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Quality and safety are critical to any hospital’s mission. Check here to see what top hospitals are doing to raise quality standards and keep patients safe.

Opioids are a public health crisis: What your hospital can do

The opioid crisis is one of the main public health crises in the U.S., and hospitals are being impacted in many ways. From new restrictions on opiate prescribing to increases in opioid dependence for surgical patients, healthcare organizations must adapt to the challenges created by the opioid epidemic. 

Leadership rounds: Create a ‘patient safety first’ culture

Doctors aren’t the only people who should be making rounds at your facility. Hospital executives need to get out from behind their desks and make their own patient safety “leadership rounds.” 

Make zero ‘never events’ your hospital’s goal

“Never events” received their name because they’re serious adverse events that should never happen – they’re 100% preventable. Problem is, they do happen and with alarming frequency. And despite mandatory reporting, only about half the states comply, and what they report varies due to flawed measurement processes. So how can hospitals improve?

Prevent errors with 4 common types of hospital PPE

In the fight against infection prevention in hospitals, it’s critical to make sure staff are using their personal protective equipment (PPE) correctly. All the prevention strategies in the world won’t make any difference in infection rates if staff aren’t following basic protocol with their PPE. 

Regular testing is needed to safeguard hospital equipment

Hospital monitoring equipment plays a central role in the day-to-day working of any facility, so ensuring that this equipment is accurate through regular testing and calibration is a vital part of patient care. In this guest post, Andrew Teasdale, principal systems engineer at a designer and manufacturer of electrical test equipment, reviews how hospitals should […] [MORE]

5 ‘New Year’s resolutions’ for better patient safety

A new year’s coming, and for many people, that means they start thinking about New Year’s resolutions. Whether it’s to get in shape or save more money, change is at the forefront of their thoughts. Hospitals should have the same mindset when considering patient safety. 

Fires in hospitals: Keys to avoid injuries & property loss

Hospitals have a lot on their plates, between providing top-quality care and keeping up with the always changing healthcare climate. But, just like other large facilities, they also need to stay on top of various aspects of basic facility management, such as fire prevention guidelines. 

Will maximum shift duration for interns be extended to 28-hours again?

For the past five years first-year residents have been limited to working 16-hour maximum shifts. Before 2011, they were allowed to work 28-hour maximum shifts. But that was changed after a 2009 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report found that residents working 24-hour shifts were more likely to injure themselves and their patients, and had an increased […] [MORE]

Programs for safe patient handling reduce lifting injuries

Safe patient handling practices are crucial to make sure hospital staff avoid injuries when transporting or lifting patients. New research shows just how critical these protocols are for hospitals in promoting a safer work environment. 

Video monitoring increases staff adherence to safety protocols & quality of care

It’s not difficult to imagine scenarios where mistakes could happen in operating rooms (OR). What’s difficult is making sure they don’t happen. Many hospitals have taken steps to prevent errors like improved communication, universal protocols, surgical time outs and safety checklists. But one New York hospital took a major step to prevent OR errors. 

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