patients and families

Hospitals make ICUs 'family-centered' to improve outcomes

One way hospitals are working to improve outcomes for patients in the intensive care unit is by taking steps to better include family members and caregivers in care decisions and accommodate them in the ward...

Patients have an important role to play in ensuring they get good medical care

When 62-year-old Rod Larson of Minneapolis was found to have a rapidly worsening bacterial skin infection, his primary care doctor immediately sent him to the hospital.

On arrival, Larson was put in a room and examined by a physician assistant. He didn’t stop at the admissions office because his information and treatment orders already had been placed into the hospital computer system.

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