Monthly Archives: May 2014

  • Creating a Healing Relationship Between Patient and Physician

     2 + 2 will always = 4.  But, two people who are dealing with cancer, one a doctor and the other a patient, what do they equal? A healing relationship is more than just two people. It is about an assumption that at the core of the relationship is the wellbeing of the patient.  It

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  • Keeping Time with the Patient Experience

    As a musician for many years, the idea of “keeping time” was never mysterious — even as a young child. Keeping time meant staying in rhythm, in tempo. In some ways, when I was trying to play faster, it meant arriving at “ONE,” the downbeat, on time.  Any hesitation was an obvious and embarrassing mistake.

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  • Reducing Hospital Noise: What Do We Do First?

    Last week I did a webinar for The Center for Health Design on the built environment, patient outcomes, and  hospital noise. I spoke about the two-part patient experience in relationship to an existing hospital room: 1) what can be controlled (dynamic space); and 2) the fixed walls, windows, doors, floors, and ceilings (fixed space). When

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  • ICU-Acquired Weakness: Powerlessness in Recovery

    Recently, The New England Journal of Medicine published an article about ICU-acquired weakness. The authors explore the physiological (neurological) outcomes of having an critical illness, being administered strong medications, being intubated, and otherwise being unable to move. Nerves atrophy and fail to function normally.  The condition is identified as critical illness polyneuropathy. Some of the symptoms resolve themselves

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  • Nurses Are Healthcare’s Angels

    If you have ever been a patient in a hospital, you know that the nurse who comes into your room is the hope you have of being pulled from the depths of illness. And, if you have ever taken care of a sick child, spouse, friend, or parent — you know that the tasks involved

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