Blood Clots

Take the Challenge Out of Managing the Complex Obstetric Patient

This article originally appeared on OBGYN.Net. It has been reproduced with permission.

June 10, 2014
By Lisa Enslow, MSN, RN-BC, and Lynn Razzano, RN, MSN, ONCC

Pre-planning is key to achieving the most optimal clinical outcomes for patients with multiple challenging risk factors or individual characteristics. Read More

Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

8 overlooked ways to improve patient safety

Fierce Healthcare recently reported on the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety presentation at this year’s AORN annual conference.

As Fierce Healthcare reported:

When it comes to patient safety, it’s essential for nurses and staff to properly manage and monitor patients receiving opioids, field leaders said.

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Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

8 Key Points to Improving Patient Safety: Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety Presents at AORN Annual Conference 2014

At the annual conference of Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), which took place March 30 – April 2, 2014, the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) presented eight key points to improve patient safety and health outcomes.

Three of the most commonly overlooked clinical points are:

  • Verify hand–off or transition of care from nurse-to–nurse that continuous electronic monitoring is in place, has been maintained and double-checked.
  • Double check PCA dosing, pump parameters, and continuous monitor settings.
  • Include in the post-operative orders daily lead changes and hands off communication on lead changes to decrease nuisance alarms.

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Alarm Fatigue, Practices & Tips

Clinical Tip: Alarm Fatigue the Newest Clinical Hazard

By Lynn Razzano RN, MSN, ONCC (Clinical Nurse Consultant)

Increasingly we are seeing publications, alerts and evidence of the clinical phenomena entitled: “Alarm Fatigue”. What is the scope of this latest hazard and what are the new implications for clinical practice change. Read More

Blood Clots, Practices & Tips

Clinical tip: Completely preventable problems cost an average-sized hospital millions per year

By Lynn Razzano RN, MSN, ONCC (Clinical Nurse Consultant)

That’s the bottom line of a report from the Healthcare Management Council (HMC). HMC analyzed federal data to identify the most common hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) as well as their annual cost per patient and the annual average cost to hospitals. Read More