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

Three Critical Areas to Watch in EMS

By Will RunyanHot TopicsLeave a Comment

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Of the more than 13 million calls in Firehouse Magazine’s yearly survey of fire departments and EMS agencies nearly nine million needed emergency medical services. The need for EMS is great. We’re not just responding to car accidents. We’re in post-acute facilities. We’re collaborating with hospitals. We’re seeing change. Though they affect the healthcare system as a whole, these three … Read More

Four Ways Technology Can Improve Reimbursements

By Paul LiistroMedical DevicesLeave a Comment

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It’s an understatement to say long-term care has changed. In 1982, Medicaid paid for 48.3 percent, Medicare for 1.8 percent, and other public programs for 4.8 percent of the total nursing home costs.1 Today 57 percent is paid by Medicaid, with 14 percent paid by Medicare. Numbers don’t lie. That’s the beauty of technology. It keeps us accountable too. In skilled … Read More

A Four Step Plan to Preventing Sepsis with Proper Hand Hygiene

By Rosie Lyles, MD, MHA, MScClinical SolutionsLeave a Comment

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There’s a concerted effort to raise awareness of sepsis. It affects more than 26 million people and is documented as the largest killer of children.1 We are now at one year since the World Health Assembly adopted a resolution to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sepsis. At the heart of this resolution is hand hygiene. This year, there are … Read More