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  • Patient Safety Tool: Patient Self-Care Tip Sheet

    The National Patient Safety Foundation offers resources to help ensure the safety of patients at all points of care. By Ellie Rizzo -
  • Medication Safety Isn't All That Safe, Study Says

    An examination of results from more than a decade of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices —Medication Safety Self Assessment shows scores have increased significantly between 2000 and 2011, but there is still significant room for improvement, according to an article in the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. By Ellie Rizzo -
  • Specialty Surgical Center Completes Johns Hopkins Patient Safety Training

    Sparta, N.J.-based Specialty Surgical Center staff recently completed training through the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety at Johns Hopkins University. By Laura Dyrda -
  • Better Surgical Performance, Patient Satisfaction When Engaging With Safety Checklist

    Incorporating the use of a safety checklist, and engaging the patient in reviewing the checklist, may reduce adverse events while increasing surgical team performance and patient satisfaction, according to a pilot study that will be presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists-Practice Management 2014 meeting. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  • Is Warm Water Necessary for Handwashing?

    Researchers examined cleanliness of subjects' hands after washing in several different temperatures of water. By Ellie Rizzo -
  • 10 Most-Read Quality Stories Jan. 20-24: ASC

    The following are the most accessed stories from the Becker's ASC quality channel for the week of Jan. 20-24, starting with the most read. By Ellie Rizzo -
  • Communication Strategies for ICU Patients Unable to Speak

    The Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, offers a free toolkit featuring online modules to help nurses improve communication with intensive care unit patients who are unable to speak due to mechanical ventilation. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  • Adverse Events Decline 2005-2011: Study

    Researchers analyzed data from the Medicare Patient Safety Monitoring System on adverse events in more than 61,000 patients admitted to a hospital for a heart attack, congestive heart failure, pneumonia, or conditions requiring surgery and published their findings in the New England Journal of Medicine. By Laura Dyrda -
  • New Clinical Data Framework Available From IOM

    The Institute of Medicine has released a report on potential pathways and guiding principles for sharing clinical data for improvements. By Ellie Rizzo -
  • HAI Transmission Through Clothing: 6 Ways to Reduce

    Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology published guidelines drafted by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology in America that modify healthcare personnel attire to help reduce the potential for HAI transmission.   By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  • Value Based Care: Role of Perioperative Nursing

    Only 14 years into the 21st century, most nurses in the United States were, in fact, educated in the 20th century. By Ellie Rizzo -
  • OSHA Healthcare Worker Online Safety Resource Center Now Live

    The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an online educational resource center providing healthcare providers with tools to prevent worker injuries, improve patient safety and reduce cost. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  • AHRQ Releases HAI & Design Supplement

    An Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality-funded report on healthcare-associated infections and healthcare facility design has been published in a special supplement to Health Environments Research & Design Journal.  By Ellie Rizzo -
  • Study: Pressure Ulcers Significantly Decrease Under Prevention Program

    In a study spanning 12 nursing homes in New York, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's On-Time Pressure Ulcer Prevention module reduced pressure ulcers by 57 percent. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  • Experienced Surgeons, Computers Equally Good at Predicting Risk

    When it comes to predicting surgical risk, experienced surgeons and computer statistical models are on equal footing, according to an article in Journal of the American College of Surgeons. By Ellie Rizzo -
  • New Quality Findings: 9 Things to Know

    The following are the most recent research developments in the world of quality, selected from the last two weeks of coverage and starting with the most recent. By Ellie Rizzo -
  • FDA Announces Class I Recall on Nephros' SafeSpout, SafeShower

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a Class I recall on River Edge, N.J.-based Nephros SafeSpout and SafeShower water filtration faucets due to a potentially faulty filter that could expose patients to harmful bacteria or viruses. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  • 10 Top Read Quality & Patient Safety Articles Jan. 6-10

    The following are the most popular quality articles Jan. 6-10, starting with the most read. By Ellie Rizzo -
  • Leadership Ineffective in Patient Safety Walkrounds

    Senior leaders who disagree with the recommended principles of patient safety walkrounds may engage in counterproductive behaviors during said walkrounds, according to a study published in BMJ Quality and Safety. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  • Study: Patients With Learning Disabilities Receive Lower Quality of Care

    Patients with learning disabilities tend to experience poorer care quality, according to a study published in Health Services and Delivery Research. By Akanksha Jayanthi -


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