Ask These Four Questions to Improve Hand-Off Communications

By Martie L. MooreClinical SolutionsLeave a Comment

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Teams need to talk. Facilities need to have a dialogue. Healthcare is moving in the right direction when it comes to improving the patient experience by improving patient safety. Recently, we saw the announcement and creation of the National Steering Committee for Patient Safety. This collaboration supports the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s goal of reducing patient harm with one focus … Read More

What We Can Learn from Candida auris Outbreak

By Rosie Lyles, MD, MHA, MScHot TopicsLeave a Comment

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In May, I attended the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s advisory committee for infection control. From there, along with weekly monitoring, I am now hyper aware of the next emerging deadly pathogen: Candida auris. This fungus is considered to be a serious global threat because it’s multidrug-resistant, can only be identified in specialized labs and is already causing outbreaks … Read More

Seven Steps to Improve Clinician Well-being

By LeAnn ThiemanHot TopicsLeave a Comment

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Nurses, and all clinicians need to feel appreciated because that impacts their well-being. This goes beyond just an idea of feeling good. Did you know hospitals can lose up to eight million dollars a year because of the current rate of nurse turnover?1 Many days you are so busy taking care of others, you forget to care for yourself. You … Read More

The Importance of Accurate Measurements When Treating the Critically Ill

By Mary Pat EbleMedical DevicesLeave a Comment

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With more than 5.7 million patients admitted to U.S. intensive care units (ICUs) each year, accurate and timely monitoring of the five critical vital signs most closely tied to outcomes is key to patient care. Most studies summarize these five as: Core body temperature (CBT) Heart rate (HR) Blood pressure (BP) specifically mean atrial blood pressure (MAP) Respiratory rate (RR), … Read More