Our Current and On-Demand Webinars
Emergency Department Intubation in the Older Patient: Best Practices
Kei Ouchi, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Are HFOT and NIV Complementary for Acute Respiratory Failure?
F. Javier Belda, MD, PhD
Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care.
Department of Surgery. Faculty of Medicine and Odontology.
University of Valencia. Spain
Best Practices for Transitioning Patients from ICU to Step-down Unit: A Recent Study
Sarah Heili, MD, PhD
Pulmonology Critical Care Specialist,
Fundación Jiménez Díaz Quirón Salud,
Warning: Patient at Risk! Applying MEWS to Save Lives.
Barbara A. McLean, MN, RN, CCRN, CCNS-BC,
Grady Health System, Grady Memorial Hospital
Critical Care Specialist Grady Memorial Hospital, Emory University,
Today, more newborns and high-risk neonates have a better chance of thriving because of the advances in medicine and the dedicated care they receive from neonatal nurses on the front line. Developmental positioning, reducing risks of unplanned extubation and early identification of hyperbilirubinemia have contributed to improved outcomes.
Early warning system (EWS) scores are tools used by hospital care teams to recognize the early signs of clinical deterioration to initiate early intervention and management. These tools involve assigning a numeric value to several physiologic parameters (e.g., systolic blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation, respiratory rate, level of consciousness, and urine output) to derive a composite score that is used to identify a patient. Recent modifications have improved the consistency of patient outcomes.
The use of noninvasive ventilation has markedly increased over the past two decades, and noninvasive ventilation has now become an integral tool in the management of both acute and chronic respiratory failure, in both the home setting and in the critical care unit.
Intra-hospital transportation of acutely and critically ill patients is associated with significant complications. To reduce overall risk to the patient, such transports should well organized, efficient, and accompanied ideally by continuous monitoring equipment, and personnel. Protocols and guidelines for patient transfers should be utilized universally across all healthcare facilities. Care delivered during transport and at the site of diagnostic testing or procedure should be equivalent to the level of care provided in the originating environment.
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