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The Importance of PFT in 'Long COVID'

By NDD on Jan 5, 2022 2:52:09 PM

There is a clear need to better understand and monitor the long-term effects of COVID-19, and that starts with increasing PFT availability by adding testing equipment wherever possible.

Much attention has been focused on the ever-rising death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course, the “light in the darkness” is that, thanks to the heroic efforts of physicians, respiratory therapists, nurses, and the rest of the clinical team, most people infected by the virus do, in fact, recover.

In addition, many who get infected don’t even encounter an inpatient care team. These mild COVID-19 cases are managed much like other respiratory infections - with supportive care and other therapies prescribed through an ambulatory care provider. But as we enter the third year of this pandemic and learn more about the SARS-CoV-2 virus, we continue to encounter more and more surprises.

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4 Key Tips to Keep in Mind for Your End-of-Budget-Year Procurement

By CME Corp Staff on Nov 17, 2021 1:30:00 PM

The end of the year is a busy time in the healthcare industry, and if you’re responsible for equipment purchases, you’re surely aware of the time running out for budgeted items. Add a global pandemic into the mix and you'll understand that time is of the essence. You may have approved items that have yet to be purchased before year-end or else you'll lose the approval.  Or, you may have a budget allocated that, if unspent, it will be reduced next year.

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3 Reasons to Choose the InnerSpace Ventaire™ Scope Drying & Tracking Cabinet

By Cindy Juhas on Nov 10, 2021 12:37:33 PM

Gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy is incredibly helpful for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of many digestive diseases. Endoscopes used for procedures are notoriously hard to clean, and there are gaps and variations in implementing effective infection prevention practices for them.

Sure, proper cleaning protocols are absolutely critical, but if the endoscopes are not dried properly, this can lead to patient infections which no one wants! Choosing the right scope cabinet can help standardize cleaning routines, decrease infections, comply with The Joint Commission (TJC) inspections protocol, and keep track of all your endoscopes.

Here are three reasons to choose the InnerSpace Ventaire Cabinet:

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The Essential Crash Cart Supply Checklist

By Metro Healthcare Solutions on Nov 1, 2021 12:30:32 PM

Crash carts are an essential part of any medical facility. These carts need to be properly supplied and secured to ensure availability when an urgent situation arises. It is important that these carts are standardized throughout the facility as you never know where or when a situation may occur

Crash carts need to be ready to take on an emergency. Is yours? If the answer is no, then you might have some work to do. If your crash cart isn’t being utilized efficiently, there are a few underlying reasons as to why that is. The first is that the crash cart you invested in isn’t a proper match for your facility. The second revolves around supply management. Having the right supplies on a crash cart is vital because caregivers often need them immediately for the patient to survive.

In a 12-month data review of hospital data, the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority found 56 reports that showed emergency response calls where supplies or equipment were missing or expired. Of the 56 statements, 35 referenced issues with crash carts themselves, and 21 referenced problems with unavailable supplies or other supply management issues.

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6 Ways Managing Equipment with RTLS Helps Design A Better Care Experience

By Jeanne Kraimer on Nov 1, 2021 8:20:00 AM

In today’s hospital setting, missing mobile medical equipment is a widespread problem. Nursing teams and biomedical teams can’t find equipment, which not only impacts the timeliness but also the safety of patient care.

Hospital executives typically look to resolve perceived equipment shortages by purchasing more equipment. However, the equipment they already have is likely underused: the average asset utilization rate is 30 to 40%.

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Supporting Healthcare Workers with Enhanced Safety and Security

By Kim Barnhardt on Nov 1, 2021 8:15:00 AM

Protecting workers is a must for all businesses, but it is especially essential in healthcare. Delivering acute care involves stressful scenarios where emotions run high. Patients suffering physical or mental trauma can become uncooperative or belligerent. Others could be under the influence of drugs or alcohol and threatening violence. This will always be a concern for the Emergency Department (ED), where anger can quickly escalate.

The threats are very real in healthcare. In fact, healthcare workers amount to almost 50% of all workplace violence victims.

Care providers are the greatest assets of an acute care facility, and protecting them is priority one for hospital administration and management. Options to protect workers shouldn’t be complicated or costly. As technology becomes easier to use and more closely connected, sometimes what is needed is a wearable badge with a button to push.

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Why Regular Wheelchairs Just Won’t Do!

By Staxi® on Oct 18, 2021 9:45:04 AM

The challenges faced by today’s healthcare providers are demanding and vast. Within this mix are the problems faced when using regular, outdated wheelchairs.

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4 Ways CME Can Help You Cope with Healthcare Equipment Delays

By Cindy Juhas on Oct 7, 2021 9:55:28 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic has continued to cripple the healthcare equipment supply chain. Raw materials such as steel, chrome, aluminum, plastic, and electronic parts are scarce, demand is high, and global transportation is bottlenecked all along the supply chain. Add a shortage of workers in the factories, at the docks, at rail yards, trucking companies, within healthcare systems, and you’ve encountered the perfect storm.

We are seeing lead times on some items increase to five and six months. These longer lead times delay the opening of crucial new medical facilities, and they also hamper healthcare systems’ financial recoveries from the pandemic.

Here are four ways CME Corp can assist you in getting your equipment on-time:

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Healthcare-Associated Infections Beyond the ACA: Download the eBook Here

By CME Corp Staff on Sep 28, 2021 7:30:00 AM

Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) cost facilities billions of dollars and cause 99,000 deaths annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At CME Corp, we consider this trend to be nothing short of tragic, but we do have some answers.

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