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How Hospital Clocks Are Saving The Healthcare Industry

As politicians argue over trillions of dollars in healthcare reform, simple hospital clocks are providing real savings to the healthcare industry today. This new generation of synchronized clocks that tie into the hospital’s computer network is cutting costs in many ways.

Synchronized Shift Changes

If it’s 5:00 where you are, is it 5:00 upstairs? Maybe not. It might be 5:01 or 4:59. That may not seem like much of a difference, but if the lab closes at 5 and a doctor needs to know if there is still time to get a test in, it matters. Synchronized hospital clocks ensure everyone in the hospital is on the same time.

Time synchronization goes farther than that. All network clocks work off standard internet time signals so they all read the same time, adjusted for time zone. This means all branches of a hospital system are on the same time. Shift changes occur at the right time, ensuring patients are not left without qualified medical staff on duty, and that no ward is double-staffed.

Reduced Liability

Malpractice is a serious concern in the healthcare industry, and often malpractice suits stem from simple mistakes. Hospital clocks reduce errors by keeping everyone on the same schedule. Medication is administered when needed. Nurses making notes on charts record the time precisely. Doctors start rounds on time. Everyone gets to the operating room at the right moment.

Commercial clocks use bright LED displays with large, easy to read numbers that leave no doubt as to exactly what time it is. The clocks automatically adjust for daylight savings, and reset themselves after a power failure. Since they are powered over the network, they can be kept running during a blackout by a standard UPS system. As long as the time is being displayed, hospital personnel know it is the right time.

Inexpensive To Install

One of the biggest cost savings in today’s synchronized clocks is that healthcare facilities no longer have to bring in an electrician to install them. Nor do they require constant battery replacement, which is both costly and environmentally unfriendly. They use a technology called Power over Ethernet (PoE) and draw their electricity over the hospital’s computer network. No dangerous power lines need to be run to the clocks, so they can be installed by the hospital’s own IT staff.

This flexibility makes it easy to mount them wherever they are needed. No longer is the clock placed near an outlet, even if that location makes the timepiece hard to read. Hospital clocks can be mounted anywhere in a matter of minutes.

Synchronized clocks provide savings immediately as they improve hospital operational efficiency, raise patient care quality and reduce power consumption. The savings may not be large, but they accumulate every day across every clock placed. Install network-based hospital clocks and cut health costs without endangering patient health.

Photodynamic Therapy For Beautiful Skin

Photodynamic therapy is the general name given to therapy using light-lamps of different types. Such light sources (filtered light or LED) are commonly used by dermatologists to repair skin and even psychiatrists to fight depression and sleep disorders (such as the winter blues etc). The effectiveness of blue light is still being studied on a clinical and institutional level, however, since the FDA approves of light therapy (especially blue light), many medical practitioners use it to great effect, often claiming very good results for the majority of their subjects (unofficially).

Varicose, spider veins, acne and the removal of marks on the skin due to discoloration (caused by wounds or surgery) are the most common uses of light for skin therapy. New uses of light, specifically of blue colored light (with a wavelength between 405-455 nm), are still being discovered today. Many treatments combine the use of this type of light with red light and other medication to cure many skin afflictions, the most common of which are acne and some other bacterial infections. The following are some of the other uses of blue light which have proven effective.

Anti aging light treatment
The treatment of skin to reduce the effects of aging is called photo-rejuvenation. The application of focused light can increase the production the chemicals in the skin which make it arrear fresh and youthful (collagen and elastin). Smile lines, age lines and wrinkles are commonly treated with light of various frequencies, including blue light. Many people all over the world regularly use this type of treatment as an addition to cosmetic surgery or other skin care treatment.

Drug allergy symptoms on the skin surface
Allergies which cause inflammation and discoloration of the skin are commonly experienced with the use of medicines for other purposes. Even though these effects are actually side effects of other causes usually unrelated to the skin, the symptoms can still be treated using light therapy.

Rosacea
This condition causes the skin on the face; cheeks, nose forehead neck and even the chin to appear red as though burnt raw or flushed. This skin condition is not medically understood to a great extent and is usually chronic and untreatable with medication. This condition is known to cause psychological difficulties as it affects the appearance in a negative way and can affect a person’s confidence and self esteem over a long term. The reason for this condition is understood to be damaged blood vessels, and light therapy using pulses of various types of mixed light in certain instances has been seen to disintegrate these damaged vessels, helping remove this symptom and leaving the skin looking natural and healthy without the use of drugs or creams.

References
Wikipedia

www [dot] medscape [dot] com/viewarticle/499713_2

Cosmeticsurgery [dot] com

The National Rosacea Society website