LHA Trust Funds News

Best Practices for Specimen Transportation to Lab

Our claim this month involves a 35-year-old female patient at the time of the claim filing. Defense counsel described her as an attractive, well-educated African American woman with a law degree from a Louisiana university. She is in a relationship with the father of her only child. With a history of cancer in her family, she was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2008. A biopsy revealed in ...[Read More]

American Nursing Association: Incivility, Bullying and Workplace Violence

Nurses and healthcare workers are responsible for creating an ethical environment and culture of civility and kindness while treating patients, their families, and other healthcare professionals with dignity and respect. However, nurses are often not afforded the same level of dignity and respect as they are expected to extend to others.  Through shared responsibility with RNs, hospitals and healt ...[Read More]

What is Cyber Liability?

A standard professional liability insurance policy covers you from an exposure associated with wrongful practices. However, does your policy protect you from cyber attacks and data breaches?   According to Crittenden Research, healthcare data breaches increased from 160 breaches in 2010 to 333 in 2014. The number of medical records exposed from these breaches significantly increased from 1,87 ...[Read More]

eSTAT: CDC Health Advisory

The CDC has issued an alert to healthcare facilities advising of an immediate need to review procedures for cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing reusable medical equipment. This advisory has been facilitated by an increase in media reports of patients being notified of their possible exposure to infection from sub-optimal infection control practices. Please review the advisory from the CDC and i ...[Read More]

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

The month of September is designated as National Suicide Prevention Month in order to raise awareness and educate the public on suicide. According to the World Health Organization(WHO), more than 800,000 people die by suicide every year and for every person that commits suicide, about 20 other people attempt to end their lives. A prior suicide attempt is the single most important risk factor for s ...[Read More]

Slip, Trip and Fall Basics – What You Need to Know

Slips, trips and falls (STFs) are one of the leading unintentional injuries in the US, accounting for approximately 8.9 million visits to the ER annually (National and Safety Council Injury Facts 2011). Falls are the second-leading cause of unintentional deaths in homes and communities, resulting in more than 25,000 fatalities in 2009. The National Reporting and Learning Service recently reported ...[Read More]

eSTAT: Plague and CDC Recommendations

The CDC is advising healthcare professionals to be aware of the recent rise in cases of plague in the United States. Although it is unclear as to why this illness is on the rise, healthcare professionals are being urged to consider plague as a diagnosis for patients who present with signs and symptoms, have recently traveled to the Midwestern United States, or have had direct contact with rodents ...[Read More]

Workplace Security – Be Safe and Secure on the Job

Workplace violence or occupational violence refers to violence, usually in the form of physical abuse or threats that create a risk to the health and safety of an employee or multiple employees. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) defines workplace violence as violent acts (including physical assaults and threats of assaults) directed toward persons at work or on duty ...[Read More]

LHA Malpractice Trust Pays Dividends at Renewal

GOOD NEWS The LHA Malpractice Trust Fund Board has approved a $3,000,000 dividend distribution for eligible renewing members on 11/1/2015. Dividends will be paid in the form of a premium credit in accordance with the terms of the Trust Agreement. For many members, the dividend will be significant. If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Dolan, President and CEO at o ...[Read More]

FYImail: Stop the Spread of Antibiotic Resistance

New CDC Video Shows How Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Spread Between Healthcare Facilities A growing number of infections are caused by antibiotic-resistant germs. These resistant germs cause more than 2 million illnesses and at least 23,000 deaths each year in the United States. The CDC has released a new video titled, “CDC Vital Signs-Making Health Care Safer: Stop the Spread of Antibiotic ...[Read More]