Search Tag: Communication

IT Management

New President of Sectra’s Secure Communications Business Area

2016 06 Apr

Simo Pykälistö, currently CFO and Executive Vice President of Sectra AB (STO: SECT B), has been appointed President of Sectra’s Secure Communications business area. Simo Pykälistö grew up in Finland, was educated in the US and subsequently moved to Sweden.Simo Pykälistö is 43 years old and holds a degree in finance from the United States International... Read more

ICU Management

Quality and Safety: What Have We Learned?

2016 04 Oct

Communication is key when it comes to improving quality and safety in intensive care, according to Todd Dorman, President, Society of Critical Care Medicine, and Professor and Vice Chair Critical Care, Johns Hopkins University. “We need to create a culture where mistakes will be identified”, he said.Speaking at the Global Tracheostomy Collective meeting... Read more

ICU Management

10 Ways to Address Moral Distress in the ICU

2016 24 Sep

Moral distress is a reality and should be addressed by a culture of frank disclosure and good team communication. Although it is hard to find the time and space to do this, there are things that can help, says paediatric intensivist, Daniel Garros, writing in Frontiers in Pediatrics.Garros, Staff intensivist, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University... Read more

Health Management

Social Media Opportunities in Radiology

2016 25 Aug

 Why should radiologists engage in Twitter?   As the term "social media network" implies, using Twitter is about networking. The type of networking depends on your own or your group's needs. In the academic world, Twitter can serve as a tool to forge connections with other radiologists (not to mention physicians or even patients). As an individual,... Read more

ICU Management

The Right Stuff: Information on Organ Donation

2016 03 Jul

The sensitive issue of providing information about organ donation to families of potential donors whilst not seeming to pressure them into giving consent has been addressed by a randomised controlled trial in Australia. The trial compared two videos of a simulated conversation about organ donation, the only difference being the amount of information... Read more

ICU Management

Study: Change Management in the ICU

2016 27 Jun

Relocating an ICU can involve not only a physical move but changes to work practices. Relocation should be planned with a systematic change management strategy, dedicated leadership, and a communication strategy, according to a study published in Australian Critical Care.  Frances Fenghzhi Lin, RN, PhD, from the Centre for Health Practice Innovation,... Read more

ICU Management

Divergent Views on Prognosis Between Doctors and Surrogate Decision-Makers

2016 18 May

Surrogate decision makers for intensive care patients may misunderstand information given about the patient’s prognosis. Commonly, this misperception is attributed to poor understanding of medical information. However, a study from the United States, published in JAMA, has found that such discordance occurred in more than half of their sample, due to... Read more

ICU Management

Caregiver Stress - Palliative Care Consults Don’t Help More than Usual High Quality Care

2016 17 May

Research presented at the American Thoracic Society 2016 international conference showed that support from palliative care specialists did not improve anxiety and depression symptoms in caregivers of patients with chronic critical illness. Patients also saw little benefit as the additional support did not lead to reduced time on a breathing machine... Read more

ICU Management

Communication Device Used with Touch or Click of the Tongue Close to Market

2016 25 Apr

Patients in the ICU unable to speak may benefit from a device invented by Voxello, a spin-out company from the University of Iowa in the United States. The company is expecting to launch the device commercially later in 2016, following clinical trials and federal regulatory approval. Voxello’s device, called the “noddle" (combining 'noodle' for 'brain'... Read more

ICU Management

Do End-of-Life Communication Tools Improve Decision-Making?

2016 12 Apr

Patients admitted to the ICU commonly have not have discussed their end-of-life (EOL) goals with family or surrogate decision-makers. Even if patients have discussed their preferences, they may not be documented in the medical record. ICU staff therefore may need to discuss goals with families and patients. A variety of decision aids, communication... Read more

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