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4 Models for Alarm Vigilance

February 10, 2016 by Tim Gee

The method of arranging medical devices and those that recognize and respond to alarms is fundamental to alarm safety. The following are the 4 models or methods for alarm vigilance and notification in use today. These models are: line of sight,out of sight, monitoring techs, and automated notification. Let’s look at each one in turn.[read more]

TBI: Some Surprising Statistics

February 9, 2016 by Bernadette Coleman

A traumatic brain injury(TBI) is a blow to the head that disrupts the function of the brain. Not all hits to the head result in a TBI. Injuries can be mild to fatal, it just depends on how hard the head was hit and the speed of the treatment that was given after the injury. Here are some surprising statistics regarding TBI.[read more]

Making the Cancer “Moonshot” a Reality

February 9, 2016 by Robert Rowley

Cancer treatment, like all of American healthcare, is at a crossroads. America spends more per person on healthcare than any other country in the world, and cancer care costs have been rising faster than other medical costs. Despite incurring the highest costs, we are not getting our money’s worth. America does not have the lowest cancer death rates.[read more]

Must Have Apps for Nurses

February 5, 2016 by Michael Jones

Almost every shift, I grab my phone and look up something. Whether it’s a medication I’ve never even heard of, much less given before, or a medical condition with which I am not familiar, I look to my phone to fill me in.[read more]

Patients Believe Partnership With Clinicians Will Improve Health

February 4, 2016 by David Harlow

The Society for Participatory Medicine released a report of a national survey today finding that a significant majority of Americans seem to consider themselves engaged patients, with positive views of collaborative relationships with providers, self-tracking (and sharing personal health data with providers).[read more]

Colon Cancer Diagnosed at Earlier Ages

February 2, 2016 by Liz Seegert

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Disease risk increases with age, but those of certain ethnic backgrounds are being diagnosed with the condition at younger ages than ever before, say authors of a new study from the University of Missouri School of Medicine.[read more]

Forecasts for neurointerventions in acute stroke

February 2, 2016 by Patrick Driscoll

Endovascular techniques are increasingly seen and used by practicing clinicians as preferred therapeutic modalities in prophylaxis and treatment of acute stroke and are likely to expand their role in the years to come.[read more]

Monitoring for Deteriorating Conditions

January 27, 2016 by Tim Gee

Monitoring patients at risk of a deteriorating clinical condition (DCC) is a growing patient monitoring need in almost every hospital. Here’s why… For many years, the need to monitor patients outside traditional high acuity units has been a growing requirement in hospitals. Signs of this growing need have been evident in a number of areas.[read more]


Tech and Precision Medicine: 29 Companies Who Will Lead the Charge

January 22, 2016 by Eugene Borukhovich

Tech companies will likely win large deals in the battle around precision medicine. Why? Those that understand technology and the goals of medicine will be able to create value in the precision medicine value chain by offering platforms to interpret and connect data points.[read more]

Should Patients Consult Dr. Google?

January 19, 2016 by Michael Kirsch

Every physician has had patients who come into the office with reams of paper from an Internet search. Usually, this approach uses a net that is just slightly over-sized for the task at hand. It would be like using a butterfly net to catch a paramecium.[read more]

Evidence based defensive medicine

January 15, 2016 by David E Williams

Defensive medicine –when physicians provide or recommend unnecessary treatment or testing in order to reduce their chance of being sued– has always bothered me. It harms the patient, drives up costs, and can be self-serving by generating more income for the provider. I’m also skeptical about whether “defensive” medicine really reduces the chances of being sued.[read more]

What’s the Glasgow Coma Scale?

January 11, 2016 by Bernadette Coleman

The most common way to describe a person’s level of consciousness is called the Glasgow Coma Scale. It is the most common way to describe the level of consciousness in an individual who has suffered a brain injury. Learn more about it in this blog post.[read more]