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Restoring humanitarian ideals of health care is focus of Lown Conference

March 16, 2017 (Boston, MA)—Clinicians, researchers, patient advocates, trainees and policymakers will address the ineffective, wasteful and unsafe practices within the U.S. health system at the 5th Annual Lown Institute Conference, Beyond the Bottom Line: Defending the Human Connection in Health Care. The conference takes place May 5-7 at the Boston Marriott Quincy.

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John Michael Nardo: One Not-So-Boring Old Man

March 15, 2017

By Shannon Brownlee, MSc

You probably never heard of Mickey Nardo, but readers of Right Care Weekly would have appreciated his intelligence, humor, and skeptical view of a health care system that spun increasingly out of control during the time when he was a doctor. John Michael Nardo, known as Mickey to one and all, was the brilliant, kind, and sometimes funny voice of, the blog he started after retiring from his academic position in psychiatry at Emory University.

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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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