Our Current and On-Demand Webinars
Warning: Patient at Risk! Applying MEWS to Save Lives.
Thursday, April 25th 2019 @ 12 PM ET
Barbara A. McLean, MN, RN, CCRN, CCNS-BC,
Grady Health System, Grady Memorial Hospital
Critical Care Specialist Grady Memorial Hospital, Emory University,
Beyond SIRS: Rethinking Sepsis Screening in the Hospital
Dana Edelson, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Chicago Medicine
Intra-Hospital Transport of Critically Ill Patients: How to Keep Them Safe
Sheila Whalen, DNP, RN-BC
Clinical Integration Program Manager
Rush University Medical Center
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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