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  1. The health risks of antibacterial soap

    Antibacterial soaps could hold health concerns for adults and especially for kids, reports Time.  By Brandon Howard -
  2. PCORI board approves $120M+ for 34 comparative effectiveness research studies

    The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute board of governors approved more than $120 million to fund 34 patient-centered clinical comparative effectiveness research studies.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Experimental Ebola drug proves effective in animal studies

    A drug named TKM Ebola has proved effective in primates who had been infected, reports Time.    By Brandon Howard -

Current hospital trends and strategies

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  1. Dr. Michael O'Boyle receives patient safety award

    Orthopedic trauma surgeon Michael O'Boyle, MD, of Richmond, Va.,-based Bon Secours Medical Group, received the Lewis W. Blackman Patient Safety Champion Award in the Caregiver category at the South Carolina Transforming Health Symposium, reports Greenville Business Magazine.  By Brandon Howard -
  2. Saint Mary's College student tests positive for bacterial meningitis

    A case of bacterial meningitis has hospitalized a Saint Mary's College student, who tested positive for the contagious infection.  By Brandon Howard -
  3. NPSF DAISY Awards recognize extraordinary nurses

    The National Patient Safety Foundation's DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses will be conferred to one individual and one team.  By Brandon Howard -
  4. International group of healthcare systems begin project to improve patient safety

    Sixteen international health systems have begun a year-long project called the Safer Care Accelerator. The project will gather and share data with the goal to design systems to improve patient safety, according to a report from CMAJ.  By Brandon Howard -

Improve engagement with community physicians 

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  1. Alcohol-based disinfectant vs. hand washing: Which fights noroviruses better?

    A study in The Journal of Hospital Infection, "Reducing viral contamination from finger pads: handwashing is more effective than alcohol-based hand disinfectants," concluded washing hands with soap and water is a better option than using alcohol-based disinfectants to remove noroviruses.  By Brandon Howard -
  2. MRSA can be controlled with strict IC protocols enforced over time, study finds

    Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus control in the long term is feasible when a bundle of infection control precautions are strictly enforced over time, according to a study in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Are quality measures improving patient safety? 7 key notes

    A new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality shows patient safety is improving but there is still room for growth at hospitals. By Laura Dyrda -
  4. The Joint Commission: 10 most frequently identified root causes of sentinel events

    In 2014, human factors were the most frequently identified root cause of sentinel events, according to "Sentinel Event Data Root Causes by Event Type 2004-2014," released by The Joint Commission.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  1. MRSA case reported at Detroit high school

    Officials at Livonia Public Schools have confirmed a staff member at Livonia Franklin High School in Livonia, Mich., has been diagnosed with MRSA, according to ClickOnDetroit.  By Brandon Howard -
  2. Music therapy proves comforting for patients

    Five sisters in Des Moines, Iowa started an event to help provide music therapy services to those entering end of life care, since these therapies are not covered by insurance and rely on donations and private pay, reported WHOTV.  By Brandon Howard -
  3. King's Daughters Medical Center receives patient safety, patient experience distinctions

    Healthgrades has recognized Ashland, Ky.,-based hospital King's Daughters Medical Center for the Healthgrades 2015 Patient Safety Excellence Award and the Healthgrades 2015 Outstanding Patient Experience Award, reported DailyLeader.com.  By Brandon Howard -
  4. 4 more test positive for TB at Kansas High School

    At Olathe Northwest High School in Olathe, Kan., four people tested positive for tuberculosis, bringing the total school TB infection number to 31, reports KSHB.  By Brandon Howard -
  5. Fewer U.S. physicians today believe EMRs improve health outcomes vs. 2 years ago

    According to an Accenture survey, more doctors are proficient at using electronic medical records than they were two years ago, but less believe they have improved treatment decisions, reduced errors or improved health outcomes, reports The Financial.  By Brandon Howard -
  6. Ebola vaccine trial underway in Sierra Leone

    The Centers for Disease Control and prevention has partnered with health officials and disease researchers in Sierra Leone to launch a clinical trial for an Ebola vaccine, reports TheHill.com.  By Brandon Howard -
  7. NPSF announces 2015 Stand Up for Patient Safety Management Award winners

    The National Patient Safety Foundation announced the winners of the 2015 Stand Up for Patient Safety Management Awards — the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., and Great Neck, New York-based North Shore LIG.  By Brandon Howard -
  8. Healthcare quality & access in the US: 9 key findings

    Here are three key findings from the 2014 Quality and Disparities Report:  By Anuja Vaidya -
  9. 5 trends in emergent hernia repair rates in the U.S.

    A study recently published in JAMA Surgery examines trends in rates of emergent abdominal hernia repair within the United States.  By Anuja Vaidya -


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