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Nurses can play key role in palliative and end-of-life care

Nurses are among the healthcare professionals best positioned to assess patients' need for palliative care as well as to administer this type of care, according to Nurse.com.

How increased diversity will change the business of healthcare

Major social and cultural demographic shifts in the United States are transforming the business side of healthcare, according to a column published in Forbes.

Merger of Walter Reed and Navy National Medical Center provides blueprint for success

The merger of the nation's two leading military hospitals -- Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Bethesda Navy National Medical Center -- was more than just a joining of two medical institutions, it was a melding of two historical rivals. In spite of early challenges, the two institutions have successfully merged into one and can serve as a blueprint for future challenging mergers and other institutional transformations, according to a blog post for Health Affairs.

VA scandal: Nearly 1 in 3 vets in waitlist backlog are dead

More than a year after a scandal involving wait times and care delays within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) first broke, nearly a third of the veterans that are in the total backlog have already died, according to an internal document leaked to the Huffington Post

OSHA updates inspection procedures to reduce healthcare workers' exposure to tuberculosis

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced updated inspection procedures to better protect workers against exposures to tuberculosis in healthcare settings.

New sites allow patients to compare surgeons based on outcomes, complication rates

Two new sites will allow consumers to evaluate and compare surgeons based on never-before-available information on complications rates and patient outcomes

Patients with complex diagnoses receive better, less expensive care at long-term acute care facilities

Patients with critical and medically complex diagnoses fare better and receive less expensive care at long-term acute care hospitals, according to a study published in the July issue of the journal Medical Care.

Color-coded alert systems provide little benefit in hospital shootings

Hospital shootings are becoming distressingly common--and safety advocates say that the color coded alert systems used by most healthcare facilities are not only inadequate, but may endanger the lives and safety of hospital patients and visitors.

HHS proposal would overhaul safety rules at nursing homes, long-term care facilities

Under a proposal to improve patient safety in long-term care hospitals and nursing homes, the facilities would be required to improve care coordination and planning, mandate infection control training, assign an infection control officer and consider resident health during staffing decisions. 

Satisfied nurses improve hospital outcomes, mortality

Nurses have a significant impact on the success of a hospital, according to a study of a team of Kaiser Permanente nurses published in Health Care Management Review.

CDC: Spend more time during office visits to prevent falls

Providers should take extra time during office visits to review patients' medications for any that may put them at risk for falls and ask patients if they have fallen in the past year or are concerned about falling, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

ER nurses often suffer from 'death anxiety'

The day-to-day exposure to life-and-death situations takes its toll on emergency room nurses, who often experience "death anxiety," a state which makes them more conscious of their own mortality and creates a high level of stress and unease. A new article in the journal Emergency Nurse calls for hospitals leaders to recognize the signs and symptoms of the condition and put interventions in place to help improve the mental health of their staff.

 

Half of U.S. hospitals don't follow child abuse screening guidelines

A study published in the journal Pediatrics says that nearly half of children with abuse-related injuries are not being properly screened for hidden fractures, in spite of that procedure's accuracy in determining cases of abuse. The study also found that race and socioeconomic status play a role in these discrepancies.

Iowa hospitals create infection control guidelines for animal visitations

While animal therapy has proven benefits to the health and wellbeing of patients and hospital staff, the programs can also pose an infection risk, The [Iowa] Gazette reported.

Growing number of hospitals open ERs for the elderly

A growing number of hospitals across the nation are opening special emergency centers for seniors in order to address the complex healthcare needs of the elderly and cut down on complications and readmissions.

4 ways hospitals can cut wasteful, unnecessary care and improve patient outcomes

A significant amount of the healthcare administered each year to patients in the U.S. is unnecessary, expensive and ends up doing more harm than good, says Robert Pearl, M.D., in an essay for Forbes. He offers four ways organizations can reduce this unnecessary care. 

How hospitals could prevent thousands of central line infection deaths

Central line infections killed nearly 10,000 hospital patients in 2013, but hospitals could prevent nearly all such infections by following a simple checklist, according to Vox.

Regulatory watchdog calls for more transparency on CMS star-rating methodology

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services failed to comply with notice-and-comment laws and wasn't transparent in its methodology when it made changes to its five-star ratings system, according to a letter from the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness, an independent watchdog group.

3 ways union organization attempts hurt hospitals and threaten patient safety

Hospitals and health systems targeted for union organization suffer the consequences in lower patient and employee satisfaction, as well as higher readmission rates.

Health industry resists safety protocols to protect worker injuries

A new report from the advocacy group Public Citizen says that hospital executives and administrators have no plan of action for lowering the staggering rate of on-the-job injuries for nurses. Furthermore, institutions appear to resist any government attempt to regulate the industry from the outside.