Practices & Tips

Why Sleep is So Important

In this guest submission, Rebecca Temsen writes why sleep is so important.

By Rebecca Temsen

Sleep is the mother of all rest, healing, peace of mind, and emotional stability. So many times, we have seen what happens with our tempers, the structure of our families, and the effectiveness of our jobs when we (or our loved ones) go without sleep. It’s detrimental, it’s starvation-oriented, and it’s decaying. We all need time to rest and be alone in a quiet, peaceful setting.

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Must Reads

Weekly Must Reads in Patient Safety and Health Care (October 2, 2015) – Prevent Patient Falls and Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Two messages – prevent patient falls and make sure patients get a good night’s sleep.

Prevent Patient Falls

The Joint Commission issued Sentinel Event Alert 55, “Preventing falls and fall-related injuries in health care facilities”. Read More

Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

Children at Heightened Risk of Respiratory Compromise

by Michael Wong, JD (Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety)

According to the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, many different types of procedures may require a patient who is a child to stay still or may cause them discomfort if no anesthesia is used. For example, procedures such as MRI scans require the child to be completely still to ensure adequate quality of the scans. This is an addition to anesthesia used in surgery and common procedures, such as for fracture reduction, laceration repair, and incision and drainage of an abscess.

However, despite the widespread use of anesthesia in children, Gaspard Montandon, PhD (Parker B. Francis Fellow, Department of Physiology and Medicine, University of Toronto) says: Read More

Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

When Can Sleep Be Deadly?

We all know intuitively the benefits of sleep. As the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School says:

It may seem obvious that sleep is beneficial. Even without fully grasping what sleep does for us, we know that going without sleep for too long makes us feel terrible, and that getting a good night’s sleep can make us feel ready to take on the world. Read More