Healthcare News & Insights

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. 

Infection rates don’t tell whole story with ventilator-associated pneumonia

The fight’s never over with infection prevention. More news has surfaced proving that hospitals still have work to do regarding hospital-acquired infections in patients. Even though improvements have been made, facilities can’t get comfortable with their progress just yet. 

New ‘super scrubs’ fight germs in hospitals

The debate rages on about whether scrubs carry germs in hospitals. Whether they contribute to the spread of hospital infections or not, the uniforms come into contact with deadly bacteria on a daily basis. To make sure these germs don’t spread to patients, some hospitals are using new scrubs that are proven to repel contaminants. 

Keep patients from developing pressure ulcers after surgery

Preventing pressure ulcers should be a priority for hospitals. Not only do they often cause harm to patients, but treatment isn’t always covered by payors since they’re seen as “never events.” While some may think prevention falls only to nurses, your surgical team may also play a significant role in keeping pressure sores under control. 

Hospitals fall short with physician staffing in ICU

Critically ill patients in intensive care units usually need a great deal of medical attention. And they have better outcomes when hospitals meet the appropriate staffing requirements for the ICU. However, many hospitals are opting not to hire the most specialized physicians, and this practice may negatively affect patients’ recovery. 

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.