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100 Patient Safety Benchmarks

100 Patient Safety Benchmarks

Benchmarking data is valuable for hospital and health system leaders to measure individual institutions and discover areas of excellence as well as assess opportunities for improvement. Becker’s Healthcare compiled 100 patient safety benchmarks from various sources for hospital comparison.   Read More from Becker’s Infection Control & Clinical Quality To download a copy of the ...Read More →

OCR Publishes ‘Quick-Response’ Checklist to Help Organizations Address Healthcare Breaches

OCR Publishes ‘Quick-Response’ Checklist to Help Organizations Address Healthcare Breaches

HHS’ Office for Civil RIghts, which oversees HIPAA and health information privacy rights, released a “quick-response checklist” to support healthcare organizations. The checklist — and associated infographic — outlined four steps HIPAA-covered entities and their business associates should take following a cyberattack or data breach. Read More from Becker’s Health It & C ...Read More →

Five Ways Effective Use of Alerts Helps Improve Patient Safety

Five Ways Effective Use of Alerts Helps Improve Patient Safety

A hospital’s team of respiratory therapists had trouble keeping up with STAT orders. Sometimes the orders were buried within patient records in the EHR. Often the therapists couldn’t access the EHR for hours while engaged with a patient or on a transport. Occasionally they missed orders altogether. The hospital realized that leaving order detection to chance could put patients at risk. It set up t ...Read More →

14 Latest Sepsis Findings

14 Latest Sepsis Findings

Sepsis, a complication caused by the body’s response to infection, can lead to organ failure and death, according to the CDC. Read on for 14 recent findings on sepsis. Read More from Becker’s Infection Control & Clinical Quality   To download a copy of the article click this link .

The Aging Workforce and the Impact on Workers’ Compensation

The Aging Workforce and the Impact on Workers’ Compensation

  The Aging Workforce and the Impact on Workers’ Compensation by: Robert Hilborn, Workers’ Compensation Supervisor Older workers make up a larger segment of our workforce than ever before. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 1977 and 2007 the segment of workers 65 and over increased 101 percent. This trend has continued to increase. The aging workforce signif ...Read More →

Joint Commission: 3 Tips On Preventing Workplace Violence

Joint Commission: 3 Tips On Preventing Workplace Violence

In late April, Ann Scott Blouin, RN, PhD, FACHE, executive vice president of The Joint Commission, wrote a blog post detailing the need for a practical approach to healthcare’s endemic workplace violence (WPV) problem. In her post, Blouin explains three methods of violence prevention in hospitals. In 2013, more than 70% of the 23,000 significant injuries resulting from assault at the workplace occ ...Read More →

Invokana Poses 2X Leg, Foot Amputation Risk: FDA Black Box Warning

Invokana Poses 2X Leg, Foot Amputation Risk: FDA Black Box Warning

Canagliflozin was the first in a new class of type-2 diabetes drugs to work by forcing the kidneys to remove more sugar from the body in urine. Excessive urination can potentially cause dehydration and blood volume depletion in high-risk patients that exacerbates circulatory problems. CANVAS and CANVAS-R, two large clinical trials that began in 2009 with 10,000 patients on canagliflozin or a place ...Read More →

Top four patient engagement trends to watch

Top four patient engagement trends to watch

Both patients and providers are eager for more effective patient engagement, according to a new study. CDW’s 2017 Patient Engagement Perspective Study, released at HIMSS17,  builds on last year’s research to explore the drivers, challenges and influences for patient engagement. Seventy percent of the 200 patient respondents to the survey say that they have become more engaged with their healthcare ...Read More →

Legislature advances bill to limit opioid prescriptions, others to address opioid ‘epidemic’

Legislature advances bill to limit opioid prescriptions, others to address opioid ‘epidemic’

State lawmakers are advancing legislation that takes aim at Louisiana’s escalating opioid epidemic. The House Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday unanimously agreed to send legislation that would limit most first-time opioid prescriptions to a seven-day supply, and lawmakers took a step toward establishing an advisory panel to help coordinate the state’s prevention and education ...Read More →

Why Are Medical Errors Still a Leading Cause of Death?

Why Are Medical Errors Still a Leading Cause of Death?

Why are medical errors the third leading cause of death? It was a question asked frequently by the consumer press back in May 2016, in response to an article in BMJ (Makary & Daniel, 2016) that analyzed medical literature on such errors to better understand their contribution to deaths. However, there’s a more pressing question that the article by John Hopkins researchers Martin Makary, profes ...Read More →