Search Tag: emergency department

ICU Management

Does Bedspacing Affect Quality of Care?

2014 14 Sep

Overcrowding is an ongoing concern across hospitals. When the number of patients requiring hospital admission exceeds the number of available department-allotted beds, patients are often placed in a different specialty's inpatient ward, a practice known as “bedspacing”. For example, patients admitted to the general internal medicine (GIM) service might be... Read more

Cardiology Management

Outpatient Improvements May Prevent AFHS Readmissions

2014 12 Sep

A recent study finds that repeat emergency department (ED) visits for acute heart failure suggest a lack of appropriate outpatient care. It was found that nearly one-third of acute heart failure syndrome (AHFS) patients seen in hospital emergency departments in Florida and California had ED visits during the following year. The study was conducted... Read more

Executive Health Management

Pet Therapy For Hospital Employee Stress

2014 01 Sep

A number of hospitals have long used therapy dogs to help their patients. Now, even emergency room doctors and nurses themselves have turned to pets to help relieve the stress from their daily work. At the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, ER physicians and nurses forego their sandwiches during their lunch hour in order to have "puppy" time... Read more

ICU Management

Futile Care for Some Delays Care for Others

2014 29 Aug

Recent research shows that providing futile treatment to ICU patients delayed the availability of care services – often for four hours or more – for other patients requiring transfer into the ICU. In some instances, requests for ICU transfers were cancelled after patients had waited a day or longer when the ICU was full. These data came from a three-month... Read more