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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.

Considering a merger? Pay attention to 3 potential safety risks

As the healthcare industry changes, there’s always the possibility your facility will merge with another. Maintaining a hospital or health system is expensive, and pooling resources can help counteract some of the costs. However, those mergers may cause more than just administrative headaches – they might actually impact patient care. 

Reduce pneumonia rates, save money: Strategies for your facility

Hospital-acquired pneumonia puts patients’ health at serious risk. Beyond impacting patient safety, treating pneumonia costs money and resources, so revamping your facility’s prevention efforts can both boost your bottom line and improve patient care. 

6 patient safety issues your hospital must address

Keeping patients safe while they’re in your facility is the ultimate goal for any hospital executive. If patients are willing to trust you with their care, repaying that trust by ensuring they stay as healthy as possible is essential. But there are perennial obstacles to patient safety, ones that your organization should be addressing – […] [MORE]

Hospital plumbing may contain superbugs: Keeping patients safe from infections

Hospital-acquired infections should be a major concern for your facility, but there may be additional culprits you’re not addressing. A new study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) revealed large amounts of antibiotic-resistant organisms in hospital plumbing. 

Prevent patient falls in your hospital

Patient falls are a major concern for any hospital, since patients are often at their most vulnerable and confused while hospitalized. Having clear and thorough fall prevention methods can go a long way toward making sure your patients stay safe during their hospital stays. 

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]

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