A 2013 report found that medical errors may cause up to 400,000 deaths annually, making them the third leading cause of death in the nation, behind only heart disease and cancer. FierceHealthcare examines three ways healthcare providers can reduce and prevent these mistakes.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tuesday launched a new strategy to stop the spread of Ebola to healthcare workers in the wake of news that a second clinician who cared for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan before he died has come down with the deadly virus.
Hospital CEOs should care about ICD-10 implementation because that's how hospitals get paid, Marty Fattig, chief executive officer of Nemaha County Hospital in Auburn, Nebraska writes in H&HN Daily. But many senior executives have limited knowledge of their organizations' preparedness.
Every hour of the day, it seems we learn new details about Ebola; how it's treated, how it spreads, what protective gear healthcare workers should wear and what precautions they should take when caring for patients with the deadly virus.
One thing is clear: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas made serious mistakes in the way they handled the first confirmed case of Ebola. There appears to be many missteps, from lax guidelines to reports that healthcare workers didn't receive proper training to the fact that a nurse who treated the patient who later died was allowed to board an airplane even though she began to exhibit symptoms of the virus.
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Stricter guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for healthcare workers treating the Ebola virus center on three key principles, according to new guidance from the agency.
Patient early warning detection system alerts staff to minor changes in a patient's conditions can help prevent more serious events down the line and reduce mortality rates.
The Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses Association and two affiliated groups launched a $5 million campaign Monday to train nurses and other professionals to care for patients with serious illnesses.
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