Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) forms are available across the country. Compared to living wills and durable power of attorney documents, POLST forms have been associated with significantly higher decreased odds of resuscitation attempts in the field and increased odds of out-of-hospital death for patients with “comfort measures only” directives.
Patient engagement is important to promote safety in healthcare, and patient-centered decision-making is a central means to facilitate this engagement. There are several clinical trials suggesting that engaged patients have a significant mortality reduction.
Through face-to-face interviews and field notes, Caramanzana collected data from 12 millennial nurses with at least two years’ hospital work experience in New York City and Long Island, New York. The nurses had to have been born between 1982 to 2000 and self-identify as a millennial.
Engaging patients in their care isn’t a matter of manners. It’s crucial to ensuring the best possible outcomes, that all your information is right, and that the will of the patient is understood.
Communication is the cornerstone of good healthcare. Despite all the external challenges we face with the system in which we work, those few minutes we spend with patients and their families are precious — and are what we will be remembered for.
The searing abdominal pain came on suddenly while Dr. Rana Awdish was having dinner with a friend. Soon she was lying in the back seat of the car racing to Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, where Awdish was completing a fellowship in critical care.
“In patients well into their 80s, with other chronic conditions, it’s highly unlikely that they will receive any benefit from screening,” says Dr. Cary Gross.
There are plenty of things clinicians can do to better evaluate pain in dementia patients and other patients who may not be able to communicate verbally.
Every facility wants to give the best possible care to every patient who walks through its doors, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. But wanting to help people isn’t the same as helping them or knowing what they need.
The single most important thing a physician can do in caring for transgender patients, is to advise them where to find counselors who can provide appropriate gender dysphoria therapy. Why? The transgender population is at nine times the risk for attempted suicide as the general population.