An 8-step strategy to improve hand-hygiene compliance

Although proper hand-hygiene is considered the most important measure to prevent the spread of infections, nearly 1 in 4 hospitals fail to fully comply with recommended guidelines. But a new guide by the Association for Professional in Infection Control and Epidemiology aims to change that and help hospitals boost compliance.  

The pros and cons of smartphones in the operating room

Although smartphones can be a major asset in the operating room for doctors and nurses to look up quick information, they can also distract clinicians, according to The Atlantic.

U.S. News names Massachusetts General Hospital best in the nation

Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston is the best hospital in the country, according to the latest rankings released by U.S. News & World Report.

VA scandal: Facility manager in Georgia indicted for falsifying records

The manager of a Veterans Affairs facility in Georgia has been indicted for falsifying the medical records of veterans awaiting care outside the VA system, according to the Washington Post.

Community hospital vs major medical center: Sometimes local care is the better option

Although many patients will travel to a major medical center, hospital system or specialty center to treat a serious condition or undergo major surgery, in some cases, the local community hospital may be a better option, according to an article in U.S. News & World Report 

Hospitals work to capture patient voices to improve healthcare experience

Hospitals frequently turn to patients and their family members for suggestions that they hope will lead to improved quality of care, according to an article in USA Today.

Virginia Mason Institute will bring its patient safety improvement efforts across the globe

England's National Health Service has selected the Virginia Mason Institute, one of the safest hospitals in the nation, to help the agency replicate its management system, which centers on improving patient safety and care quality while controlling healthcare costs, according to a Newswise article.

Most healthcare workers don't follow personal protective equipment-removal rules

Fewer than 15 percent of healthcare workers comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendations for removing personal protective equipment (PPE), according to a study from the American Journal of Infection Control. Correct removal is crucial to reduce contamination from emerging pathogens like the Ebola virus.

Ohio health system's new dress code: Mandates underwear, bans "extreme" hair colors

Akron, Ohio's Summa Health Systems, Inc. has issued new guidelines for healthcare workers forbidding certain hair colors, long beards, exposed skin and "going commando," according to Cleveland's Fox 8 News.

Nurse safety: 3 dangers hospital leaders must know

Nursing staff face a number of safety hazards, to the point that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced increased scrutiny of hospitals' safety precautions. But there are several threats to nurses that hospital leaders must address, according to Becker's Hospital Review.

4 ways to inspire healthcare innovation

The healthcare industry can take lessons in innovation from sources as diverse as Chipotle, the zoo or the Apple store, leaders at the Sibley Innovation Hub told the Washington Business Journal.

Why a broken healthcare system needs more selfless acts

Guest post by Lynn McVey, chief operating officer of Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center, an acute care, 230-bed hospital in New Jersey. While having a casual conversation with my buddy who is a...

North Carolina law to make hospital violence a felony may have unintended consequences

A new law making it a felony to commit acts of violence in North Carolina hospitals could have unintended consequences for patients with mental illness, substance abuse issues or--as is common -- a combination of both, according to the Charlotte News-Observer. The legislation is intended as a bulwark against attacks on hospital workers, which make up 75 percent of workplace violence cases.

Most healthcare professionals would leave jobs for better pay

Forty-five percent of healthcare workers have not received a pay raise in the last year, and nearly 3 in 4 said that they would leave their current employer for a higher paying position elsewhere, according to a survey by Health eCareers.

Judge: St. Luke's, Saltzer Medical Group must reveal plans to dissolve acquisition

A federal judge wants St. Luke's Health System in Boise and the Saltzer Medical Group to hand over the details of their plan to unwind their partnership due to anitrust violations, the Idaho Statesman reports

VA scandal: Did officials encourage incomplete applications?

Despite numerous attempts to fix care delays in the Department of Veterans Affairs, the system's patient backlog remains high, and internal politics may be to blame, a whistleblower told the Washington Examiner.

Lessons learned from two Oregon Coordinated Care Organizations

Two of Oregon's Coordinated Care Organizations are coming into their own in their second year of operation, but personnel say that they struggle to meet some state requirements, according to a Health Affairs blog post. The do-or-die process that helped them assemble the institutions on a tight schedule has ended up creating a high turnover and burnout rate, which could jeopardize the institutions' long-term goals. 

Common mortality measure doesn't reflect preventable hospital deaths

Standardized mortality ratios, used for decades in numerous countries, including the United States, are not an accurate reflection of preventable hospital deaths, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal.

Distinct newborn names cut NICU medical error rates in Montefiore study

A simple but distinct naming convention could help prevent medical errors in hospital neonatal intensive care units, according to a study conducted by researchers at the Montefiore Health System in New York and published online in Pediatrics ahead of its August issue.

Multi-faceted home ventilation intervention reduces COPD readmissions, study finds

Non-invasive ventilation as part of a multi-faceted intervention approach successfully reduced readmission rates among chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.