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How is the ICD-10 implementation going so far?
The deadline for the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 was October 1. So far, most physicians and practices seem to be adapting well, though there are some instances where things are not going as smoothly as hoped.
Is ICD-10 going smoothly for you and/or your facility?
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Emergency Medicine Career Articles of Interest
Google Glass Has Possibility to Transform Emergency Medicine Consultations
Source: University of Massachusetts Medical School Communications
Researchers have revealed how Google Glass can help physicians in detecting certain poisonings, improve patient care, and potentially decrease overall costs of toxicology consults. Google Glass could allow physicians to take and enlarge photos and then share them with remote specialists to help better diagnose patients. Similarly, Google Glass also offers an extremely portable alternative that could grant remote patients access to care who otherwise could not receive it. This technology has the possibility to completely transform the baseline for emergency telemedicine services as we know them.View the complete article here.
Focusing on Patient Safety is Key to Retaining Emergency Room Nurses
Source: Kevin MD
Emergency room nurses are faced with grueling hours, little support from upper level leadership, extreme numbers of patients, relentless negative reinforcement and an overall poor work environment. Studies have shown hospital systems around the country focus on patient satisfaction as a marker of quality care rather than patient safety, which, according to one physician’s opinion, should be concerning. According to the author of this editorial, a shift in healthcare must be made from measuring quality of care through patient satisfaction to patient safety if we hope to have experienced ER nurses in the emergency room in the future. Read the complete article here.