Nursing is hard work that takes its toll. Burnout among nurses is pervasive and can impact patients. Certainly, feeling stressed and exhausted can make it hard for all of us to concentrate and function. However, when nurses who care for patients in the hospital struggle with the effects of burnout, the impact can be devastating. […]
Dangers for ICU Patients
Highly trained doctors and nurses care for seriously ill patients in intensive care units (ICUs) using cutting edge equipment and techniques. Although patients generally receive high-quality care, ICUs can be dangerous for patients due to the combination of very sick patients, invasive treatments, and the high stress environment. What are the dangers for ICU patients? […]
Risks for Patients in Intensive Care Units
Highly trained providers treat the sickest of the sick in intensive care units (ICUs) using high-tech equipment. We’ve all seen the news stories about COVID-19 patients receiving treatment in ICUs. Of course, it’s not just COVID patients who need ICUs. Other very ill patients who are at high risk also receive care in the ICU. […]
How Do You Get C. Diff Infections?
Many of us think of hospitals as sterile places, kept immaculately clean, free of germs. And certainly, no one goes into the hospital expecting to get even sicker from a bacterial infection. However, hospitals are not kept as clean as they should be, exposing patients to dangerous germs. One such germ, Clostridium difficile (often referred […]
Handwashing in Healthcare Could Save Your Life!
Imagine you saw something disgusting on your hands, such as a bit of feces or blood. You would not hesitate for even a second. You would be at the sink, scrubbing away the yuckiness. It’s gross and seems dangerous – of course you’d want to wash it off immediately. But what if there is something […]