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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. 

Create a ‘just culture’ in your hospital & revamp patient care

Having a “just culture” at your hospital encourages open and honest communication among staff when mistakes happen. It can also improve patient safety – and help your facility meet compliance standards. 

Joint Commission: New maternal infectious disease requirements coming for hospitals

Hospitals accredited by the Joint Commission will soon have new requirements for infectious diseases transmittable by birth. Any organization with a labor and delivery unit will need to implement three new elements of performance (EPs) by July 1, 2018, to better identify mothers at risk of passing on infectious diseases to their babies. 

Community violence: How hospitals can address its costs

Community violence can be an enormous burden on hospitals, especially in urban areas and big cities. But some facilities are using innovative programs to cut down on violence and decrease the number of patients who come in with violent injuries – which also lowers costs for complex, life-saving surgeries. 

10 steps for improving your hospital’s safety culture

Creating a safety culture in your hospital is essential for improving the quality of care given to patients. To maintain a culture focused on patient safety, staff at all levels, from executives to clinicians, must be engaged in the hospital’s mission. 

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. 

Joint Commission updates guidance on catheter-associated urinary tract infections

Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) are a significant problem for hospitals, and the feds are taking notice. In fact, the Joint Commission recently revised its hospital guidelines for prevention of CAUTIs, which means facilities will have to change their approach to the infections in the new year. 

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.