A few weeks ago, there was a story all over the news and social media, featuring a video of a nurse being taken into custody after refusing to allow blood to be drawn from an unconscious patient. In the video, a police officer was demanding that he be allowed to draw blood from the patient who was under her care, though he had no warrant to override direct consent from the patient, which he was unable to give. The officer became irate at her refusal, though she explained that it was her job to protect the rights of her patient, and placed her in handcuffs.
In the end, the nurse came out as the hero, and there was an investigation of the officer who was wrongfully asking for the blood sample and wrongfully placed her into custody. It was a dramatic scenario and quite frightening to any medical professional who cares about their patients, even though the final outcome was positive.
At some hospitals, this has caused serious discussion about the place of nurses and other care providers in being the point of contact with the police. Changes are being made at some facilities to remove those directly responsible for patient care from the equation so they are no longer required to interact with the police. If your facility is not one of these, it is important to know how to protect yourself and your patients in similar scenarios. Continue reading “Protecting Yourself while Protecting Your Patients”
Superbugs have been causing issues, claiming the lives of patients, and perplexing physicians for years. These antibiotic-resistant invisible monsters can create a dangerous situation within a clinical or hospital setting in a very short period of time. It can be extremely difficult to eliminate the contamination from these superbugs in a reasonable time, particularly when you need to flip a patient room and prepare to treat another individual. Continue reading “New Tech: UV LightStrike Robots Eliminate Superbugs”
The years of residency may seem like they will never end, but while the days may seem long, the years will fly by. Before you know it, you’ll be ready to take on your first position as a physician. You should take care during your residency to begin preparing for the next phase of your career. Not only should you be trying to soak up as much knowledge and experience as possible, but also start to lay the groundwork for the next steps in your future as a physician. Continue reading “5 Things to do During Residency to Prepare Yourself for Practice”
Suicide is a subject that isn’t the most comfortable to discuss, but it is critically important to raise awareness. Medical professionals, especially, should take the time during Suicide Prevention Month to do a bit of self-education on the warning signs and take time to assess the mental health of themselves, their patients, and those around them. Continue reading “September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month”
Giant technological advances in healthcare and medicine are developing at a rapid rate. From growing organs in labs to stem cell treatment and 3D printing to surgical robots, these innovative changes are going to help minimize costs, improve the way medical staff work, and most importantly, save lives. As experts in healthcare recruitment, from travel nursing jobs to roles in therapy, we keep track of all the latest trends in the industry.
A lot of the technologies mentioned in our recent hospitals of the future project, here, may not be available for many years to come – some are still several decades away. However, medical developments are happening all the time, many of which people may not even be aware of. In the next five years, some breakthrough treatments may become available in the medical world that are sure to change the lives of millions. Continue reading “Hospitals of the not so distant future…”
When patients are diagnosed with a condition that requires extensive or long-term treatment, going the “take two of these and call me in the morning” route might seem the simplest way to go, but it can be detrimental to their personal outcome. Patient education is a very important part of the diagnostic and treatment process that should not be overlooked or glazed over. In fact, some hospitals and practices employ patient educators whose specific job it is to work with patients to improve their understanding. Those who have a better understanding of their condition, how it can affect them, things they can do to improve their own outcome, and the why and how of their diagnosis and prognosis are better patients and will have a better outcome and outlook as they go through treatment. Continue reading “Educating Patients is as Important as Medicine”