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Think out-of-the-box

Nan McDaniel, RN, received a $200 check for her system of recognizing sleep apnea in patients undergoing pain management and educating nurses and physicians about the signs and symptoms of this disorder.

Nan McDaniel, a registered nurse who works in pain management, was Jackson Hospital’s first Out-of-the-Box award recipient. This program was designed for employees to submit cost-saving ideas to be reviewed by Jackson Hospital’s administrative team. If the idea is accepted and implemented, the employee is eligible for a cash reward.

McDaniel received a $200 check for her system of recognizing sleep apnea in patients undergoing pain management and educating nurses and physicians about the signs and symptoms of this disorder. Her unit is working in conjunction with the Sleep Lab to take the appropriate steps to treat in-house patients.

“Many patients who are undiagnosed with sleep apnea are at a greater risk for complications,” McDaniel says. “By educating fellow staff members on the risk factors and symptoms of sleep apnea, everyone will be acutely aware of individual conditions, and [patients] can be properly treated.”

Considering sleep apnea as a cause of patients’ pain and being aware of its other health risks save the hospital both time and money. Not only is less of each invested in further appointments and tests, but the hospital staff can avoid more costly complications that can result from sleep apnea.

The patient benefits, as well, with fewer medical costs for tests and medications and less inconvenience from multiple trips to medical appointments. And ultimately, he or she will experience less pain, a better night’s sleep and an even greater trust in Jackson Hospital. 
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