Posts by Brian Shoenfeld

Using Patient Care Technology to Improve the Patient Experience

The Evolution of Technology in Healthcare Up until the recent past, transformative patient care technology consisted primarily of electronic medical records (EMRs). EMRs were a mainstay in many healthcare organizations’ technology investments, providing a single place to maintain and share patient medical records. EMRs dramatically reduced errors, maximized cost-efficiency and allowed for better coordination between…

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Improving Patient Care through Technology

The patient journey through the healthcare system has evolved over the past half-century. While the end goal of providing quality patient care to achieve the best outcomes is still the end goal, how that care is delivered has dramatically changed. Healthcare providers are improving patient care through technology, leveraging its unique capabilities to create a…

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The Crash Cart Checklist: Is It Enough to Reduce Patient Risk?

The Essential Crash Cart The purpose of a crash cart is to store and transport emergency medication and equipment, providing physicians and nurses immediate access to life-saving items. One report by the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey found approximately six million patients were triaged into the “immediate category” in emergency departments across the United…

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Medication Mistakes: Who’s at Fault?

A Tragic Medication Error In a recent article by The Institute for Safe Medicine Practices (ISMP), “Another Round of the Blame Game: A Paralyzing Criminal Indictment that Recklessly ‘Overrides’ Just Culture”, the inherent risk and prevalence of medication errors are put front and center once again. The article discusses how a nurse is facing criminal…

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The ACLS Crash Cart Requirements: What You Need to Know

What Is ACLS? For many people in healthcare, a Basic Life Support (BLS) training is all they need. The course is led by an instructor who teaches basic life support skills. For others, a more advanced course is required. The Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) course enables healthcare professionals to treat patients with life-threatening cardiovascular…

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Hospital Efficiency: Does A Medical Storage Cabinet on Wheels Make A Difference?

Efficiency and Accessibility Go Hand in Hand Hospital efficiency is, of course, about boosting productivity while reducing workloads and costs, but it is also about delivering better patient care. Inefficient workflows, inaccessible equipment and supplies, unnecessary expenditures and waste all lead to poorer patient outcomes. They can also lead to low staff satisfaction. With over…

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Vacuum Fixation Cushions: How to Choose

What Is a Vacuum Fixation Cushion? In order to properly prepare a patient for radiation therapy, technicians must completely immobilize them to prevent the radiation beams from penetrating non-treatment areas of the body. Any movement from the patient, an improper angle, or differing positions each treatment could result in collateral tissue damage and/or ineffective treatment…

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What to Look for When Purchasing Medical Supply Carts

Types of Medical Carts “Medical supply carts” can be a catch-all phrase that may encompass many types of medical carts, each delivering unique functions to optimize specific workflows. According to Market Watch, the medical cart market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 13 percent by 2024. Today, healthcare facilities have plenty of options…

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Medication Management: Reducing Drug Diversion

The cost of prescription drug diversion has skyrocketed over the past 20 years. In dollar terms, the DEA estimates drug diversion is a $25 billion industry, not to mention to cost to patient safety, organizational reputation, and bottom lines in terms of penalties, fees, and lawsuits. With all of the collateral damage included, Pharmacy Times…

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