Healthcare News & Insights

How critical access hospitals measure up for common surgeries

While much has been said about the safety of high-volume hospitals regarding certain procedures, smaller facilities may be faring better than expected. In fact, new research suggests that rural critical access hospitals are doing just as well as their larger, urban counterparts in some areas. 

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. 

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. 

Opening doors in OR increases infection risks

It’s critical to remind your operating room staff to be mindful of how often they leave the area during surgery. Research shows the risk a patient has for contracting a post-operative infection increases each time the OR door opens. 

Should cameras be installed in every operating room?

Preventable medical errors are one of the top causes of death in the United States. To help change that, the feds are starting to make hospitals directly responsible for patient outcomes. Some say accountability should go a step further, though, and they’re pushing to have cameras installed in the operating room. 

Bundled payments coming for joint replacement surgery

Bundled payments for common surgeries are coming sooner than you may think. In fact, for many hospitals, they’ll be starting for two routine joint replacement surgeries as early as next year – according to a new proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). 

Avoid ‘never events’ in surgery: 4 areas to watch

New research provides insight into why many surgical “never events” occur – which should arm hospitals with the information they need to prevent them. 

How music in the hospital helps patients & staff

Much has been said about the healing power of music in hospitals. Now two recent studies show just how much music can help both patients and clinical staff reduce stress, which improves outcomes all around. 

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. 

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.”