Healthcare News & Insights

C-sections: Reducing rates, improving outcomes

C-section rates are consistently high for American mothers, and groups like the World Health Organization (WHO) have tasked hospitals with keeping expectant mothers safe. Various interventions can be effective in reducing the rates of C-sections and minimizing complications for mothers who do have them. 

Is limiting surgeries based on volume the right move?

It’s been debated for years: Are surgeries performed in high-volume facilities safer than those done in low-volume hospitals? Three health systems are urging others to adopt its practices for limiting procedures based on the surgeon’s experience, but it’s been an uphill battle so far. 

Hospital violence is on the rise: 4 steps to stop it

Healthcare professionals are four times as likely to be victims of workplace violence than the average employee. But the feds are giving hospitals help to protect their workers. 

Medication safety practices: Hospitals need to up their game

How are American hospitals doing when it comes to medication safety? 

Are your physicians immune to the sound of medical device alarms?

Electrocardiogram (ECG) machines, pulse oximetry devices, blood pressure monitors, infusion pumps, ventilators — and the list goes on — all have alarms in them to warn healthcare professionals when something isn’t right. But are your nurses and doctors hearing them?

Does your hospital make the grade?

If you were to give your hospital a letter grade on how it measures up as far as patient safety goes, what would the grade be?

How one state’s hospitals reduced infections, boosted safety

To reduce the incidence of infections and boost safety in its hospitals, one state is taking an innovative approach.

Hospital profile: Step-by-step plan for improving patient care

Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis wants to be the safest and highest-quality hospital in the country. Pretty lofty goals for a 1,100-bed facility that serves a broad range of patients. Here’s how it’s going about achieving these goals.

More than half of health care workers are afraid to blow the whistle on safety issues

Don’t assume employees feel safe reporting safety errors as required: New research shows more than half of health care workers worry that honest reporting will come back to haunt them personally.

How much security do hospitals really need?

In the wake of a series of violent incidents, hospitals are rethinking just how much security is enough to keep patients and staff safe.