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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.

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. 

High-tech lab management solutions reduce medical errors & improve patient safety

The third-leading cause of death in the United States is largely a preventable one: medical errors. In this guest post, Matthew Hawkins, president of a laboratory information systems provider, explains how high-tech lab management solutions can reduce medical errors and improve patient safety.

Are get-well gifts a hazard to your patients’ health?

Visitors are good for your patients. Patients’ spirits are lifted by seeing familiar faces, and receiving get-well gifts and comfort items from home. But some hospitals see visitors as just another possible source of contamination to battle – spreading germs and bringing in allergens such as flowers, latex balloons and stuffed animals. That’s why some facilities are […] [MORE]

Perception doesn’t always match reality with safety culture surveys

Many hospitals pride themselves on having a culture that promotes patient safety. But this mindset may not be as effective in keeping patients safe from harm as it seems on the surface. According to new research, outcomes may not be much better in hospitals with a self-proclaimed safety culture after all. 

Make sure your hospital is prepared for tornado season

Tornado season is here, and hospitals need to gird for storms. Although no plan is entirely comprehensive, administrators should be running practice drills of their emergency operations plans and filling in the gaps. In this guest post, Scott Jeffries, industry manager of onshore corporate services for a provider of professional weather services, provides advice on key areas for […] [MORE]

Placement matters with hand sanitizer dispensers for visitors

Making sure everyone follows correct hand hygiene protocol at your hospital is important. It’s hard enough to get doctors and nurses to wash their hands regularly, but you also have to worry about visitors’ hand hygiene. 

Does higher use of post-acute care lead to higher readmission rates?

Could how often a hospital uses post-acute care affect its readmission rates? According to a new study the answer is yes, and it’s not for the better. 

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