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A Simple Patient-Activated Tool Saves Lives, Cuts Costs, Improves Patient Satsfaction

To err is human, and over 100,000 people die each year in U.S. hospitals from provider errors. Patients have been culturally excluded in our “doctor-knows-best” society, limiting the most important constant and voice, the patient or their primary advocate. A patient-level, multi-functional turnkey intervention can empower them to help in this role…while being happier and safer in the process. The Patient Pod is a multi-tool ...more »

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Increasing efficiencies through web-based virtual reality clinical and non-clinical education

Many novice nurses are thrown into hospitals with little direct supervision, forced to juggle multiple patients & make critical decisions for the first time in their careers. It is unrealistic to expect nursing grads to have had all the training they need when they depart academia- as a result about 1 in 5 newly licensed nurses quit after the first year contributing to the predicted crisis-level nursing shortage. Nurse ...more »

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Patient Safety Doulas: Utilizing the Knowledge Base of Retired Nurses to Improve Patient Safety

Inpatient wards are frightening to many pts, and many errors and problems occur in the context of patient care. We rely excessively on patients' families to monitor their care and communicate with staff. Many nurses wish to retire early because of chronic health issues or because they cannot handle the physical demands of full time nursing. These nurses are often forced to live on less than desirable incomes because ...more »

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Get Temple Grandin to Redesign Inpatient Wards

Temple Grandin has experienced great success in redesigning stock handling systems to make them more humane and efficient by empathizing with the animal's point of view. I believe she would be equally successful in redesigning inpatient wards and work patterns for the same reasons, to make them more humane, increase patient satisfaction and safety, and to eliminate self-defeating practices. We would need to catch her ...more »

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Re-engineering health care for cost savings, improved safety

Health care is grossly under-engineered: medical devices don't communicate, treatments aren’t specified and ensured, and outcomes are largely assumed, not measured. A cockpit is simpler than 30 years ago; it’s more error-proof and built-in defenses enhance safety. ICUs, which contain 50-100 pieces of separate electronic equipment, appear unchanged. Patients are at risk for a dozen preventable harms and should receive ...more »

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Help Nurses Improve Patient Safety and Outcomes

“Restrictions on practice scope, policy- and finance-related limitations, and inter-professional tensions have undermined nursing’s ability to provide/improve both general/advanced care” (IOM, 2011, p. 4). Tangible changes (increased RN staffing) did not result in major improvements. Research suggests non-tangible factors may limit efforts and nursing group (NG) empowerment (NGE; capability to achieve goals) may be a ...more »

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