Shane Elmore, RN

Shane Elmore, RN

Shane is Pulsara's Vice President of Clinical Innovation, and is certified in CCRN, CEN, and CFRN. Shane is a former Chest Pain Coordinator at Trinity Mother Frances Health System.

Recent posts by Shane Elmore, RN

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Three Ways We Strive to Improve the Lives of ED Doctors Through Innovative Communication

By Shane Elmore, RN on Dec 06, 2019

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how we strive to improve the lives of ED Nurses and the patients they serve. This week, I want to focus on ED Doctors (did you know Pulsara was founded by one?). In this post, my aim is to help ED Doctors understand how a communication platform like Pulsara can make their lives better.

Topics: EMS Communication Interoperability Systems of Care
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Five Ways We Strive to Improve the Lives of ED Nurses Through Innovative Communication

By Shane Elmore, RN on Nov 20, 2019

In my opinion, if there is any group in the hospital who doesn't get the love they deserve, it's the ED Nurses. ED Nurses are the front door of the hospital, but too often, they are treated as the doormat. When people are sick and hurting, they take it out on the people in front of them (as long as they aren't wearing a white coat). The ED nurse is the person who takes what comes at them and still provides the highest level of care and compassion for the patient. ED nurse, you are the first line of defense, and here at Pulsara, we salute you. Here are five areas where we're doing our best to help make your job a little easier and ultimately, improve your life and the lives of those you serve:

Topics: Communication Emergency Medicine
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Prospect Question: Can My Hospital Use Pulsara Without EMS?

By Shane Elmore, RN on Oct 28, 2019

Have you ever been in a relationship where you were ready to take things to the next level, but your partner wasn't? If it weren't for awkward moments like this, Jerry Springer wouldn't have a TV show. When it comes to relationships, things are often more complicated than you might think they should be. This is true of personal relationships, and it is just as true with business relationships. For example, what do you do when you, as a hospital, are ready to commit to Pulsara, but your EMS partners aren't?
Topics: Communication Connected Teams
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How to Reduce Door-to-ECG Times

By Shane Elmore, RN on Jul 19, 2019

Fewer things are more frustrating for a medic than calling in a STEMI. First, they have to send the ECG in for the physician to see before they arrive at the hospital, and then they are asked to stop at the door to get another one using the hospital’s ECG machine. When they could be out saving more lives, duplicating their efforts is the last thing they want to be doing. This practice also slows your hospital's door-to-ECG times, and therefore your overall time-to-treatment as well.

There used to be a time when prehospital ECGs were lacking in quality compared to those obtained using hospital machinery. Field ECGs simply weren't of diagnostic quality - but today's field monitors have come a long way, and are now of comparable quality to hospital machinery. As such, it no longer makes sense to require medics to repeat their ECG upon hospital arrival.
Topics: STEMI
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Failure: A Leader's Best Tool for Improvement

By Shane Elmore, RN on Jun 21, 2019

"Try and fail, but do not fail to try" - Stephen Kaggwa.

Have you ever felt like you made a mistake or failed as a leader? Of course you have, because all leaders -- whether in the hospital, EMS organization, or even the home -- have failed. What separates the best leaders from the rest of the pack is how they view their failures. For them, failure is a gift rather than a curse. They view failure as a way to assess a better way forward, an opportunity to learn, or an experience that will shape their next decision.

Topics: Leadership
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10 Different Ways Teams Use Pulsara

By Shane Elmore, RN on Apr 26, 2019

When it comes to healthcare, we track a lot of metrics. We know how many beds the hospital has and the number of annual ED visits. But there's one area that is still uncharted territory: just ask anyone in the hospital how many teams they have. I promise you will hear crickets.

At Pulsara, our focus is on real time TEAM communication that crosses healthcare entities. Okay, but which teams exactly are we referring to? While the answer is essentially endless (Pulsara can be used for ANY patient, ANY condition, ANY EMS or Hospital team member), here are 10 teams that immediately jump to mind when asked what our customers use Pulsara for.

Topics: Communication Regional Systems of Care
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The Power of Connected Teams: Thoughts on the Pulsara and iSchemaView RAPID Integration

By Shane Elmore, RN on Feb 05, 2019

Here at Pulsara, the vision is clear: to be the evidence-based standard of care.

What drives us tirelessly toward this ambitious goal? It's simple really: our team is comprised of many clinicians who have lived the pain and frustration of poor communication. We've seen its impact on the people who have placed their trust in us. And we’ve felt the impact on our own sense of competence, success, and job satisfaction. Our driving passion is to improve the lives of both patients and caregivers through innovative communication.

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What Ancient Wisdom Can Tell Us About Improving Lives of Patients and Caregivers.

By Shane Elmore, RN on Jan 03, 2019

I want to discuss a story that at first might seem an unusual and even confusing topic for a Pulsara blog post, and I want to start out with a disclaimer that this post isn't about religion. I'll use the ancient story of the Tower of Babel from the Bible to illustrate my point, but hopefully all readers will be able to glean value from my words regardless of views, beliefs, or religion. 

Topics: EMS Healthcare
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How a Simple Framing Problem is Holding our Health Systems Back

By Shane Elmore, RN on Jun 01, 2018

What is loss aversion and how does it impact us in healthcare? 

In cognitive psychology and decision theory, loss aversion refers to people's tendency to prefer avoiding losses to acquiring similar gains: it is better to avoid losing $5 than it is to find or gain $5. 

The loss aversion mindset is widespread in healthcare, and it makes sense. I've noticed as I've met with customers that they are in love with the process that they've worked so hard to create. I know because I've been there! You put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into making things work and work well.

To make matters worse, you put in all of this hard work when things were a mess. When starting a program like STEMI, Stroke or Trauma, the whole idea is to bring order out of chaos. Your job is to provide some level of predictability in an environment that is unpredictable in nature. You've likely lived through those tumultuous times and, more than anything, you just don't want to go back.

Topics: Healthcare