Patients and Health Care Providers Breathe Easier with Capnography
June 11, 2013 - Capnography, a tool most commonly used in the operating room to monitor patient respiration while under anesthesia, is expanding into other patient care areas including the cardiac catheterization lab, intensive care unit and the emergency room, as well as into the field with first responders--helping everyone breathe easier about patient safety. This technology measures exhaled carbon dioxide, which can give providers early knowledge of respiratory depression and the ability to perform life-saving interventions before adverse events occur.
IVs, Crash Carts & More: A Salute to Nurse Inventors and Innovators
May 9, 2013 - If necessity is the mother of invention and Florence Nightingale is the mother of modern nursing, it’s only fitting that during National Nurses Week--culminating in Nightingale’s birthday, May 12--we take the time to recognize nurses’ inventions and the talented professionals who used their creative energy to improve patient care. Ever hear of the crash cart, for instance? It is just one of the many innovations that nurses have helped devise.
New Technology Solutions Helping Aging Nurses Stay at the Bedside
April 18, 2013 - As the population of baby boomers ages, so does the nursing workforce. In fact, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the current median age of a nurse is 46, with the largest group in their 50s. For aging nurses in an on-your-feet profession, that figure amounts to a lot of weary legs, sore backs and tired eyes in need of a reprieve.
The Latest Patient Apps in Mobile Medical Care
March 21, 2013 - Do I have an infection? What is causing my blood sugar spikes? How can I deal with this pain? These questions and more are now being handled without waiting for the next physician office visit, thanks to a wide array of medical apps that put the power of mobile medical care in your patients’ hands. In fact, the eHealth market is one of the fastest growing areas of mobile technology.
The Top Technology Concerns of Hospital Executives
February 22, 2013 - Health care technology is clearly top-of-mind for hospital IT departments and many frontline workers putting tech tools to use each day. But for those who spend their workdays in boardrooms and decision-making meetings, hi-tech concerns can be multiplied tenfold. According to a new report released by ECRI Institute, Top 10 C-Suite Watch List: Hospital Technology Issues for 2013, health care executives are faced with challenges that go far beyond health IT implementation and usage into cost, operations and overall quality of care.
Can a Star Trek-inspired Device Revolutionize Personal Health Diagnoses?
January 20, 2013 - The customary Vulcan phrase, “Live long and prosper,” may be among the most famous Star Trek quotes, and now the Qualcomm Foundation has funded a $10 million competition to help health care consumers live longer and better with help from a Star Trek-inspired device that will be developed with real world technology.