VALUE BASED HEALTHCARE

 Is our Outcomes Pledge Program Too Good to Be True?

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.

intensive care unit

The Puritan Bennett™ 840 Versus the Puritan Bennett™ 980 Ventilators

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.

intensive care unit

BIS™ BRAIN MONITORING TECHNOLOGY INCREASES SEDATION ASSESSMENT CAPABILITIES IN THE ICU

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.

Medical-Surgical Floor Challenges

Smarter Communication To Save Time on the Medical-Surgical Floor

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.
Anaesthesia, Sedation & Respiratory Compromise

5 Tips to Assess the Difficult Airway: The LEMON tool

In this article we review the tool LEMON which has been used in different clinical settings.

Anaesthesia Digestive & Gastrointestinal (GI)

The Role of the GI Endoscopy Nurse

Around 1-1.5% of the population requires an upper or lower endoscopic investigation of the gastrointestinal tract each year.6 Gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures are used as diagnostic, as well as interventional. It includes gastroscopies where the scope is placed inside the oesophagus, stomach and first part of the small bowel; and colonoscopies where the scope is inserted in the large bowel. Nurse’s play an important role in these procedures. In this article we highlight the role of nurses in gastrointestinal endoscopy.

Anaesthesia, Thoracics & Lungs

COPD & Anaesthesia

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a major cause of chronic morbidity and mortality throughout the world. It is currently the fourth leading cause of death in the world.7 An estimated 3 million people have COPD in the UK, of whom 2 million have undiagnosed COPD.8 It is responsible for over 30,000 deaths, 1.4 million General Practitioner consultations, a million hospital bed days and it costs the NHS over £800 million each year.9

Medtronic Respiratory & Monitoring Solutions EMEA

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