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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.

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. 

New study shows the majority of patients don’t understand their discharge summaries

Hospitals across the U.S. are doing everything they can to reduce readmissions. A new study offers facilities one more factor to look at when it comes to reducing readmissions – discharge summaries. 

Mixed bag for preventing patient complications

Hospitals will have to step it up a notch to keep patients from experiencing preventable complications. A new report shows that while complication rates aren’t increasing right now, they aren’t decreasing, either. 

ECRI’s Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2016

Technology: Hospitals need it to stay competitive, doctors need it to improve patient care with greater precision and safety, and staff need it to enhance workflow. These are all pluses. But, as usual, with the pluses come minuses. That’s why ECRI released its Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2016. 

2 strategies to cut down preventable admissions

Improving patient outcomes and avoiding unnecessary admissions could come down to a few simple steps. 

Are cell phones a help or hindrance in OR?

Most hospitals don’t have a formal policy on the use of cellar devices in the operating room (OR). And according to industry experts, if you’re one of them, the time to create a policy is now. 

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