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        Despite the efforts of modern medicine to provide safer and easier methods to reduce the physical and psychological stresses of surgery, one effective and simple strategy that has been underestimated is the use of blanket warmers.

Pre-warming the patient is vitally important before entering surgery.  One of the side effects of inducting anesthesia is an immediate drop in body temperature.  However, a warm blanket helps to reduce this temperature drop.  Sometimes the body temperature decreases more during surgery.  A warm blanket can remain on the patient and maintain a warmer body temperature throughout surgery.  If this temperature drop is not maintained, it can lead to post-surgical complications such as perioperative hypothermia, prolonged hospitalization and recovery, and an increase in the risk for infection.  Unfortunately, hypothermia is not an easy condition to treat, but it is very preventable; yet, it is one of the most common complications from surgery.  One of the best solutions for prevention is provided by Lakeside’s Blanket Warmers.  Since blankets do not transfer a lot of specific heat capacity, blankets can be safely heated from 98° to 200° for maximum patient comfort without risk of burning or harming the patients. 

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Social media, one of the major revolutionizing forces in the current generation, manages to affect everyone one way or another. Through the recent social media explosion over the past few years, sites like Facebook and Twitter have gained hundreds of millions of fans and followers. Though still in its early stages of development, healthcare social media is primed to make significant progress over the next few years and should be considered by all in the industry as an innovative way to improve quality of care and service.

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Efficiency in the healthcare industry is becoming more and more important as providers look to cut costs and enhance the patient experience. One way to achieve these goals is to create a better delivery system.  Specialty medical carts are designed specifically to adapt in a rapidly changing industry. Lakeside’s specialty cart line is based off its classic carts, but engineered to provide more customization for those who need it.

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Given the recent movement toward more efficient healthcare, many providers are looking for new ways to increase value for their patients while at the same time reducing operating costs. Mobile healthcare, also known as MHealth, has replied to this demand, offering an abundance of information and services to patients through everyday consumer products such as smartphones.

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Since hospitals have numerous hallways, wings, and floors providing easy-to-find directions to patients and visitors is essential.  Having an effective wayfinding system at your hospital could reduce stress for patients, while leading to a more satisfying experience. 

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Color coding can be applied to how medical professionals use carts to remain safely organized. It can also be used in the reverse to create a hospitality feel for patients and guests. 

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Running any hospital has its numerous challenges. With budget cuts, changing trends, technological advances, and the need to elevate the level of care, hospitals must overcome many obstacles. However, these obstacles are even greater for rural hospitals.

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It is estimated that 30% of the US population is classified as obese, spreading across many ethnicities and both genders.  In addition, obesity is not only a concern among adults, but our youth as well.

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With the healthcare changes that have taken place in the past year, many healthcare providers are starting to see the effects. Changes among the Medicare Part D drug plan, health coverage for adult children, and protections against insurance cancellations are just a few of the changes we have seen since the healthcare reform was passed in March 2010. 2011 also brought provision changes. What changes have been made? How are healthcare providers responding? What other changes can we expect for the future?

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 February is National American Heart Month.  This month, people should refocus their attention on living better and healthier to maintain good heart health.  People can show awareness for this annual campaign by wearing red for Women’s Heart Disease and or by participating in Jump Rope for Heart, among many other activities.

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