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Nurses deliver in the digital world: Real champions for change

Posted by Susan Niemeier, MHA, BSN, RN on Apr 12, 2016 @ 11:23 AM

This week, I decided to review a few of the articles I’d written over the years. I was drawn to an article I wrote for ADVANCE on the complexity of nursing in the digital world. Although authored several years ago, the theme is as relevant today as when it was originally published.

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Tags: Nurses, Clinical, Clinical Analytics, Clinical Documentation

A Nursing Exec's View on the State of Patient Safety

Posted by Susan Niemeier, MHA, BSN, RN on Mar 18, 2016 @ 09:01 AM

As we reflect on the themes from National Patient Safety Awareness Week, it seems appropriate that we end the work week on an important and relevant topic to most US hospitals: device alarms. The frequency and number of alarms cause a sensory overload condition described as “alarm fatigue”: a desensitization to alarms created by the overwhelming number of alarms, many of which are nuisance or non-actionable alarms. In fact, alarm fatigue has been cited as the leading cause of sentinel events according to The Joint Commission, AAMI Foundation and other organizations. Hospitals still struggle to meet the 2014 and 2016 National Patient Goals to improve the management of those alarms.

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Tags: Patient Safety, Nurses, Alarm Fatigue, Health IT, Clinical

Patient Monitoring for the Clinical Informaticist

Posted by Andrew Wescott on Mar 17, 2016 @ 09:24 AM

Information technology produces vast amounts of data; however, in order to be truly useful, systems need to be integrated and data requires proper patient context. For example, vital sign measurements alone are not actionable without knowing patient demographics, history, and current observations. Vital signs can also contribute to the calculation of an early warning score to detect early identification of a patient’s decline. This information can be sent to a handheld nursing device as an alert or to a unit view in the EMR. In this example, multiple technologies - an electronic medical record, a medical device, a clinical calculator, and a nurse call system - are all integrated to provide actionable information to busy clinicians.

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Tags: Patient Safety, Nurses, Health IT, MONITOR, Clinical

Be Prepared!

Posted by Cyndi Coyne, RN on Sep 22, 2015 @ 04:00 AM


In addition to being a nurse, I have been the proud mom to a Boy Scout for quite some time now.  He absolutely loves the Scouts and it’s been a wonderful experience for him.  I have to admit, he is growing and maturing into quite a fine young man and, with the help of great Scout Masters as well as a lot of hard work on his part, he’s developed leadership skills that he would’ve had a hard time acquiring outside of Scouts.  His ultimate goal is to become an Eagle Scout.  He is well on his way and I have no doubt he will attain it.

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Tags: Nurses, Nursing Stories, Clinical, Clinical Analytics, Nurses Week, Clinical Documentation

Are you aware that your patient’s ventilator has just disconnected?

Posted by Monica Demers on May 19, 2015 @ 11:34 AM

Blog Series: Medical device integration addresses multiple health technology hazards

It’s a thorny issue that’s difficult to defend.  Bedside ventilators become disconnected with some frequency, and the results are often fatal. The device alarms that should notify caregivers about a problem may be incorrectly set or overlooked in the noisy bustle of the hospital floor.  ECRI ranked ventilator disconnection as a Top 10 Health Hazard.

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Tags: Medical Device Connectivity, Patient Care, Medical Device Integration, Alarms and Alerts, Health IT, Healthcare Technology, Clinical, Clinical Analytics

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