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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.

Taking Care of Patients and Your Institution's Best Interests

Posted by Heart Hugger on Jan 9, 2018 6:51:00 PM

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As you develop relationships with your patients, as a doctor or nurse, you have to consider every aspect of their care, while also considering your medical institution's best interest. As you go through the process of your patient's care, you will want to consider the process of recovery. Each patient will recover differently, but there are recovery aids which could benefit your patients in a big way.

Why Your Patients Need Heart Hugger

Posted by Heart Hugger on Nov 6, 2017 7:23:00 PM

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In today's world, we have a lot of questions and three times as many answers. Sometimes, that's a good thing. We can get second (and third) opinions on just about anything. We can get the same information from a variety of perspectives. We can choose how to solve problems because the power of technology and modern study has afforded us the ability to decide on the best option instead of the only option. However, more choices can also mean more confusion. How can anyone know if they're making the best possible choice when there are so many possibilities? The key is to get all of the information, study the facts, and then, ultimately, trust your instincts--and this is especially true when making patient care decisions.

Sternum Stabilization for Broken Ribs

Posted by Heart Hugger on Oct 11, 2017 7:31:00 PM

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As we know, properly stabilizing the chest after injury or surgery is incredibly important. This is because of how important the chest itself is; without strong support and protection, everything from breathing to a normal heart rate can be affected, and all of it comes at a steep price to the patient's comfort and healing progress. Yes, sternum stabilization is crucial--but when a patient has broken ribs, sternum stabilization becomes even more important.

STERNUM SUPPORT FOR EVERYONE

Posted by Heart Hugger on Aug 1, 2017 2:57:00 PM

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The healing journey after cardiac surgery looks different for each patient. Some patients need more time to heal, while others want to be back on their feet as soon as possible--but one thing that all patients struggle with is pain. Pain is a universal part of the healing journey, and, luckily, there's a solution that's just as universal: sternum support.

STERNUM STABILIZATION WITH THE SURGI SUPPORT VEST

Posted by Heart Hugger on Jun 27, 2017 12:13:00 PM

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man recovering from heart surgery

When you don't feel well, what is it that you look for or do to make yourself feel better? For some of us, the key to comfort might be a movie and a warm drink. For others, listening to good music might be the key. Still others prefer to turn to comfort food to make themselves feel better--after all, there's a reason it's known as comfort food! Whatever it is that you turn to when trying to make yourself feel better, you can clearly see that your body and your mind, working together, know what to do in order to help you. It's like your body was programmed to know what it needs (even if it's just a chocolate bar) and when it needs it. The same is true after heart surgery--although your body might require a little help knowing just what it needs.

HELPING HEAL A FRACTURED STERNUM

Posted by Heart Hugger on Jun 8, 2017 4:13:00 PM

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Healing a broken bone often seems easier than recovering from heart surgery, but maybe they're not so different after all. They might even have more in common than we realize. There are a set of conventions and steps for treating a broken bone--can the same procedure be used to speed the cardiac rehab process?