February 11, 2021

COVID-19 Is Having an Effect on Cybersecurity Efforts

Capsule Technologies Cyber Security Manager Christophe Doré discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the cybersecurity of healthcare institutions with interviewer Susan Morse, Managing Editor of Healthcare Finance News.

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February 3, 2021

Stolen Patient Records a Hot Commodity on the Dark Web

by Paul Nadrag

Cyberattacks against healthcare providers have accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic. A medical record is a treasure trove of data that can be used for a variety of illegal activities, harming both the patient and the institution. Repercussions might persist for years.

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January 14, 2021

A Nurse’s Greatest Fear, Part 2: Giving Clinicians Greater Insight & Improving Patient Safety Outside of the ICU

by Cyndi Coyne, BSN, RN

Continuous monitoring of SpO2 and EtCO2 could help nurses in non-critical care areas identify decompensating patient conditions and intervene sooner to save lives.

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Why Capnography is Essential for Postoperative Care
December 15, 2020

Why Capnography is Essential for Postoperative Care

by John Zaleski and Gregory Eckstein

The suppression of ventilation and reduced airway protection can leave postoperative patients vulnerable to respiratory failure from “opiate-induced” or “immobility-induced” respiratory depression. Continuous capnography monitoring provides instantaneous respiratory status to help clinicians identify and prevent complications.

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Prevent Patient Deterioration
November 24, 2020

A Nurse’s Greatest Fear: Missing Signs of Preventable Patient Deterioration

by Cyndi Coyne, BSN, RN

Patient care requires continuous cognitive shifting and stacking to identify and prioritize clinical tasks. Processing the vast volume of information alone is stressful, then consider that shifting and stacking can potentially distract a clinician from noticing a warning sign of patient deterioration. The best result would be a slight delay in the delivery of needed care, while the worst result would be A Nurse’s Greatest Fear.

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Better Detect Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression
November 10, 2020

How to Better Detect Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression Without Turning Every Unit Into an ICU

by Gregory Eckstein and John Zaleski

Postoperative patients are predisposed to episodes of respiratory depression, which if not detected and treated can lead to apnea, anoxic brain injury, cardiac arrest, and death. By continuously monitoring the patient’s end-tidal carbon dioxide (EtCO2), respiratory rate (RR) and fractional inspired CO2 (FiCO2) through capnography, clinicians can more accurately assess ventilation adequacy and predict the onset of declining cardiovascular and respiratory conditions.

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