One in every five in-hospital patients is affected by Postoperative Delirium.([FOOTNOTE=Wilson, J. E. et al. Delirium. Nat. Rev. Dis. Prim. 6, (2020).],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=]) Delirium is an adverse complication that can occur in patients of any age, from children to the elderly, and is associated with a considerable amount of distress for patients and caregivers.([FOOTNOTE=Aldecoa C, Bettelli G, Bilotta F, et al. European Society of Anaesthesiology evidence-based and consensus-based guideline on postoperative delirium [published correction appears in Eur J Anaesthesiol. 2018 Sep;35(9):718-719]. Eur J Anaesthesiol. 2017;34(4):192-214.],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=])
Fortunately, advanced science and extensive research has led to preventative methods which can help reduce the occurrence of delirium.
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.
Obesity is becoming more prevalent in the UK. Recent UK government statistics suggest that 20% of adults are obese and 1% morbidly obese.([FOOTNOTE=Lotia (2008) Anaesthesia and morbid obesity. Continuing Education in Anaesthesia Critical Care & Pain, Volume 8, Issue 5, October 2008, Pages 151–156 Available at https://academic.oup.com/bjaed/article/8/5/151/268305],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=])
This blog post discusses the risks, potential complications, and costs of cerebral oxygen desaturation. It also explains how regional oximetry and early detection of changes in a patient’s cerebral oxygenation and end organ perfusion allows you to intervene faster.
In this short video, Andreia Trigo talks about different types of anaesthesia, differences between general anaesthesia and sedation, and gives 5 tips to make sure you are keeping your patients safe.
Pain management is an essential element in the medical health system and in patient care. Medicine has advanced in uncovering the physiological process of pain, and more recently the underlying mechanisms of nociception have gained increasing attention in the medical community.([FOOTNOTE=Smith, S. J. Advances in understanding nociception and neuropathic pain. J. Neurol. 265, 231–238 (2018).],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=]),([FOOTNOTE=Gan, T. J. Poorly controlled postoperative pain : prevalence , consequences , and prevention. 2287–2298 (2017).],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=])
Medtronic seeks to highlight the clinical relevance of intraoperative nociception and its management, and to enhance global awareness of this less considered aspect of pain.
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.
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.([FOOTNOTE=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.],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=]) Recent guidelines highlight the risks of contracting COVID-19 among those caring for infected patients.18 The guidelines recommend that airway management clinicians take precautions to further protect against droplet-borne pathogens.18