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Concussions Can Happen To Any Athelete

Concussions Can Happen To Any Athelete

What happens when an athlete has a concussion? Watch our recent Medicine of the Games segment to learn more from David Brody, MD, PhD, a Washington University neurologist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Put simply, there are little tears in the wiring of the axons, which connect one part of the brain to another. There are also

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Building for Exceptional Care

Building for Exceptional Care

It’s not news that things are changing on the Washington University Medical Center campus, where Washington University School of Medicine, Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and other patient-care facilities are situated. If you drive along Kingshighway Boulevard, just east of Forest Park in St. Louis, the changes are obvious:

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Changing the Experience for Emergency Patients

Changing the Experience for Emergency Patients

In an emergency department that receives more than 82,000 visits per year, patients can often experience full waiting rooms and extended wait times. Even with these challenges, the Barnes-Jewish Hospital emergency services team is on a mission of continuing to provide exceptional patient care while also improving patient satisfaction.
In the summer of 2014, we

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Repurposing Fitbits To Track Improvement in Patient Care

Repurposing Fitbits To Track Improvement in Patient Care

A change in how nurses are assigned patients not only saved thousands of steps each shift but also led to a significant improvement in patient satisfaction on 17300 GYN oncology. When Martha Rahm came to the floor as clinical nurse manager in 2014, patient satisfaction scores were not where they should have been. “We were

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Stroke Survivor Uses Her Art to Aid Recovery

Stroke Survivor Uses Her Art to Aid Recovery

Don’t ignore the early warning signs of a stroke. For internationally acclaimed textile artist and educator Lindsay Obermeyer, her first sign was double vision while having dinner with her daughter.
“Suddenly there were two of her,” Obermeyer recalls.
She went to the internet to search for a reason for her symptoms. “I read that it

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Reducing Falls Using Sensing Technology

Reducing Falls Using Sensing Technology

Nurse researchers at Barnes-Jewish Hospital are pioneering the application of new technologies to reduce the incidence of inpatient hospital falls. Nationally, between 700,000 and 1 million patients fall in U.S. hospitals each year.*
A Barnes-Jewish pilot program conducted on a nursing division has resulted in a 58 percent reduction in the fall rate, and a

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2016 Transplant Nurses Day

2016 Transplant Nurses Day

For patients needing an organ transplant, the process—from evaluation to transplantation—can feel pretty overwhelming. The Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center helps its patients by offering a program that ensures they don’t navigate the complex process alone.
Each transplant patient is paired with a transplant nurse coordinator, who manages and facilitates the entire process, starting

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Successful lung transplant inspires giving back

Successful lung transplant inspires giving back

Dave Kneib has spent his entire adult life helping others—first in the Air Force and then in law enforcement for more than 30 years. But when he developed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), his life changed drastically. COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, is a progressive disease that damages the lungs and makes breathing

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When a Liver Transplant Becomes a Birthday Gift

When a Liver Transplant Becomes a Birthday Gift

On March 6, 2015, artist Lenard Hinds turned 64. He expected to spend the day at the Missouri History Museum, which was featuring some of his paintings in a special exhibit. Instead, he got a new liver.
“What a birthday present! It was just wonderful,” Hinds says.
Hinds’ liver problems began with hepatitis C, a

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Combined Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Recipient Exceeds Age Limits

Combined Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Recipient Exceeds Age Limits

After living with type 1 diabetes for more than three decades, Mark Mastroianni knew the ins and outs of life with a chronic disease. But he still wasn’t prepared for the news his nephrologist gave him in early 2015.
“He told me I had about 17 percent of my kidney function. It was a pretty

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