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When Anxiety or Depression Masks a Medical Problem

When Anxiety or Depression Masks a Medical Problem

It’s perfectly normal for someone to feel anxious or depressed after receiving a diagnosis of a serious illness. But what if the reverse occurs and symptoms of anxiety or depression masquerade as an as-yet undiagnosed physical disorder? Or what if someone’s physical symptoms stem from a psychological problem? How long might it take before the true cause of the symptoms is uncovered and proper trea ...Read More →

New Maintenance Standards Could Prove Costly for Hospitals

New Maintenance Standards Could Prove Costly for Hospitals

Many were shocked by The Joint Commission’s newest standards and elements of performance (EP) on medical device maintenance. The accreditor will no longer distinguish between “high-risk” and “non-high-risk” equipment when surveying maintenance and inspection compliance. Instead, facilities are expected to achieve 100% inspection compliance for both types of devices. But hold off before panicking o ...Read More →

Drowning in a Sea of Misinformation: Dry Drowning and Secondary Drowning

Drowning in a Sea of Misinformation: Dry Drowning and Secondary Drowning

Earlier this month a young child died following days of vomiting. He had been in shallow water in a Texas dike about a week before his death. The story was picked up as an alleged case of a rare condition called dry drowning or secondary drowning. Unfortunately, there is significant misinformation in the media reports of this case, and we hope this evidence-based discussion of drowning and the bes ...Read More →

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 →