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Creating a Culture of Patient Safety Culture Through Leadership Commitment and Patient and Family Input

Creating a Culture of Patient Safety Culture Through Leadership Commitment and Patient and Family Input

Creating a Culture of Patient Safety Culture Through Leadership Commitment and Patient and Family Input HealthStream recently interviewed Joan Wynn, Ph.D. RN the Chief Quality Officer and President of Vidant Home Health and Hospice. Dr. Wynn is the Chief Quality Officer and President of Vidant Home Health and Hospice. She was recently named one of the top 50 experts in the country in the field of ...Read More →

Communication: A Critical Healthcare Competency

Communication: A Critical Healthcare Competency

Communication: A Critical Healthcare Competency November 6, 2017 – PSQH By James Merlino, MD Communication is the cornerstone of healthcare. Effective communication is not only critical to meeting patient needs and providing safe, high-quality, and patient-centered care, it is necessary to how we manage healthcare delivery. To facilitate meaningful improvement, the road to healthcare transfo ...Read More →

Focusing on OR Fire Prevention

Focusing on OR Fire Prevention

Focusing on OR Fire Prevention Accreditation Insider, October 17, 2017 Last week was National Fire Prevention Week, but that doesn’t mean the time to focus on fire safety is over. According to The Joint Commission, surgical fires happen just as often as wrong site surgeries and often have fatal consequences. Click here to read this article

Patient Safety Guidelines Worth Repeating

Patient Safety Guidelines Worth Repeating

Patient Safety Guidelines Worth Repeating Maintaining optimal patient safety is an ongoing process requiring frequent repetition of rules and best practices. One mode of communication is posting fliers outlining patient safety activities for staff. Here is one to use that contains some general recommendations as well as specific nursing guidelines for what to do and what not to do. Special skills ...Read More →

Joint Commission: Screening for Violence

Joint Commission: Screening for Violence

Joint Commission: Screening for Violence Accreditation Insider, October 3, 2017 In the October edition of Perspectives, The Joint Commission reiterated the need to screen patients for potential risks to themselves or others. This is part of a long-standing and ongoing effort to change the sky-high rates of workplace violence in healthcare. More than 70% of the 23,000 significant injuries resulting ...Read More →

Physical Restraint: A Historical Review and Current Practice

Physical Restraint: A Historical Review and Current Practice

Physical Restraint: A Historical Review and Current Practice Kim J. Masters, MD Psychiatric Annals January 2017 – Volume 47 · Issue 1: 52-55 Posted January 12, 2017 DOI: 10.3928/00485713-20161129-01 Abstract The use of physical restraint in the management of psychiatric patients has a history dating back at least 300 years, with its origins in society finding a quid pro quo legal justificati ...Read More →

Hospitals Banding Together With State Associations, Peers to Tackle Cyber Threats

Hospitals Banding Together With State Associations, Peers to Tackle Cyber Threats

Hospitals Banding Together With State Associations, Peers to Tackle Cyber Threats Providers are working proactively and collaboratively to prevent future hacks Joseph Conn August 11, 2017 Even before Petya and WannaCry, the latest ransomware attacks, leaders of hospitals and health systems have been collaborating and fighting back against cybersecurity threats. This spring in Virginia, for example ...Read More →

Inadequate Hand-off Communication

Inadequate Hand-off Communication

Sentinel Event Alert 58: Inadequate Hand-off Communication Health care professionals typically take great pride and exert painstaking effort to meet patient needs and provide the best possible care. Unfortunately, too often, this diligence and attentiveness falters when the patient is handed off, or transitioned, to another health care provider for continuing care, treatment or services. A common ...Read More →

Hospital Factors Drive Readmissions, Study Shows

Hospital Factors Drive Readmissions, Study Shows

Hospital Factors Drive Readmissions, Study Shows Diana Swift September 13, 2017 After disentangling patient-related factors, researchers find hospital factors significantly affect 30-day readmission rates, researchers report in an article published in the September 14 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. “There’s been a lot of uncertainty about the degree to which readmission ...Read More →

Improving Patient Care Through Improved Caregiver Support

Improving Patient Care Through Improved Caregiver Support

CDC Urges Early Recognition, Prompt Treatment of Sepsis For Immediate Release: Thursday, August 31, 2017 Contact: Media Relations (404) 639-3286 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today launched Get Ahead of Sepsis, an educational initiative to protect Americans from the devastating effects of sepsis. This initiative emphasizes the importance of early recognition and timely treatment o ...Read More →