Healthcare News & Insights

Surgical checklists reduce death rates in South Carolina

Surgical checklists can be helpful. They allow the surgery team to streamline processes and make sure critical steps weren’t missed during the procedure. New research offers proof that these checklists are not only beneficial for surgeons – they also save lives. 

New program designed to improve patient outcomes after surgery

Improving patient outcomes after surgery is a challenge for many hospitals. A new safety initiative, headed by the American College of Surgeons and the Johns Hopkins Institute for Patient Safety, plans to help hundreds of hospitals boost the quality of their post-surgery care. 

Keep patients from developing pressure ulcers after surgery

Preventing pressure ulcers should be a priority for hospitals. Not only do they often cause harm to patients, but treatment isn’t always covered by payors since they’re seen as “never events.” While some may think prevention falls only to nurses, your surgical team may also play a significant role in keeping pressure sores under control. 

Keys to help doctors discuss adverse events with patients

If an adverse event happens, it’s important for hospital staff to communicate with patients and their families right away so they can be aware of the situation and how it’ll be resolved. However, doctors may struggle with this for several reasons, and hospitals must help them along. 

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).