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FDA: 6 guidelines to prevent surgical fires

FDA: 6 guidelines to prevent surgical fires

Megan Knowles Becker’s Hospital Review June 05, 2018 The FDA issued a safety communication May 29 on practices for healthcare providers to reduce the risk of surgical fires, including recommendations for safely using medical devices during surgery. Most surgical fires occur in oxygen-enriched environments where oxygen concentration is above 30 percent. An oxygen-enriched environment can be c ...Read More →

LHA Trust Funds Launches New Workplace Security Initiative

LHA Trust Funds Launches New Workplace Security Initiative

June 13, 2018 Concerned with workplace security? The LHA Trust Funds has engaged a team of security and crime prevention experts to provide security evaluations, demonstrate active shooter table top presentations and review workplace violence prevention plans as part of a new workplace security initiative. These services are offered as a value-added benefit at no cost to Members of the LHA Malprac ...Read More →

Nurse bullying: How hospital leaders can curb conflicts among staff

Nurse bullying: How hospital leaders can curb conflicts among staff

Becker’s Hospital Review May 21, 2018 In addition to physicians and nurses feeling burned out from long hours and tedious administrative duties, a far more subtle but pervasive issue is plaguing hospital staffs — nurse bullying. At Becker’s Hospital Review Health IT + Clinical Leadership conference May 10 in Chicago, a panel of nursing and healthcare leaders explored where and how nurs ...Read More →

Individualized Patient Care: A Simple Concept That Is Difficult To Get Right

Individualized Patient Care: A Simple Concept That Is Difficult To Get Right

Alida Zamboni, RN, MS The Studer Group January 12, 2018 As we deliver care and medical expertise, it is imperative that we frequently assess patient concerns and priorities. But despite our efforts to do this, it is still common for patients to express concern that caregivers do not adequately listen to them. I’ve been a Studer Group coach for over 10 years and a nurse for 34 years. During that ti ...Read More →

Use Checklist to Reduce Self-Harm Risks in the ER

Use Checklist to Reduce Self-Harm Risks in the ER

Patient Safety Monitor Journal May 16, 2018 There’s a case where a World War II POW committed suicide by hitting himself in the head with an empty metal canteen after days without water. While that happened in the hold of a Japanese prison boat, not a hospital, it highlights how resourceful a suicidal person can be when it comes to finding ways to self-harm. Earbud cords, compact mirrors, trash ba ...Read More →

How One Hospital Improved Patient Handoffs for the Long Term

How One Hospital Improved Patient Handoffs for the Long Term

By Margaret M. Luciano and Bob Dent Harvard Business Review APRIL 30, 2018 Roughly 80% of serious medical errors (now the third leading cause of death in the United States behind heart disease and cancer) can be traced to poor communication between care providers during patient handoffs, according to a 2012 Joint Commission report. This makes patient handoffs the most frequent and riskiest procedu ...Read More →

FDA Unveils Medical Device Safety Plan

FDA Unveils Medical Device Safety Plan

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week announced a new plan to improve the government’s approach to medical device safety. The Medical Device Safety Action Plan outlines the FDA’s vision for device and patient safety. Read more about the FDA’s implementation of the Medical Device Safety Action Plan. See the full Medical Device Safety Action Plan here.

LDH issues new measles alert

LDH issues new measles alert

Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) has confirmed another case of measles in a child in New Orleans. This disease was contracted during international travel. Louisiana Office of Public Health (LOPH) is working to identify any people who may have come into close contact with the individual, and to implement measures to help prevent the spread of the virus. This case is not related to the measles c ...Read More →

Study: Patient Care Improves When Docs Have Malpractice Immunity

Study: Patient Care Improves When Docs Have Malpractice Immunity

Patient Safety Quality Healthcare April 11, 2018 A six-year study found that adverse medical events declined at a Miami teaching hospital after physicians received immunity from malpractice lawsuits. Published in Health Management, Policy and Innovation, the study found there was no negative impact on patient safety when approximately 900 University of Miami Health System physicians were given sov ...Read More →

There’s a new Ebola outbreak overseas, so make sure your organization is ready

There’s a new Ebola outbreak overseas, so make sure your organization is ready

Hospital Safety Insider May 10, 2018 Ebola is back in the news, which means it wouldn’t be a bad idea to make sure your healthcare organization has a pandemic plan and staff is familiar with it. At the moment, the only confirmed current cases of Ebola were reported in a remote location in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. But the World Health Organization is concerned that the outbreak, ...Read More →