Boston Children’s Hospital is at the forefront of clinical research. Stay connected with Paper Trail — a monthly feature highlighting recently published outcomes data and new approaches to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of pediatric illnesses.
This edition of Paper Trail focuses on injection drug use and street-involved youth, cast-saw reduction rates, sleep apnea, LGBTQ bullying prevention and more.…Read More
Several studies have contributed to the school of thought that thoroughly preparing patients for surgery can reduce their anxiety and even lead to better recoveries and outcomes. That notion appears to be corroborated by the first-hand experience of Michael Glotzbecker, MD, a pediatric spine specialist and surgeon in the Boston Children’s Hospital Spinal Program.
“In my experience, patients do better when they are well prepared for surgery,” says Glotzbecker. …Read More
How do you go about building a new medical facility that improves upon current workflow and safety but also anticipates technologies and care models yet to be developed?
It’s a daunting task, and one that demands collaboration among all stakeholders: clinical staff, patients/their families and building architects. A workgroup from Boston Children’s met with consultants from FKP architects to come up with a vision for a brand new clinical building set to open in 2022. As part of the pre-planning process, FKP proposed a bold idea: constructing life-size cardboard replicas of clinical areas for doctors, nurses and patient families to “test” with simulated scenarios.
“There are no disadvantages to this approach,” says Uma Ramanathan, AIA, lead architect on the project for Shepley Bulfinch, the architecture firm designing the new building. “If only everyone could use this level of detail!” Shepley Bulfinch joined the simulation project to observe and record data and insights.
“For architects, visualizing space comes easily,” Ramanathan adds. “Not so much for others.” …Read More
It’s hard to believe that Notes didn’t really exist a year ago. As 2015 comes to a close, it’s a good time to look back and see what you, the readers, decided were the best stories that we published this year. And you picked an interesting range of stories:
an op-ed on hemophilia drug pricing
a reflection on difficult conversations in health care
a report on using simulation to test a hospital’s new emergency department
a call for better mentorship in medical training
an update on neurosurgical treatment of cerebral palsy
So here they are — the Notes Top 5 for 2015, as chosen by you.