Healthcare News & Insights

New protocols help patients recover faster from surgery

Recovering from surgery can be tough for many patients, and a difficult recovery could lead to a return hospital trip. To avoid this, some hospitals are changing their surgical protocol and adopting practices geared toward an “enhanced recovery.”

Adverse events declining for patients, but there’s still a way to go

A recent study offers hospitals some good news about patient safety: Rates of adverse events for patients with certain conditions are on the decline.

New surgical implant helping neurology patients

In this guest post, writer Katie Lewis discusses deep brain stimulation, a revolutionary new treatment for patients with neurological disorders. 

Could early discharges cost instead of save?

Like all businesses, hospitals have to make money in order to stay in business. You can’t treat patients without staff, equipment, medications, etc., and that all requires money. But is making money sometimes done at the expense of patients’ health?

Report: Hospital quality on the rise

Good news from the Joint Commission’s latest report on hospital quality: Significant gains were made across the board on key indicators of care quality.

Study: Docs who own facilities treat patients differently

Whether or not you need knee surgery may depend on if your surgeon has an ownership stake in the local surgical center.

Which docs gets sued most often — and what’s the real cost?

A new study from the American Medical Association looked into which doctors — by gender, age, specialty, etc. — are most likely to get sued or have other liability claims against them.

Ouch! Surgical sharps injuries on the rise

This hurts in more ways than one: Since passage of a new safety law, surgical sharps injuries have increased more than 6% — while injuries in nonsurgical settings dropped more than 30%. The question is: Why?

Can you use Wii as a surgical tool?

Good news for couch potatoes: New research shows video games can improve important surgical skills.

Case study: What’s really working to reduce hospital-acquired infections

Evidence shows the most effective weapons against a variety of hospital-acquired infections are incredibly low-tech.