Medical-Surgical Nursing is the heart of patient care in acute care hospitals. Med-surg nurses provide expert monitoring as patients recover from injury, surgery or illness and make the transition out of the hospital. Most adult patients, except for those delivering babies, spend time on a medical-surgical unit. Often, this is where they take their first steps or eat their first meal on the road to recovery. These nurses provide education and support to the patient and family that prepares them for leaving the hospital and continuing their recovery. Med-surg units are some of the busiest places in a hospital; patients… Read more.
November 18, 2013 marks the beginning of Get Smart About Antibiotics Week. Spearheaded by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the observance is designed to remind both patients and providers about the sensible and appropriate use of antibiotics.
Earlier this year I told you about a study to test a new approach in the fight against MRSA. The study, REDUCE MRSA, was conducted at 43 HCA-affiliated hospitals involving nearly 75,000 ICU patients over 18 months. It concluded that using antimicrobial soap and a nasal ointment on adult intensive care unit patients reduces bloodstream infections, including MRSA, by 44 percent. These results convinced HCA to begin implementing this protocol, called universal decolonization, in its adult hospital intensive care units in 2013.
Medical City’s Dallas Valve Institute became the first U.S. hospital to perform a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commercially-approved heart procedure that, until now, had been approved only for patients in clinical trials. The procedure is known as Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), which we’ve talked about before on this blog.
Every year, an estimated 300,000 people die in the United States due to blood clots. Blood clots are an important part of healing from a cut, scratch or even surgery. Red blood cells collect near the wound and prevent bleeding. Some clots however, can form when a person becomes immobilized and muscles aren’t regularly contracting to push blood back to the heart. The blood becomes stagnant and can form small clots that become larger over time. When detected, a clot near the skin’s surface can be easily treated. But what if the clot has formed in a vein deep inside… Read more.
Cancer is a scary word. It has little regard for the plans you’ve made for your life and the relationships you cherish. As you may know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In 2012 alone, more than 200,000 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer; men and women. Still, there is hope. Every day, more and more research is being done to find a cure. The National Breast Care Coalition has even set a deadline for the end of breast cancer – 2020.
Yesterday, the health care industry’s primary accrediting body the Joint Commission, released it’s list of Top Performers. We are excited and honored that 71% of HCA hospitals were included on the list. Here’s a list of the HCA hospitals from the Joint Commission’s list.
The use of diagnostic imaging like CT and PET scans is an essential part of modern medicine for both diagnosis and treatment. Radiation, when delivered in the right dose, can be very effective. A CT scan, for example, can help doctors see cross-sectional images of the patient’s bones and soft tissues and reveal internal bleeding, tumor location, blood clot and infection. To achieve these images, CT scans expose patients to much more radiation than a standard X-ray. Recent studies have raised questions about how multiple scans might be disadvantageous if not absolutely necessary. HCA set out to address this issue… Read more.
Palliative care refers to the medical care of patients in the final hours or days of their lives. In 2010 a study by the New England Journal of Medicine found that patients who received palliative care for a terminal illness (like lung cancer for example) were happier and in less pain than those not in the palliative program. End of Life Care has been a passion of mine from the early days of my career as a critical care nurse. I worked in a surgical-trauma ICU. The most tragic part of my job was talking with family members in the… Read more.
June is Men’s Health Month , celebrated across the country with screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities. The centerpiece of this observance is National Men’s Health Week, a recognition event proposed by Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton on May 31, 1994. This year, National Men’s Health Week begins June 11th and ends on Fathers’ Day, June 17th. Men’s Health Network (MHN) is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to reach men, boys, and their families where they live, work, play, and pray with health prevention messages and tools, screening… Read more.