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Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) do much more than just respond to emergencies; they play a multifaceted role in enhancing both patient care and hospital operations. They are not merely a safety net for the hospital; they act as the glue that holds the hospital together. Their effectiveness is significantly enhanced when supported by technology. Hospitals that have implemented an RRT and incorporated clinical software into their workflow have seen numerous benefits. We have previously discussed some of these advantages, such as improved patient outcomes, enhanced communication among clinical teams, and increased efficiency in emergency response. However, there are additional challenges, such as clinician burnout and staffing gaps, that can be addressed with the integration of virtual nursing. Virtual Nursing: A Game Changer for Hospital Efficiency Virtual nursing helps address these common challenges while offering numerous benefits to both clinicians and patients. In order to maximize these benefits and enhance the efficiency of these remote teams, it is crucial to integrate technology into clinical workflows. Let’s delve into some of these benefits in greater detail… Patient Care Enhanced Monitoring and Consultations:  Further improve patient care by providing real-time remote monitoring and facilitating immediate expert consultations. Protocol Compliance:  Oversee compliance with protocols such as CAUTI and CLABSI...

Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSIs) pose a significant financial burden on hospitals, leading to increased hospital stays, additional medical treatments, and higher use of healthcare resources. Each CLABSI case can cost hospitals between $22,000 to $100,000, depending on the severity and interventions required. Additionally, hospitals may face penalties from insurance companies and reduced reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid due to high infection rates. These financial strains emphasize the importance of investing in preventive measures and staff training to reduce CLABSI incidence. The Finanical Impact of CLABSI A detailed study conducted at a tertiary-care academic medical center found that CLABSI significantly increased hospital costs and mortality risk. The study revealed that adjusted variable costs for CLABSI patients were approximately $32,000 higher than for those without CLABSI (in 2010 US dollars). Moreover, CLABSI was associated with a 2.27-fold increased risk of in-hospital mortality after adjusting for illness severity and other healthcare-associated infections. These findings highlight the substantial financial burden and elevated mortality risk linked to CLABSI in both ICU and non-ICU settings. Antibiotic Resistance The issue is further complicated by antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic-resistant pathogens in CLABSI cases complicate treatment, leading to longer hospital stays, increased healthcare costs, and higher mortality rates. These infections require more complex...

Maternal sepsis is a severe infection that poses significant risks to both the mother and the fetus. It remains a leading cause of maternal mortality globally, particularly in low-resource settings. Effective management is crucial for improving outcomes. Studies have shown that the incidence of maternal sepsis ranges between 0.1% and 0.4% of pregnancies, depending on the setting (Hensley et al., 2019); (Admon et al., 2019). Notably, it is estimated that 63% of maternal deaths from sepsis are preventable with timely recognition and appropriate management (CMQCC, 2021). Causes of Maternal Sepsis Maternal sepsis is typically caused by bacterial infections, although viral and fungal infections can also be culprits. The common sources of infection include: Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs): UTIs are common during pregnancy and can progress to pyelonephritis, which can lead to sepsis if untreated. Chorioamnionitis: This infection of the fetal membranes (chorion and amnion) typically occurs during labor and can lead to maternal and neonatal sepsis. Postpartum Infections: Infections of the uterine lining (endometritis) after childbirth, particularly following cesarean sections, are a significant cause of maternal sepsis. Surgical Site Infections: Infections at the site of a cesarean section or episiotomy can develop into sepsis if not properly managed. Pneumonia:  Respiratory infections such as pneumonia can become severe...

Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) significantly strain hospital finances, incurring direct treatment costs and broader economic implications. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) reports that each CAUTI case costs around $13,793 due to extended hospital stays and additional treatments.1 HealthLeaders Media adds that CAUTIs nationally cost about $1.7 billion, underscoring the economic incentive for hospitals to enhance infection control and monitoring to reduce these expenses.3 The substantial cost associated with CAUTIs highlights the broader economic incentives for hospitals to invest in infection control protocols and monitoring practices to reduce the incidence of these costly infections. Clinically, CAUTIs pose serious challenges, increasing patient morbidity and complicating treatment. UroToday notes that these infections heighten risks of severe complications like bacteremia and sepsis.4 Research in the Journal of Antimicrobial Stewardship and Healthcare Epidemiology shows CAUTIs often have higher antibiotic resistance, further complicating treatment and extending hospital stays by 2-4 days, straining resources and emphasizing the need for strict infection control.2,5 Addressing CAUTIs requires a multidisciplinary approach, emphasizing the elimination of unnecessary catheters and timely removal protocols led by nurses, as highlighted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the American Nurses Association.6,7 Additionally, comprehensive nurse-driven catheter management practices ensure proper maintenance...

Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a stroke, making it one of the leading causes of serious long-term disability and death in the country. With more than 800,000 strokes occurring annually, the urgency for effective and efficient emergency care cannot be overstated. The difference between a full recovery and severe, lasting consequences often hinges on the time to intervention—specifically, the time from hospital arrival to the administration of critical medications.1 The Critical Window: First 60 Minutes Research has shown that administering treatment within the first 60 minutes of a stroke can dramatically reduce the risk of disability. This period, often referred to as the "golden hour," is crucial for the administration of thrombolytic drugs that can dissolve the blood clot causing the stroke. Unfortunately, achieving this has been a persistent challenge in many emergency departments across the nation. Enhancing Emergency Response To address this challenge, our innovative solution has been designed to seamlessly enhance existing workflows in emergency departments, particularly for the treatment of acute ischemic strokes. By integrating advanced third-party software systems, we provide a streamlined process that supports rapid decision-making and treatment administration. Impactful Results This solution has helped the clinical team yield profound improvements in stroke treatment metrics: 54% Reduction in...

Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) are specialized groups in hospital settings designed to provide immediate care to patients showing signs of significant clinical deterioration. These teams play an important role in the hospital - act quickly to intervene early. The main goal of this virtual nursing model is to identify and treat patients at an early stage of unanticipated clinical decline to prevent the need for emergency or unplanned transfer to intensive care. Role and Importance of RRTs in Hospital Settings Rapid Response Team’s typically respond to patients after being notified by bedside care teams who observe a patient's condition worsening. Criteria for activating an RRT vary by institution but generally include changes in vital signs, level of consciousness, or other clinical indicators. Upon arrival, the team assesses the patient, administers immediate interventions, and decides on the best course of action: further monitoring, additional treatment, or transferring the patient from acute care to a higher level of care. Incorporating Decisio's Clinical Decision Support (CDS) into RRT Workflow By incorporating the use of Decisio’s Clinical Decision Support (CDS) solution into the existing workflow, this model significantly outperforms the traditional methods of activating the Rapid Response Team. The use of clinical decision support software provides...

In recent years, nursing burnout has escalated to a critical level, affecting the morale and well-being of nurses and ultimately impacting patient care. As the healthcare industry continues to evolve, virtual nursing has emerged as a viable solution to address the challenges of burnout by improving workflow efficiencies and reducing administrative burdens. Let's explore the benefits of virtual nursing through insights from recent research and expert discussions....

In today’s healthcare landscape, the patient experience is more than a buzzword—it’s a core element of medical care that affects everything from patient outcomes to the reputation of healthcare facilities.  Let's dive into why making patient experiences a top priority is a game-changer for patients, hospitals, and healthcare teams. Improved Patient Outcomes Healthcare is all about helping people get better, but it’s not just the treatments that matter—it’s the whole experience. However, the patient experience encompasses more than just medical outcomes. It includes every interaction patients have with the healthcare system—from scheduling appointments to the manner in which doctors communicate. A positive patient experience often leads to better health outcomes. Studies have shown that when patients feel respected, supported, and understood, they are more likely to adhere to treatment plans, attend follow-up appointments, and actively manage their health, which can lead to quicker recoveries and reduced readmission rates ([Wolf 2016](https://dx.doi.org/10.35680/2372-0247.1147)). Increased Patient Satisfaction Patient satisfaction is a critical metric for evaluating the quality of care. A positive experience can significantly enhance patient loyalty and the likelihood of patients choosing the same hospital or clinic for future healthcare needs. Satisfied patients are also more likely to recommend the facility to friends and family, acting as...

The optimal oxygenation targets for mechanically ventilated patients remain a subject of debate, with conflicting evidence from the literature. However, a general consensus is emerging that hyperoxia, or excessively high oxygen levels, should be avoided....

In the treatment of sepsis, intravenous (IV) fluid management is a critical aspect of hemodynamic resuscitation aimed at restoring fluid volume and enhancing tissue perfusion....