Sepsis is one of the biggest killers in hospitals. Thousands of patients who contract the illness die each year. And lowering sepsis rates has been a tough battle for facilities to fight. However, new research may help hospitals get a handle on this deadly disease – with only a common vitamin.
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Due to pending changes in the healthcare landscape, healthcare executives are altering their priorities for their hospitals to make sure they’ll be fully prepared for the challenges ahead. A new survey shows which areas the healthcare C-suite will be keeping top of mind.
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Even as hospitals work to keep preventable harm from impacting patients’ recovery, errors still occasionally happen. Some are severe enough to drastically change a patient’s quality of life. In these situations, hospitals that want to avoid a lengthy, expensive legal battle should remember the power of two words: “I’m sorry.”
Smokers often have poor outcomes after procedures in hospitals. Since facilities are being judged based on patient outcomes, avoiding complications is critical. New research suggests that helping these patients quit smoking may have a positive impact on their recovery from various procedures – specifically hip and knee replacements.
Because patient satisfaction has become more important to hospitals’ bottom line, many facilities are starting to focus on improving the patient experience, even drawing inspiration from customer service professionals in the hospitality industry.
Sometimes, giving the best care to hospitalized patients means knowing when to stop interventions to respect their wishes while giving them the support they need as their lives draw to an end. A new study sheds light upon how different facilities handle patients who have do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders.
Hospitals that want to make real progress toward providing more value-based care can get inspiration from their peers who are achieving success. Truven Health Analytics/IBM Watson has just released its annual list of the 100 Top Hospitals in the country, and they share many qualities other facilities should strive to emulate.
Managing supplies effectively is critical to avoiding waste in hospitals. Unfortunately, many facilities aren’t tracking their medical supplies as closely as they should be, and that’s created a huge surplus of medical goods that often go unused.
For the past few months, hospitals have been on edge wondering about the new Republican-designed replacement for healthcare reform and how it would affect their bottom line. The new legislation’s recently been released, and if it’s passed as written, hospitals may have to deal with some changes to their budgets.