Hospitals not only need to provide a healing environment for patients, but they also must give proper support to family caregivers. Caregivers play a significant role in a patient’s recovery, and if they don’t have the information and support they need, outcomes may not be favorable.
When looking at patient outcomes, it’s key to consider all areas that could negatively affect patient recovery, including those from unexpected sources. New research shows a surprising factor may play a role in medical setbacks for patients: witnessing other patients get worse in the hospital.
Nutrition is an essential part of patients’ recovery, and many hospitals are realizing it’s a good idea to work with patients to increase their knowledge of nutrition and access to healthy foods. New research shows providing better nutrition care directly improves patients’ outcomes after hospital stays.
Volunteers are an essential part of daily operations at many hospitals. While typical volunteer activities involve minimal interaction with patients, some facilities are having their volunteers take extra steps to engage with elderly patients in an attempt to improve the patients’ recovery and outcomes.
With medication adherence, there are several steps hospitals can take to help patients remember to take their medications, including methods that rely on technology such as text messages. But how effective are these strategies long term?
Halloween is a holiday filled with frights and fun for people of all ages. But, for some hospital staff, one phenomenon is even scarier than the thought of ghosts and goblins: a full moon. There’s much debate about whether full moons bring crazy situations to hospitals. However, many doctors and nurses strongly believe this happens […] [MORE]
Heart attack survival rates are one of the key metrics the feds are watching for hospitals. And with new research suggesting that elderly patients are more likely to survive heart attacks when treated at some facilities instead of others, it’s important for hospitals to make sure they’re among the top performers with outcomes after heart […] [MORE]
Because patient outcomes are commonly tied to reimbursement, hospitals have placed more effort into making sure that care transitions are appropriate for patients. While some have bolstered their discharge planning procedures, others have used different approaches to make sure patients are more likely to have a smooth recovery.
The transition from hospital to home after discharge can be problematic for patients – particularly those who are frail or elderly. Just because a person’s been cleared to go home doesn’t mean he or she is completely healed, or ready to be left alone. That’s why some facilities are taking extra steps to make sure […] [MORE]
Keeping seniors from unnecessary hospital visits is essential, especially as Medicare penalties for readmissions and poor patient outcomes continue to increase. New research shows another strategy that hospitals can use to help seniors avoid visiting the emergency department and improve the quality of care they receive.