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Right Care Vignette winner sounds the alarm on unnecessary bed alarms

February 2, 2017

by Judith Garber, MPP

What do you do when your patient’s well-being is threatened by rules beyond your control? St. Louis University School of Medicine resident Stephanie Cull, MD, faced this challenge when she realized that the guidelines for bed alarm placement were causing many of her patients to be unnecessarily trapped in their beds. Bed alarms are intended to prevent hospital falls, but can severely restrict patient mobility. The alarm is built into the hospital bed and beeps when the patient attempts to get out of bed.

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Medical resident learns ‘one size doesn’t fit all’ when it comes to treating patients

November 21, 2016

By Hina Mehta, MD

Last month Saint Louis University Hospital participated in Right Care Action Week for the first time. During this week, we intended to improve communication between patient and clinician by participating in a project called “What Worries You?” Our diligent medical students handed out blank note cards to patients to write down their biggest concern. We then discussed each patient’s concerns on rounds and how best to address them.

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A pediatrician reflects on a foster care child

October 31, 2016

By Niran S. Al-Agba, MD

I care for foster children in my practice. I ache for these children to know love and security, not to worry who will tuck them in at night, or whether they will be separated from their siblings. I fight hard to hang onto my foster kids once we establish a good relationship, because having the same health care provider for them as they grow will provide safety and stability to their unpredictable lives.

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Women’s Health Council to query patients about OB/GYN care

October 11, 2016

By Margie Coloian, MSJ

When it comes to pregnancy, giving birth and getting good gynecological care, women are not always provided with the information they need to make good health care decisions. Too many women undergo hysterectomy, ureterectomy, C-section and other procedures without knowing about less invasive alternatives. A recent study, for example, finds that about 60 percent of reporting hospitals had excessive rates for C-sections.

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Muir organizes RCAW events for ‘mindful listening’

October 6, 2016

By Judith Garber

In the frantic, noisy, and chaotic environment of an emergency department, stopping occasionally to listen and take in the present moment can make the difference between clinicians providing right care and a medical error. For Right Care Action Week, Jane Muir, BSN, RN, an emergency medicine nurse at the University of Virginia (UVA), is organizing several events to demonstrate the importance of mindful listening and acquire different perspectives on right care.

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Wright turns health care nightmare into action for Right Care Action Week

September 26, 2016

By Judith Garber

Susan Wright, PhD, from Marin County, CA, understands how important it is for health professionals to listen to patients, because she nearly died when doctors ignored her health concerns. Through her own infuriating experience as a patient, Wright discovered disturbing systemic problems in managed care, and recognized a need for patient advocacy and self-care. For Right Care Action Week, she is encouraging patients to share their stories in a safe space and to join the advocacy effort.

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Right Care Action Week activity probes what really worries patients

September 9, 2016

By Margie Coloian, MSJ

Last year emergency medicine residents Maia Dorsett and Alicia Oberle from Barnes Jewish Hospital and Medical Center chose something that hadn’t been tried before for their Right Care Action Week activity. They wanted to know what their patients’ greatest worries were. Along with other colleagues, they handed out index cards to patients in the ER asking them to write down their ‘biggest worry.’

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Right Care Action Week 2016: VanHouten to lead online activity about gastroparesis

August 30, 2016
By Judith Garber
n anticipation of Right Care Action Week October 16-22, we’re bringing you examples of activities that members of the Right Care community are planning. Right Care Action Week is an initiative where clinicians, patients, and others come together during the week to show what health care can and should look like. This year’s theme for Right Care Action Week is Listening. Learn more about Right Care Action Week, and get involved here!

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