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  1. Who actually knows what a malpractice settlement consists of? 5 things to know

    An academic health system with a stated commitment to patient safety and transparency used nondisclosure agreements in most malpractice settlements with very little standardization or consistency, according to a JAMA Internal Medicine study.  By Brandon Howard -
  2. How Indiana hospitals improve patient safety, save money post-ACA: 9 notes on Partnerships for Patients program

    Under the Partnerships for Patients program, a component of an effort funded by the ACA, the government has been encouraging hospitals to improve quality and reduce costs. The Indiana Hospital Association received a grant which allowed them to hire more staff and to work to improve patient safety in 11 areas, according to an Indianapolis Business Journal report.  By Brandon Howard -
  3. Ebola found in American physicians' eye after being cleared: 4 things to know

    Even after a patient recovers from Ebola, the virus can still exist for months in their eyeballs, researchers found in a report published in New England Journal of Medicine.  By Brandon Howard -

Improving patient care with practitioners

Penn State Hershey Medical Center will share how their engagement and talent management strategy has transformed their onboarding experience and ongoing staff development.
  1. 5 things to know about disinfecting robot's performance at Renown Health

    Reno, Nev.,-based Renown Health has introduced four Xenex "germ-zapping" robots as part of their infection prevention protocols and to enhance quality patient care.  By Brandon Howard -
  2. Not just your hands, wash your beard: 4 notes on beard hygiene

    An Albuquerque, N.M., television station had samples of beard swabs sent to a Quest Diagnostics location for examination and found 'fecal like' bacteria which surprised microbiologist John Golobic.  By Brandon Howard -
  3. Virginia Health Information publishes new quality measures: 4 things to know

    Nonprofit healthcare transparency advocate organization Virginia Health Information has published new measures aimed to help the state make informed healthcare choices.  By Brandon Howard -
  4. 5 notes on quality & safety in Florida hospitals

    Hospital Safety Scores from Leapfrog Group reveal 'almost half' of the general, acute-care hospitals in the state of Florida have received an "A" rating, reports Health News Florida.  By Brandon Howard -

Robotic technology for orthopedics in the ASC

Robotic technology is well established across multiple specialties in the hospital setting, due primarily to the clinical and strategic value it brings. Robotics, especially for orthopedics, is gaining traction in the ASC setting with early adopters who recognize its value.
  1. 5 key quotes from NPSF president on patient safety culture

    Tejal Gandhi, MD, president and CEO of National Patient Safety Foundation spoke in a video posted on Hospitals & Health Networks Daily about the importance of instituting a culture of safety.  By Brandon Howard -
  2. FDA issues proposed healthcare antiseptics rule — 4 notes

    The Food and Drug Administration has issued a proposed rule with regard to healthcare antiseptics.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. 4 points on CDC's rare vaccinia infection report

    A Boston laboratory employee became infected with a vaccinia virus from a needlestick accidental stabbing. The man was vaccinated 10 months prior, according to the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota's report on a recent study in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.  By Brandon Howard -
  4. 4 key points on artificial joint infections

    A patient who experienced swelling and infection after knee replacement usually has two choices: take penicillin or have another surgery.  By Brandon Howard -
  1. 6 things to know about physician who solved infection mystery

    Ankit Bharat, MD, of Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, promised the sister of his patient who had died from a rare infection called sarcoidosis after lung transplant surgery that he would "get to the bottom" of it.  By Brandon Howard -
  2. Physician office injection leads to hep. C: 4 things to know

    The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department recommends former patients of a Santa Barbara (Calif.) physician get tested for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV after a department investigation and inspections revealed "multiple infection control breaches" by the clinic leading to the closure of the medical office.  By Brandon Howard -
  3. Can surveillance improve healthcare worker safety? CDC thinks so

    Surveillance may be the answer to improving safety and reducing healthcare worker injuries, according to a recent report by the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.  By Brandon Howard -
  4. Augmenting a gas naturally in our bodies fights RSV infection

    Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston found hydrogen sulfide reduces the severity of respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV.  By Brandon Howard -
  5. Emory's "Team Ebola" to receive patient safety award

    "Team Ebola" at Emory University Hospital Serious Communicable Disease Unit in Atlanta will receive the National Patient Safety Foundation's DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses for their care of patients critically ill with Ebola.  By Brandon Howard -
  6. 5 parasites that have travelled the world

    Certain social and economic factors have resulted in dangerous parasites appearing in new countries and parts of the world.  By Brandon Howard -
  7. The health risks of antibacterial soap

    Antibacterial soaps could hold health concerns for adults and especially for kids, reports Time.  By Brandon Howard -
  8. 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 -
  9. 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 -

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