Healthcare News & Insights

EHR update helped with warfarin management

Many hospitalized patients are put on the drug warfarin to keep them from developing blood clots. However, warfarin can have serious side effects that affect a patient’s recovery, including severe bleeding problems and skin necrosis. So it’s important to closely monitor the use of the drug – and your hospital’s electronic health records (EHR) system […] [MORE]

Death after discharge: Why healthy patients die following ED visits

When patients visit the emergency department with seemingly nonthreatening illnesses, hospital staff do what they can to prevent unnecessary admission to the hospital. However, some of these admissions may not be unnecessary after all, judging by patients’ outcomes once they’ve been discharged from the ED. 

Hospitals create spaces for family caregivers

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. 

How one patient’s critical illness can affect entire hospital ward

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 plays big role in patient outcomes

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 go the extra mile to prevent patient loneliness

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. 

Best tech strategy to boost medication adherence

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? 

Full moons & hospitals: Myths v. reality

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 attacks: Boosting patients’ chances of survival

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]

More hospitals creating ‘post-discharge’ spaces

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.