MedStaff Update: October 2013
For decades, interventional radiologists have used heat or cold energy to cook small tumors inside the body. But improved microwave ablation technology is allowing these same physicians to destroy larger tumors, and tumors that lie near blood vessels, giving patients whose diseases were once inoperable a chance to become tumor free.
Surgeons have been performing transoral, or natural orifice, procedures for decades. But a new robot allows them to reach further down the throat, get better access and see better once inside, and these refinements mean shorter hospitalizations for their patients, less blood loss, better healing and fewer post surgical complications.
For three days in late September, nearly 500 attendees filled the halls of the Li Ka Shing Center for the second annual Stanford Medicine X Conference. Thousands more watched online. And all were asked to imagine a health care future that harnesses technology to improve collaboration between providers and patients to improve health care.
By Steve Chinn, DPM, MS, MBA, Director, Accreditation & Regulatory Affairs
Communication between care team members is a critical function. When the information sent is received accurately and timely, processes are carried out according to expectations. But when combative outbursts change the dynamics of team communication, teamwork is disrupted, and patient care is threatened. Read some examples of Stanford Alerts For Events (SAFE) reports.
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By Nancy J Lee, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, Vice President for Patient Care Services
Nothing is more important for patient safety than effective communication among all members of the care team. Yet under the fast pace and time pressures that physicians and nurses experience, making better communication a priority can be very challenging. When we take on the challenge to improve communication for increased safety, we also improve other critical aspects of our operations, resulting in a win/win outcome for patients, caregivers and SHC.