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  1. Unconscious Attitudes About Race May Impact Diagnoses, Treatment of African American Patients

    Unconscious racial stereotyping among physicians may negatively impact medical diagnoses and treatment of African American patients, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on racial stereotyping. By Jaimie Oh -
  2. Infection Control Breaches at Pain Clinic Contributed to MRSA Infections

    Researchers concluded breaches of infection control may have contributed to three cases of MRSA infection after the patients received epidural shots at a West Virginia outpatient pain clinic, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on infection control. By Jaimie Oh -
  3. Study Reveals Challenge of Controlling Blood Glucose Levels

    Researchers have concluded that healthcare experts disagree on a sound target blood glucose level as well as interventions to maximize patient safety and healing and recommended hospitals establish glucose management protocols for maintaining moderate glucose controls, according to a study published in the AORN Journal.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on controlling blood glucose levels. By Jaimie Oh -

Selecting and implementing EHR solutions

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Legislative updates, economic impacts of electronic solutions, record options, and alternative options are all important elements to consider when planning for the right solutions to implement an EHR.  
  1. On the Quest for Quality: How McLeod Health Reduced Mortality by 28%

    In 2009, the Premier healthcare alliance launched QUEST: High Performing Hospitals, an initiative to improve quality and lower costs. The program's 157 participant hospitals tracked and shared performance data with a goal of matching or exceeding the top 25 percent of hospitals in quality metrics and the top 50 percent in cost. Over three years, the hospitals saved an estimated 24,820 lives and reduced healthcare spending by nearly $4.5 billion. Donna Isgett, senior vice president of corporate quality and safety at Florence, S.C.-based McLeod Health, one of the participating hospitals, shares how the program helped the health system reduce mortality by 28 percent and costs by 22 percent.  By Sabrina Rodak -
  2. Patient Safety Tool: Patient Discharge Instruction Form

    The Nebraska Hospital Association offers a free, downloadable patient instruction form to help patients better manage their health post-discharge.  By Jaimie Oh -
  3. Patient Safety Tool: SBAR Handoff Tool

    The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses offers a free, downloadable communication tool designed to aid in safe patient hand-offs.  By Jaimie Oh -
  4. Nasal and Throat Swabs May Improve MRSA Surveillance

    A throat swab, in addition to a nasal swab, may boost surveillance of MRSA among younger patients, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Infection Control.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on MRSA surveillance. By Jaimie Oh -

Is your ASC ready for a crisis? 

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Simulation-based training has been used to increase the emergency preparedness of healthcare facilities in ambulatory settings. Using clinical scenarios to create a representation of a "real world" emergency encourages the application and development of clinical skills and team collaboration through deliberate practice.
  1. State Infection Reporting Systems Vary Widely

    Recent research findings suggest that a state-by-state system for reporting quality measures is inadequate and that only national guidelines governing disclosure can offer an accurate picture of providers' performance, according to new Johns Hopkins research.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on public reporting. By Jaimie Oh -
  2. Premier Issues Statement on Legislation to Require Medical Device ID System

    Members of the Premier alliance applaud recently introduced legislation that would require implementation of a unique device identification system for medical devices to improve medical device safety.  By Jaimie Oh -
  3. Two Bills Would Change Advance Directives in New Hampshire

    Two bills that would tweak current law governing advance directives have passed the New Hampshire House, according to a Boston Globe report.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on advance directives. By Jaimie Oh -
  4. The Use of Chlorhexidine Gluconate in the Ambulatory Surgery Setting

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, surgical site infections account for 17 percent of all nosocomial infections. Of the more than 30 million surgeries performed in the U.S. each year, SSIs occur in approximately 2 to 5 percent of procedures. These types of infections are expensive to treat and consume healthcare resources — one case adds an average of seven to 10 days to a hospital stay and costs between $3,000 and $29,000. In the ambulatory surgery setting, the use of an efficacious, safe, and persistent skin antiseptic such as chlorhexidine gluconate is critically important in order to mitigate risk for development of SSIs.  By J. Hudson Garrett Jr., PhD, senior director of clinical affairs at PDI Healthcare -
  1. Legislation Calls for Unique IDs to Improve Device Safety

    Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) have proposed legislation that would require the FDA to issue a unique device identifier rule by the end of 2012 to boost device safety.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on the proposed Ensuring Safe Medical Devices for Patients Act. By Jaimie Oh -
  2. Study: Regional Collaboratives Lead to Improved Outcomes, Transparency

    Researchers conducted a study of Chartered Value Exchanges and stakeholders in eight states and found each exchange built trust, cooperation and successful public reporting, which improved provider performance and enabled consumers to choose providers that best meet their needs, according to research published in Health Affairs.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on regional collaboratives. By Jaimie Oh -
  3. Patient Safety Tool: Language Services Toolkit

    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation offers a toolkit intended to help healthcare organizations improve the quality and accessibility of language services.  By Jaimie Oh -
  4. NCQA Awards 4 Leaders With Health Quality Award

    Four healthcare leaders, including Patricia Gabow, MD, CEO of Denver Health and Hospital Authority, have received The National Committee for Quality Assurance's Health Quality Award.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on the Health Quality Award. By Jaimie Oh -
  5. Teaching Hospital's Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Lowers Costs, Infection Rates

    Over a seven-year span, researchers found an antimicrobial stewardship program at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore helped lower antimicrobial costs and infection rates, according to a study published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on antimicrobial stewardship. By Jaimie Oh -
  6. Auditing, Feedback System May Improve Antimicrobial Stewardship

    Researchers have concluded a formal system of review and feedback on antimicrobial stewardship may improve antimicrobial use, according to a study published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on antimicrobial stewardship. By Jaimie Oh -
  7. Patient Education Tool: AHRQ'S Question Builder

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality offers two free, downloadable tools to help patients build questions for their physicians before a visit.  By Jaimie Oh -
  8. Children's Hospitals Launch Patient Safety Initiative

    The Ohio Children's Hospitals' Solutions for Patient Safety has launched an initiative through which participating hospitals will work together to reduce serious harm and readmissions.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on the Ohio Children's Hospitals' Solutions for Patient Safety. By Jaimie Oh -
  9. 10 Healthcare Organizations to Study Methods for Preventing Medical Errors

    Medline has awarded 10 healthcare organizations with grants that will be used to research evidence-based solutions and interventions for preventable harm, including pressure ulcers, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, ventilator-associated pneumonia and others.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on Medline's 2011 Prevention Above All Discoveries Grant. By Jaimie Oh -


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