Despite bars and restaurants closing during the pandemic, alcohol consumption grew by 14% from 2019 to 2020. In 2020, almost half of Americans got their alcohol online, up by 243%. Both in good times and bad, people turn to alcohol to calm anxiety, boost their sense of wellbeing, and celebrate. From graduations to engagements to anniversaries, people have been drinking cocktails.
There’s a new trend in the marketplace, just in time for summer. Many Americans now turn to pre-packaged, ready to drink cocktails. In 2020 ready-to-drink cocktails grew 43% worldwide and by 2024 they are expected to make up 20% of the e-commerce alcohol market in the U.S. Choosing ready-to-drink is an easy choice, as you don’t have to source ingredients, makes no mess, and can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home.
Nursing home patients are the ones who need telemedicine the most. Post-acute nursing home patients who don’t see a physician or practised nurse are twice as likely to be readmitted or die within 30 days. Residents have to wait a long time to get admitted to a doctor. On average, patients wait 3.2 days to see a physician. In rural areas, that number jumps to 8.1 days. Many health issues can be treated in the nursing home if detected early. Manually taking vital signs can take 4 minutes and documenting those readings can take an extra 12 minutes. Manually taking vital signs also means delayed entries, illegible handwriting, data entries errors, and more.
Having access to a wireless monitor can make the process of seeing a physician less than a minute long. In addition, using telehealth eliminates human error. Using wireless monitors can help nurses collect and document reading in less than 2 minutes. Wireless monitors also can save money. For a 100 bed hospital, wireless monitors can reduce the annual costs by $100,000. Nurses can spend more time with patients and less time documenting, and patients get more attention, reducing readmissions.