Nurses Learning to Embrace Their Role in Health Technology
November 15, 2013 - Technology innovations have been behind some major changes in nursing practice over the years. Whether they liked it or not, nurses have had to change the way they share and use information, safeguard care processes and monitor and educate patients. Are they finally starting to embrace technology as a key part of patient care?
Digital Messaging Improving Hospital Communication and Care Reviews
September 10, 2013 - Following hospitalizations, patients are often asked to complete surveys as a critical component for feedback and follow-up. They answer questions about their hospital experience, including how they felt about their care, whether pain medications were delivered on time, and if their room was clean. They even report on how staff members made them feel during their stay.
How Smart Are Today’s Smart Infusion Pumps?
July 16, 2013 - In today’s high-tech times, new technology is often seen as the answer to many of our problems. In hospitals, however, no technology can possibly be a panacea to all the intricacies of patient care. Smart infusion pumps--medication administration devices that include dose error prevention software and drug libraries that assist providers in calculating dose and delivery rates--are a perfect example of “smart” technology that isn’t independently intelligent; it still requires clinicians to make critical decisions to ensure patient safety.
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.