Healthcare News & Insights

Good news: Hospital-acquired conditions are declining overall

Hospitals are slowly but surely making progress with preventing various hospital-acquired conditions. A new report from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) shows there’s been a decrease in several conditions over the past five years. 

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. 

Evidence-based practice centers can help hospitals

Research has shown that evidence-based care strategies can improve quality and patient outcomes. But putting them into practice without any guidance can be tricky. That’s where evidence-based practice centers come in. 

Hospitals show gains in patient safety rates

All the effort hospitals have been putting into improving patient safety is paying off, according to a new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Study: Checklist helps surgical teams if a medical crisis occurs

Research has suggested that using a safety checklist helps reduce the risk of infection in patients. Now, there’s proof that such checklists are also effective in mitigating the effects of surgical crises.

See how your state’s hospitals measure up with AHRQ healthcare snapshots

Want to find out how hospitals in your state compare to others nationwide? Check out the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s recently released annual state snapshots report for 2011.

Are your staffers afraid to report errors?

Pop quiz time: If an employee spots a medical error, what is he/she most likely to do? Report it right away. Keep it to him/herself. It depends on the kind of policy your facility has on reporting safety/medical error incidents.

Is your organization ready for EHR?

Electronic health records (EHRs) can help medical practices greatly improve their efficiency and patient care. But trying to implement a system before the organization is ready can have expensive consequences.

Report: Low health literacy can be deadly

Patients who have less complete understanding of the health issues they face have worse health in general and higher death rates.