Search Tag: protocol

IMAGING Management

Improving Ultrasound Efficiency with Scanner-Based Protocols

2016 28 Feb

As ultrasound is an operator-dependent modality, there are clear advantages to implementing scanner-based protocols, since they improve consistency and efficiency, simplify the workflow for sonographers and ensure that all the images required are obtained. A study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology evaluated three examinations for... Read more

Health Management

Implementing Dose Monitoring Software In A Radiology Department

2016 27 Feb

MEETING THE CHALLENGESImplementation Considerations Before planning implementation of dose monitoring software you should be aware of some challenges that need to be met. This is a tool, which offers many options, but the available features may not match your department’s expectations and requirements. Awareness of what exactly the department’s needs are... Read more

IMAGING Management

The Role of a Protocol Management Feature in Improving Ultrasound Lab Efficiency

2016 20 Jan

Objectives: To demonstrate a reduction in keystrokes and ultrasound exam time by utilizing the Mindray DC-8 iWorksTM and iWorksOBTM  protocol manager with the iNSertTM feature for documenting  pathology. Methods:  Three sonographers performed carotid exams, abdominal exams and thyroid exams using manual annotations and measurements and following a scripted... Read more

ICU Management

Protocol for Identifying Patients at Risk of AKI

2015 08 Nov

A new streamlined approach for early detection and treatment of acute kidney injury (AKI) has reduced mortality rates by 23 percent and hospital length of stay by 13 percent, according to a pilot study presented at ASN Kidney Week 2015 in San Diego. AKI is a common condition that affects 21 percent of hospitalised adults and 33 percent of hospitalised... Read more

ICU Management

How to Manage Pain in the ER

2015 16 Jun

A simple yes/no question could be an effective tool to help patients decide for themselves whether their pain is adequately controlled, according to researchers conducting a study to evaluate the efficacy of a new evidence-based protocol to treat acute, severe pain in emergency department patients.  Simply asking the question, "Do you want more pain... Read more

Executive Health Management

Protocol Urged for In-hospital Stroke Patients

2015 07 May

A Canadian study published online in JAMA Neurology reveals that patients who had a stroke while hospitalised for another reason waited longer before being diagnosed and receiving treatment, compared with those who had strokes before entering the hospital.Researchers also found that patients with in-hospital stroke were more likely to have a comorbid... Read more

ICU Management

Study: Protocol Increases Appropriate Antibiotic Use

2015 19 Jan

According to a retrospective study, an antibiotic protocol that determined antibiotic use based on risk for health care-associated infections significantly increased appropriate prescription of antibiotics in a paediatric ICU. The study has been published online in Annals of the American Thoracic Society.  Researchers evaluated patients with an infection-related... Read more

ICU Management

Protocol Overhaul: Rethinking Pre-Surgical Routines

2014 27 Jun

Despite the trauma associated with invasive surgery, standard surgical protocols often restrict a patient’s diet and exercise before and after an operation. Doctors are beginning to question the wisdom behind such procedures, which were probably originally put in place to benefit surgeons more than patients. If patients are able to prepare for and recover... Read more

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