At some point in your life, you may have to visit or stay in a hospital room. This may never be something you're looking forward to, but with recent and upcoming developments, things are getting better. A hospital is a vast space to manage, and over the years some institutes have let certain things fall by the wayside. Not anymore. In an effort to keep patients safe, healthy and comfortable, many hospitals are revamping and reevaluating their infrastructure. The hospital room is a place of health and healing, and to maintain this status, certain things have to be kept up to par at all times. From the simple things, like providing a patient with a microfiber Twin XL comforter, to complicated things like a caregiver screen, that shows a digital documentation of the patient's situation; hospitals are bucking up.
For those who work in the hospital industry, the changes being made offer them the opportunity to be better care providers. This isn't exclusive to doctors, as some may think. The technologies and supplies coming to market now will help facilitate the jobs of nurses, orderlies, students and administrators, equally. The point is that we want patients to get better sooner, and to be comfortable when they have to stay in the hospital. The only way this can happen is if the facilities are modern, and focused on making the jobs of the staff go smoothly. Here are a couple of the most recent developments in hospital technology that are being utilized in institutions around the country and world, today:
Technology for easier medicine administration.
Especially when children and the elderly are involved, administering medication is often a long and error-prone process. Dependant on if the medicine is ordered in milligrams, if it has to be diluted, and if the patient's weight and age have to be taken into account, things can get mixed up when this process is done manually. Through technology like the Artemis System, the software can sync with the barcode of any medication and deliver the most accurate conversion for medicinal administration.
Easier fracture mending procedures.
Children are notorious for being very active, even when in pain. Specific to setting and mending fractures, it can sometimes be impossible to get them settled. Other times, they may endure additional pain during the process, rendering them non-receptive. Some hospitals won't do this procedure at all, and prefer to refer the patient to another hospital. With the use of Ketamine, which has been proven safe for child use, things are changing. In the simple process, Ketamine is administered and the child becomes mildly sedated but feels no pain. The cast is then set and the patient is allowed to leave. Much, much easier than it was before!
These are just two of the many changes being implemented in hospitals around the country today. Every year, more research is being conducted to help create products, services and technology to help patients feel better, faster. To find out more about these developments, you can always peruse the publications on the New England Journal of Medicine website.