The Value-Based HealthCare Outcomes Pledge Program is a collaborative and long-term partnership designed to address healthcare complications that result in poor outcomes and higher costs. This outcome-based partnership follows clinical protocols, clinician education, and targeted goals to help improve clinical outcomes.
Communication challenges can impact the medical-surgical floor. And those challenges may affect care. We have four important ways to help you manage them. Find out how you can help improve communication and patient outcomes on the wards.
In this blog post, you can read more about containing and preventing the spread of contagious respiratory pathogens like the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (SARS-CoV-2).
Patient-ventilator asynchrony is a common problem, as delivery of ventilatory support often does not correspond with patient demand.4 In this blog post, we’ll discuss how asynchrony can affect your patients — and how you can address the issues it can cause.
Although capnography has historically been used mostly by anaesthetists, it is becoming more common in different clinical settings, being used by nurses, paramedics and doctors non-anaesthetists in emergency departments, interventional rooms and recovery departments. In this article we talk about the 3 important aspects you must notice in capnography, to interpret and make clinical decisions.
The level of carbon dioxide that is released at the end of an exhaled breath is called End Tidal CO2 (ETCO2) and it reflects the patient’s ventilatory status.5,6,7 In this article we discuss the key facts in understanding this technology and its implications in clinical practice.
Video laryngoscopy used in the operating room supports first-attempt success of airway intubation. Research also shows that video laryngoscopy can help prevent clinician exposure to droplet-borne pathogens and further improve your safety.8 Recent guidelines highlight the risks of contracting COVID-19 among those caring for infected patients.8 The guidelines recommend that airway management clinicians take precautions to further protect against droplet-borne pathogens.8
In a typical ICU environment, a 1 to 1 or 1 to 2 ratio of nurse-to-patient has been the common standard. Due to a dramatic influx of patients admitted to the ICUs across the country, clinicians are overwhelmed needing to increase the patient to nursing ratio. This just compounds the strain that’s put on already stressed clinicians.
Are you considering an upgrade of your Puritan Bennett™ 840 mechanical ventilator with the Puritan Bennett™ 980 mechanical ventilator? Or are you evaluating these mechanical ventilators for the first time?
Compare the two so you can understand some important differences and make the right decision for your hospital.
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6. American Association of Sleep Technologists (2018) Technical Guideline End-Tidal CO2. AAST. Available at https://www.aastweb.org/hubfs/End-Tidal%20CO2%20-%20AAST%20Technical%20Guideline.pdf
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8. Cook TM, El-Boghdadly K, McGuire B, McNarry AF, Patel A, Higgs A. Consensus guidelines for managing the airway in patients with COVID-19: Guidelines from the Difficult Airway Society, the Association of Anaesthetists the Intensive Care Society, the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine and the Royal College of Anaesthetists. Anaesthesia. 2020;75(6):785–799.