Monthly Archives: January 2015

  • How Hospital Television Impacts Acute Care Patients

    There are many theories about how the violent television programs influence teenagers and adults — how they might desensitize us to horrific events. However, there is little discussion about the effect of violent news, programming, or commercials on an acute care patient. A medicated or semi-conscious patient’s perception is, at best, compromised.  And, his or her sensory system is slower

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  • Use of Music with People with Dementia: Doing the Obvious

    So much research, and so little traction!  That is what’s been happening with strong data supporting the effective use of music with people with dementia. There is even research that points to the characteristics that music must have to help mitigate anxiety and stress for people with dementia, as well as patients in hospitals.  And, yet, it

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  • What’s the Price of Patient Safety?

    Good news is great news when it comes to lives saved due to effective and consistent patient safety practices. Crediting financial incentives provided in the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that 50,000 lives were saved between 2010 and 2013 due to defined practices that led to less adverse

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  • Joint Commission Opens Door for Guided Imagery

    Happy New Year to new regulations and definitions! Effective January 1, the Joint Commission’s more comprehensive definition of pain management includes both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic strategies — including physical, relaxation, and cognitive behavior therapies. Massage therapy, chiropractic strategies, healing touch, and other integrative therapies are mentioned. By acknowledging this short list of well documented non-pharmacologic therapies, the Joint Commission is

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