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Using Immersive Technology To Educate Home Dialysis Patients

Posted by Tim Fitzpatrick & Todd Maddox on Jan 14, 2020 8:34:14 AM
Using Immersive Technology to Educate Home Dialysis Patients
Meet Samuel 

Two years ago Samuel landed in the hospital unexpectedly after his kidneys failed. It was scary for Samuel and his family. Fortunately, he was in good hands with his care team and nephrologist and soon started dialysis treatments at a treatment facility in a nearby town. Samuel has been on hemodialysis ever since, driving 10 miles to the dialysis clinic three times each week. He spends hours there and feels tied down, with little opportunity to travel or relax at home with family and friends. But time isn't his only obstacle to maintaining some sense of normalcy — he just doesn't feel up to doing anything following his treatments.

Recently, a friend at work told Samuel how home dialysis had been the right decision for his wife, so Samuel wanted to learn more and decided to follow up with his doctor. He talked to his nephrologist who then directed him to a number of websites where he could find documents describing the pros and cons of home dialysis. Samuel struggled to fully comprehend how his day-to-day life would be different on home dialysis, but in the end, he decided that he wanted to give it a go. [For a discussion of the problems associated with medical device decisions based solely on documents follow this link.] 

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Topics: Training, Communication, Learning, Patient Education, Kidney Care

Using Immersive Technology To Train Frontline Kidney Care Staff

Posted by Tim Fitzpatrick & Todd Maddox on Dec 11, 2019 12:24:47 PM
Using Immersive Technology to Train Frontline Kidney Care Staff
Meet Susan. 

By this time last year, Susan had been on the job hunt for a while – looking for an entry level opportunity in the fast-growing healthcare profession – before she finally came across an opening for a home dialysis patient care technician in her area. Fortunately, the position came with several months of paid training, so her lack of experience in the industry would not be an obstacle in getting up to speed in her new role.

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Topics: Onboarding, Training, Staff Training, Recruiting, Home care, Workforce, Kidney Care

VR & Effective Communication in Healthcare

Posted by Tim Fitzpatrick & Todd Maddox on Apr 22, 2019 9:15:22 AM

 

Much like the practice of health care, communication is both an art and science. For many patients, the best care experiences (and results) stem from a provider’s understanding of the role and importance of communication.
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Topics: Communication, Uncertainty, Trust

Reducing The Negative Impact of Stress on Patient Education

Posted by Tim Fitzpatrick & Todd Maddox on Apr 14, 2019 10:07:33 AM

Consider any one of the thousands of individuals who visit their doctor annually and are informed that they need to undergo some medical procedure. It could be a routine procedure like a colonoscopy, or a non-routine procedure like having a cancerous tumor removed. Anytime a patient must undergo a medical procedure there are a number of pre-operative, perioperative, and post-discharge steps that must be followed. Often patients must alter their diets and physical activities prior to (and following) a procedure. Once admitted to the clinic or hospital on the day of the procedure, the patient follows a number of well-defined, sequential steps to prepare for what’s next. Understanding risks associated with a procedure, receiving medications and anesthesia administered by a care team, and undertaking the actual procedure are each a critical part of the whole patient perioperative experience. And no matter how many times a patient might have faced such an intervention before, the unfamiliar environment combined with the inherent complexities and gravitas of personal health leads to significant stress and anxiety.

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Topics: Communication, Anxiety, Stress, Patient Education

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