Healthcare News & Insights

Make your ICU more family centered

Critically ill patients in hospitals need a great deal of support. Besides round-the-clock care from trained professionals, patients in the intensive care unit must also have support from their family members. The environment in the ICU isn’t always conducive to family involvement. New guidance hopes to change that. 

ICU isn’t always best bet for patients

Figuring out ways to cut healthcare costs is crucial for hospitals, since pressure to reduce expenses has been increasing from both payors and the feds. Because of this scrutiny, hospitals must be careful that the care patients receive is appropriate for their health conditions. 

How telemedicine is revolutionizing health care

Telemedicine has been around for more than 40 years, originally serving as a way to connect doctors to rural patients. With rural hospitals continuing to close at an alarming rate, this is still a highly valid use. However, as technology has evolved over the decades, so has telemedicine. Today, it’s a safe, convenient, cost-effective way for essentially any patient to […] [MORE]

Hospitals fall short with physician staffing in ICU

Critically ill patients in intensive care units usually need a great deal of medical attention. And they have better outcomes when hospitals meet the appropriate staffing requirements for the ICU. However, many hospitals are opting not to hire the most specialized physicians, and this practice may negatively affect patients’ recovery. 

2 ways technology is improving ICU patients’ care, experience

Technology is improving patients’ experience and care at hospitals every day. Facilities can take advantage of many different options to boost outcomes and satisfaction, especially regarding some of its most vulnerable patients in intensive care. 

Boost retention of ICU nurses: Here’s how

ICU nurses currently have high rates of turnover and burnout. One new study gives insight into how hospitals can avoid this phenomenon.

Laughter is the best medicine, even for hospital ICU workers

When you work in a hospital, especially the ICU, you aren’t often presented with the opportunity to let out a deep belly laugh. And if you are, it’s often not appropriate to laugh about it … at that time! But we should all take a moment throughout the day to have a good laugh — […] [MORE]

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria: Is universal use of gloves & gowns the answer to containment?

When it comes to the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which are associated with increased patient morbidity and mortality, healthcare workers are a key factor. That’s why hospitals implement sanitary protocols. But do those protocols really work? 

What role should hospitals play in curbing ‘futile’ treatments for critically ill patients?

When it comes to caring for critically ill patients, questions often arise, including one that’s inevitable: If the patient’s prognosis is poor, should hospitals recommend treatment be stopped?

Critically ill patients get help through music therapy

When patients are critically ill and receiving mechanical ventilation, it’s vital to keep their spirits up. Reason: A number of studies have proven that patients in the intensive care unit suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), cognitive impairment and depression — none of which help in their recovery.