Healthcare News & Insights

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. 

Surgery riskier at low-volume hospitals: How to respond

As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. And it’s no different for surgery at hospitals. In fact, according to a recent analysis, surgeons who don’t get enough practice have a higher risk of harming patients during procedures. 

Could your EHR also be a health hazard?

The healthcare industry is pushing providers to digitize their records, but can electronic health record (EHR) systems pose threats to patients’ health in addition to their privacy? 

How an ‘error room’ could save patients’ lives

When it comes to preventing medical errors while caring for patients, it’s one thing to tell hospital staff to follow protocol. It’s another thing to show them how to apply that knowledge in a realistic setting. 

What hospitals can learn from new HAI penalties

About 700 facilities are getting hit with penalties from the government for not doing enough to cut down on medical errors. And it doesn’t look like the heat will be dying down any time soon. 

Not respecting patients has consequences

Respecting hospital patients can go a long way toward improving their outcomes. A good number of patients are feeling alienated by clinical staff during hospital stays – and this can cause medical errors to increase for your facility.