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Long Term Care Post COVID-19

Long-term care facilities have been impacted by COVID-19 more than any other healthcare facility. In fact, since the U.S. coronavirus outbreak began in a nursing home in Kirkland, Washington, more than 153,000 residents and employees of 7,700 U.S. nursing homes have contracted COVID-19, accounting for 35% of the country’s deaths.¹ What caused the disparity in infection and death rates compared to other healthcare sectors? In fact, there were a number of causes. Armed with this information and combined with infection prevention best practices, healthcare professionals identified numerous steps that reduce COVID-19 spread at long-term care facilities.

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How Veterinary Practices Can Save Money

How will COVID-19 crisis impact veterinary practice revenue? If you listen to news pundits, you will hear many different explanations about how it will impact the economy. For example, Goldman Sachs predicted that GDP will shrink by 35%. The Wall Street Journal wrote about a “swoosh” shaped recovery where the bottoming out process takes longer, but once the rebound starts it would be steady and gradual. But the fact is, no one really knows. Even economists find it difficult to accurately predict a recession or know exactly how consumer spending habits will change. So with the unknowns of the coronavirus impact far outweighing what we do know, it is difficult to predict what will occur. But, it pays to remain vigilant. Here are a number of simple ways veterinary practices can save money if the impact on your business is negative. 

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Reopening For Non COVID-19 Related Care

In the foreseeable future, our lives will include managing COVID-19 infection risk. Until herd immunity, a vaccine or an effective treatment occur, it will require organizations to make adjustments that accommodate virus avoidance best practices. Further, as the curve flattens and healthcare organizations transition to treat more non COVID-19 acute and chronic patients, new safeguards are necessary to ensure patient confidence, limit exposures and execute effective care. Here are issues that will confront healthcare organizations reopening for non COVID-19 related care.

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COVID-19 Specimen Labels

COVID-19 has thrust the importance of lab testing into the public eye. From the number of tests conducted and the number of confirmed cases identified, to flattening the curve, testing is a topic discussed at both daily press conferences and the dinner table. But, although the news cameras focus on people driving through field testing facilities where healthcare workers obtain tissue viable samples, successfully completing a test requires additional actions. And if a problem occurs at any subsequent step after extracting the tissue sample, including collection, transportation and processing, the test will likely require repeating. It’s one reason why COVID-19 specimen labels are essential to a timely and accurate testing process.

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How Lab Labels Prevent Specimen Identification Errors

Although positive patient identification is a crucial first step, it’s only one of the many actions required to prevent specimen identification errors. In fact, with variables that include laboratory information systems (LIS), fluid and tissue samples, internal and external labs, pneumatic tubes, bio bags, and manual and automated laboratory testing, it’s an extensive workflow. But there is a constant that encompasses each step of the process. It’s a laboratory label. An information billboard that enables effective handling at each stage. What’s more, when designed properly, laboratory labels help prevent specimen identification errors and other processing challenges that impact patient safety and health system costs.

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Coronavirus Infection Prevention Strategies

Unfortunately, the impact that the coronavirus, COVID-19, may have on us, our community and the nation is unknown. Will travel restrictions increase? Will business and school closures become the norm? What impact will the virus have on our jobs, the economy and our daily life? The fact is we don’t know. But here’s what’s likely. It won’t just go away in a month or two. Instead, it will take time to understand the impact. Time to develop a vaccine and determine how we can prevent it in the future. It will force us to remain aware of our surroundings and be diligent in finding ways to minimize the virus’s spread. Meanwhile, here’s one thing we do know. The same steps that we use to minimize our exposure to influenza and other viruses are also effective coronavirus infection prevention strategies.[...]

United Ad Label 2020 Spring Veterinary Catalog

Like most organizations that deliver healthcare services, the demands on veterinary practices have changed. In fact, technological advancements have led to new diagnostic techniques, drugs, therapeutic regimes and preventive care that weren’t available to provide only a few years ago. But, one of the biggest change drivers is the pet owner themself. Because, now more than ever before, they insist that their pets lead the same healthy life they do. These changes present an opportunity for new and expanded services. What’s more, they require proper documentation to ensure effective patient care. United Ad Label carries an extensive selection of veterinary labels that help practices meet the demands of an expanded service offering.[...]

United Ad Label 2020 Spring Healthcare Catalog

Medication without harm. Because the purpose of prescribing medication is to cure, halt, or prevent disease or ease symptoms, it seems like an obvious statement. Yet medication errors occur with thousands of patients each year in both inpatient and ambulatory settings. Further, the National Academy of Medicine estimates that 7,000 deaths occur annually due to preventable medication errors. Effective medication labeling is one way to combat adverse drug events. United Ad Label carries an extensive selection of anesthesia labels and flag labels for vials and syringes that help healthcare workers with effective medication dispensing.[...]

10 Facts About Veterinary Labels

It takes a variety of supplies to run your practice. And although drugs, medical supplies and animal food top the list of expenditures, they aren’t the only essential items. In fact, it’s impossible to execute vital tasks like medication dispensing and hazardous material identification without veterinary labels. They may not get the same scrutiny as the higher expenditure categories but when managed effectively there are steps you can take to impact costs and ensure effective patient care. Here are 10 facts about veterinary labels that may change your opinion about their importance.[...]

5 Steps To Better Compliance

Compliance departments work to ensure their facility continuously meets state, federal and independent accreditation standards. And with complex clinical processes and changing standards, that is no easy task. But, maintaining compliance isn’t always about implementing complex routines. In fact, it is most successful when the right thing to do is the easiest thing to do. And for many standards, the easiest thing to do is to incorporate a label as a communications device. Healthcare labels serve as an information dashboard and help organizations meet compliance objectives.[...]
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