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Right now, technology is diminishing clinician and patient experience. It could and should be improving them.How should doctors and nurses spend their time? Ideally, talking with patients about their pain and progress, examining their illnesses and injuries, and planning their treatment. But, that’s a shrinking part of clinicians’ days. Luckily, it's a reversible trend.A study by the University of Wisconsin last year determined that primary care physicians spend more than half of their working hours on administration such as updating health records, ordering tests and inputting billing codes. Read More
A new study led by Western University and Lawson Health Research Institute has found that most patients entering hospital intensive care units (ICU) for non-brain-related injuries or ailments also suffer from some level of related cognitive dysfunction that currently goes undetected in most cases.The findings were published today in the influential scientific journal, PLOS ONE. Many patients spend time in the ICU for reasons that have nothing to do with a known brain injury, and most health care providers and caregivers don't have any evidence to believe there is an issue with the brain. For example, a patient may have had a traumatic injury that does not involve the brain, yet still requires breathing support to enable surgeons to fix damaged organs, they may have issues with their heart or lungs, they may contract a serious infection, or they may simply be recovering from a surgical procedure like an organ transplant that has nothing directly to do with their brain. Read More
Researchers have identified a drug-free approach to treating MRSA using blue light and hydrogen peroxide.“We found that blue light bleaches a pigment residing in the membrane of S. aureus,” Ji-Xin Cheng, professor of biomedical engineering and electrical and computer engineering at Boston University, told Infectious Diseases in Children. “This increases the permeability of the membrane, allowing hydrogen peroxide to enter bacteria and kill them.” Cheng and colleagues wrote that drug-free treatments for MRSA are needed because antibiotic resistance is outpacing the development of new antibiotics. Read More
A new intensive care cocoon developed by a Brisbane hospital aims to reduce "absolutely petrifying" delirium that occurs in up to 80 per cent of patients being treated in a hospital intensive care unit (ICU). ICU delirium is caused by multiple factors, but is exacerbated by the noise, light, and sleep deprivation experienced in an ICU. Former ICU patients say their lengthy stays in hospital left them with psychological scars long after they healed physically. The aim of the ICU cocoon is to provide a calmer and more secluded stay in hospital, using noise-cancelling technology and video screens. ICU delirium is a serious condition that results in an acute change in the mental state of critically ill patients, with disturbances to their consciousness, attention, cognition and perception. Read More