There is compelling news this week that the national effort to reduce healthcare-associated Infections (HAIs) is working. The report from the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) infection tracking system, the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), contains data from more than 11,500 healthcare facilities.
There are three things that come to my mind every February – Valentine’s Day, American Heart Month, and New York Fashion Week. Love, desire for healthy living and fashion – it’s the prefect trifecta to get through this wintery month.
We recently told you about a new way we’re giving time back to patients and nurses. Vitals Now takes a patient’s vital signs and adds them to their medical record as soon as they’re taken in the room. This is a HUGE time saver and allows nurses to do more of what they love; take care of patients.
Would you know if you were having a stroke? It may be harder to detect than you think. Not long ago, we told you about Diane McPeters who was denied she was having a stroke while she was having it! Her fiancee caught the whole thing on video. Pretty amazing.
What’s the best feeling in the world? It’s a tough question. There isn’t one right answer and chances are you have several things that come to mind. I feel best when I know I’m helping people. Many share this desire to do something that impacts others in a positive way. It’s a big reason people choose a career in healthcare. That’s definitely true for me.
My cancer diagnosis came in May of 2007 after months of feeling like something was not right with my health. I was getting sick frequently and the illnesses would linger for weeks at a time. I noticed that the lymph nodes under my jaw and in my neck were enlarged and I was always tired and could not get through an evening without a nap after work. I had seen a doctor for some tests, but nothing significant showed up. A few months later, I asked for a complete physical with blood work and that is when the red flags… Read more.
Real Data Right Now Taking vital signs is a mainstay of quality healthcare. It’s also one of the most labor-intensive tasks facing nurses and medical staff, who until now, have taken the information, written it on charts and later transferred it to a patient’s electronic health record.
What would you do if you knew your risk for a heart attack was high? Would you get help immediately? What if you didn’t have health insurance and your family lived on a tight budget? Would those factors impact your decisions?
What a year! 2012 was our first full year blogging and it was a blast. We learned a lot and are looking forward to sharing more with you in 2013. But before we set our sights squarely on year ahead, we wanted to look back one more time and highlight our five most popular posts from 2012. You may be surprised by our winners. Top 5 HCA Blog Posts of 2012 1. Happy Nurses Week Y’all Music Video – this one was a lot of fun to make. We even gave away the song for free…which, technically, you can still… Read more.
We all know that it can be easy to put on a few extra pounds around the holidays. Our friends at H2U work with people everyday to help them achieve their health goals – like losing weight. I asked them if they had any advice for our readers (that’d be you), to help avoid some of the unwanted weight gain that can happen during the holidays. H2U sent over a great video and we’ve embedded it below. We hope you enjoy it and we wish you all a happy and healthy holiday!