Understanding Newborn Bereavement – Laurie Van Damme Interview

Recent discussion and news coverage about the way presidential candidate Rick Santorum and his family memorialized the short life of their newborn baby several years ago has brought attention to the issue of newborn bereavement and shown that the importance honoring the lives of newborns is not widely understood. Every year there are around 19,000 neonatal deaths (within the first 28 days) in the U.S. Behind each of those deaths is a family trying to make sense out of what happened. Our job as nurses is to help however we can as they grieve their loss. So, to help shed… Read more.

Meet HCA’s First Babies of 2012

The New Year brings with it stories from cities across America about the first babies born in 2012. Here are the stories of two born at HCA facilities. The first baby born in Ogden, Utah, possibly in the entire State of Utah was Jaden Adams, born five seconds after midnight at the birthing center at HCA’s Ogden Regional Medical Center, Ogden, Utah. In El Paso, Texas, Cristina Jaquez, 28, gave birth to a healthy 7-pound, 2-ounce boy at 12:01 a.m. Sunday at Del Sol Medical Center. Veronica Munoz, the charge nurse for the postpartum floor said in an interview with… Read more.

Four Ways to Help Your Local Nonprofit without Spending a Dime

With every New Year comes the hope of improving upon the year before. Maybe you want to improve something about yourself or your family. Or maybe you want to help improve your local community by supporting your local nonprofit. Nonprofit giving still hasn’t returned to pre-recession levels, and one report suggests that we won’t see that level of giving until 2016. The silver lining in that report, however, is that giving did increase 2.1% from 2009 to 2010 which is a small step in the right direction. People ask me all the time how they can help and I always… Read more.

Want to Email, Text and Facebook with Your Patients? Seven Considerations

Our world is filled with constant communication – tweets, email, text, instant messaging, Facebook and more. It can be hard to keep track of all the options! When you look at the essence of what each of those do, they are a way for us to stay connected – with friends, family, co-workers, the world, etc… These tools are here to stay! The big question is how this will affect the healthcare industry. Will these options to connect improve doctor patient communication and promote better outcomes? Healthcare consumers are ready to connect with their physicians and hospitals differently. And I… Read more.

Live Tweeting a Surgery at Rose Medical Center

Rose Medical Center, in Denver, recently tried something different to help educate the public about a new procedure called Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT). Instead of holding a class they decided to use Twitter to live tweet a real IORT surgery! Dr. Barbara Schwartzberg performed the operation on a patient who had early stage breast cancer. Both the surgery and the live tweeting were successful. And thanks to Twitter, people who were interested in learning more about the procedure were able to ask their questions and get answers directly from the experts via Twitter. For a full transcript and recap of… Read more.

49ers Linebackers Visit Good Samaritan Hospital

The San Francisco 49er linebackers have the biggest hearts in the NFL, and they reach out to their tiniest fans. Throughout the season, the linebackers fine themselves for minor violations like being late for activities, bad language, lapses in attitude, etc. Near the end of the season, they use the fund to buy holiday gifts for children in the greater 49er community – and they deliver them personally. This year’s visit from the 49ers brought Parys Harolson, NaVorro Bowman, Monte Simmons and Patrick Willis to Good Samaritan Hospital’s Pediatrics, Mother/Baby Unit, Pediatrics Intensive Care Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.… Read more.

The Most Important Healthcare Innovation in the Next Decade: The Smartphone?

What comes to your mind when you hear the words “healthcare innovation”? My guess is that most of us think about new medicines or procedures.

Improving Patient Safety by Improving Design

When I was starting out in nursing, I used to divide my assignment list on my orthopedics unit by those patients who had IVs and those who did not. The patients with IVs were the exception, not the rule and they required more of your attention. Ever counted an IV drip rate using the second hand on a wrist watch? Back then, IVs were something special, not something that every patient had. Through the years, technology has made tasks (like counting the drip rate for example) easier but I wonder if it has also made us a bit complacent. IVs… Read more.

100 MPH Wind Gusts in Utah? Lakeview Hospital’s Story

WOW!  What a way to kick off December.  I never thought I would experience hurricane force winds in Utah, but that is kind of what happened.  On 12/1/11 we had gusts that topped 100 mph!  As a result, there has been millions of dollars of damage already reported in our community and at one point there were 50,000 people without power.  This was truly a disaster that has impacted many lives. More than anything right now, I want to express my appreciation for all of the incredible support and heroic work that was provided last week.  The immediate response we… Read more.

Power through the Holiday Slump – Tips from Hannah Curlee

Holiday food is delicious. Healthy? Not so much. Hannah Curlee, from NBC’s The Biggest Loser, shares some of her ideas on ways to avoid losing sight of your personal health goals during the holiday season. Don’t worry, she’s not going to beat you up because you enjoyed your favorite green bean casserole. But she does have some tools to share that will help you enjoy all that delicious holiday food without sabotaging your journey to better health.

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