Healthcare News & Insights

3 unique ways to cut readmissions

Hospitals must try all the strategies they can to reduce readmissions, and it’s wise for them to think outside the box to come up with different ideas they can adapt for their patient mix. Various health systems across the country have launched successful initiatives to improve their patients’ health – and facilities can learn from […] [MORE]

Handling top challenges hospitals face with patient safety

Hospitals have tried many tactics to boost patient safety and improve outcomes, but often their efforts are thwarted by different issues. Some of them aren’t in a facility’s control, but according to a new federal report, others are. 

Hospitals need to lower their C. diff rates: Here’s how

The battle against hospital-acquired infections rages on. While rates for some infections are down, hospitals need to do a better job of keeping patients from contracting others – particularly C. diff. 

New research shows effect of long shifts on patient safety

Prevailing wisdom has always won out when it comes to new resident surgeons’ shifts – make them adhere to strict limits governing how long they can work. This move was made to keep patients safe. But according to new research, these limits may not be as effective as once thought. 

Checklists improve outcomes for surgery

Hospitals that aren’t using surgical checklists could be putting patients in unnecessary danger. A new study shows just how effective checklists are at keeping patients safe from preventable harm – and even death – during many common procedures. 

DNR orders may negatively affect quality ratings

Nowadays, all hospitals are subject to ratings of their performance. And since the results of these evaluations are typically made public, facilities end up facing a lot of scrutiny. It may be warranted in some areas, but others may be unfairly making your hospital look bad – especially regarding mortality rates. 

Too many C-sections in hospitals

The rates of hospital C-sections are higher than ever. This suggests many new mothers don’t actually need the procedure. One patient-safety group is bringing attention to this fact and calling on hospitals to make better judgments. 

6 keys to reduce patient falls in hospitals

Patient falls are still a significant problem in facilities, and injuries sustained during a fall can jeopardize a patient’s recovery. With that in mind, The Joint Commission has released new guidelines designed to help hospitals get better at preventing falls.  

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. 

Hidden patient safety threat: Dietary errors

Hospital staff may tend to think of avoiding medication errors, infections or surgical complications when addressing patient safety. But there’s another element to patient safety that often goes overlooked: Food allergies and dietary errors.