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Tips from the Experts: Process over Chaos with Flu Season in Full Swing

Flu Season 2018 - Process over Chaos

The holiday season is over and flu season is in full swing.  Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say things may get worse before they get better due to an imperfect vaccine and exceptionally cold weather.  And this means that hospitals from California to Maine are dealing with surging EDs—leading to challenges with everything from long wait times to overnight holds to inpatient admission delays.

In fact, some health systems are seeing a 16% increase in ED visits and almost a 40% increase in acuity [according to Brittany Lindsey, Director of Patient Flow, UAB Hospital, Birmingham, AL].  “We have setup our PACUs as additional ICUs, we are looking at staffing our EP cardiology unit as a flu unit, we are using our Post Recovery for our Heart and Vascular Center as a 23 hour bedded outpatient location, and certain floors of our women’s hospital have been converted to regular acute care for all genders,” according to Lindsey.

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Categories: Author: Joy Avery, Author: Scott Newton, Command Center, Disaster Preparedness

Successful Collaboration Under Pressure: What Healthcare Can Learn from Emergency Management

Hurricane’s Harvey, Irma and Maria; a 7.1 earthquake in Mexico City; and wildfires from Montana to Southern California – September 2017 has been marked by this series natural disasters, but also by amazing stories of survival, heroic acts, and resilience.  Readiness and preparedness activities were tested. Disaster plans were stretched beyond imagination. And human spirits were pushed farther than ever thought possible.

The lessons learned from these types of situations translate to healthcare.

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Categories: Author: Scott Newton, Command Center, Disaster Preparedness, Healthcare Operations Management

TeleTracking Safeguards against HAIs and Ebola

TeleTracking Safeguards Against EbolaAbove all else, the well-being of TeleTracking’s clients and the patients they care for comes first.

TeleTracking believes that caregivers are at their best when they’re in a position to provide care as effectively and efficiently as possible.

And, that includes providing the appropriate visibility and safeguards to help prevent the spread of hospital acquired infections (HAIs).

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Disaster Preparedness, Hospital Infection Control

Are Hospitals Ready for Disaster Threat?

Are U.S. Hospitals Ready for Disaster Threat?Since 1970, the world has experienced over 125 thousand terrorist attacks, including 58,000 bombings, according to the Global Terrorism Database.

While the sheer number of events peaked in 1992 at over 3,000, attacks such as 9/11 demonstrate the need for hospitals to continue to prepare for disaster threats.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Disaster Preparedness, Healthcare Operations Management, Operational Efficiency