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How Hospitals Can Reduce Complications in Heart Surgery Patients

Posted by Heart Hugger on Aug 23, 2018 11:31:00 AM

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Complications after heart surgery are bad news for patients, but also for hospitals. Wound complications in a patient can be devastating financially for hospitals, especially when handling Medicare and co-morbid patients. The cost to hospitals can range from $13,000 to $100,000 per complication. Then add on the financial penalties that hospitals face for having excessive readmissions according to the 2010 Affordable Care Act. It’s evident that there is a great need to reduce the chances of complications following a patient’s surgery.

Why Heart Pillows are Ineffective After Heart Surgery

Posted by Heart Hugger on Aug 7, 2018 10:07:00 AM

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As a trained medical professional, not only are you tasked with helping patients through difficult health issues, but you are also tasked with finding the medical solutions that make the most sense for your patient and your hospital. The Heart Pillows (also known as cough or cardiac pillows) that are distributed at hospitals, although they are well-known and widely used, are actually ineffective for patients and cause hospitals more money in the long run. Heart Pillows serve as great memento’s and may provide a little mental comfort for patients, but nothing more than that.

Evidence-Based Recovery Support for Respiratory Splinting

Posted by Heart Hugger on Jun 16, 2018 11:23:00 AM

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There is an ongoing discussion about how to best address the needs of patients who are recovering from heart surgery. With new technology, new medications, and continual anecdotal support for certain techniques, it’s no surprise that in our digital age there is a demand for more options and more evidence.

One type of post-op recovery support available is the Heart Hugger, a patient-operated harness that helps with pain management in addition to wound stability and sternal support.

Considering Respiratory Splinting for a Fractured Rib

Posted by Heart Hugger on Sep 8, 2017 7:46:00 PM

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Rib fractures are surprisingly common. Just like with every other bone, ribs can be fractured in multiple different ways, and the specifics are crucial in deciding treatment and care. Rib fractures can be uncomplicated, which means that the bone is broken in only one location, or complicated, which means that the ribs are broken in multiple locations or are extremely unstable. Because of the location and huge responsibility of the ribs themselves, even an uncomplicated rib fracture could lead to serious complications; internal chest bleeding, lung collapse, fluid accumulation, and countless other medical issues can arise. As a result, there are a few important things to consider when you have a fractured rib.

RESPIRATORY SPLINTING: THE ANSWER TO POST-THORACOTOMY PAIN

Posted by Heart Hugger on Jan 25, 2017 12:19:00 PM

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It is said that pain after a thoracotomy is among the most severe post-surgery pains--and it's likely that your patients would agree. You know just how much of an obstacle to healing pain can be, bringing obstacles and possible complications, but luckily, there are answers. With respiratory splinting, managing post-thoracotomy pain is easier than ever.

THE BENEFITS OF POSTOPERATIVE RESPIRATORY SPLINTING

Posted by Heart Hugger on Jul 6, 2016 5:38:00 PM

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If you have cardiac or thoracic surgery planned in the near future, then you’re also going to have many questions concerning the procedure. What is the procedure going to be like? How long is the recovery time expected to be for a procedure like this? Your surgeon will be able to answer the majority of these questions, however, having never gone through the procedure themselves, it may prove difficult to explain how it feels to have a surgical wound.

Uses of Respiratory Splinting

Posted by Heart Hugger on Jan 28, 2016 1:19:00 PM

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How often do you think about breathing? For most of us, the answer is "almost never." Perhaps we think about breathing when we are underwater, or when we have the breath knocked out of us, or when we're breathing hard during a particularly strenuous exercise. Essentially, we seem to think about breathing most when we can't breathe right--and while that allows us to focus on other things in our everyday lives, it also works against us when breathing isn't so easy. Whenever we have difficulty breathing, it seems that's all we can think about. Luckily, with Respiratory Splinting, breathing can become easy and natural again.