Emergency departments across the country saw a record number of patients in 2011, with more than 136 million people visiting, and experts only expect the demand to increase, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
While errors made by medical professionals are known to have a profound impact on patients, a new study finds that such missteps also are a major source of trauma for doctors and nurses.
The Department of Veterans Affairs fired Sharon Helman, the head of the Phoenix VA Healthcare System, on Monday after an investigation confirmed a lack of oversight and other misconduct occurred under her leadership.
Meaningful cost containment within the healthcare system depends on patients carefully monitoring how much they pay for care, according to Marketwatch.
Healthcare that is delivered with kindness and compassion that celebrates the importance of human connection is more effective than not when treating sick patients, and can help them have less pain an anxiety, according to an article in Newsmax Health.
Dramatic reductions in healthcare associated infections (HAIs) have earned the University of Vermont Medical Center the national Partnership in Prevention Award, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology announced.
The Ebola outbreak in Liberia is now showing signs of slowing down, but U.S. public officials aren't necessarily breathing a sigh of relief as they now must prepare for the next health disaster, the Associated Press reports.
A new care coordination program is yielding positive results for patients with chronic conditions in Texas, according to the Standard-Times.
A watchdog group called on California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to audit hospitals for medical errors in the wake of a local news report that found details on such events are not readily available.
Nurses shouldn't be required to work overtime to cover staffing shortages, the American Nurses Association (ANA) said in a position paper released last week that called for hospitals and nurses should work together to reduce nurse fatigue and possible harm to patients.
Hospitals should focus less on innovation and more on imitating proven approaches that actually work and adapt them for industry use, according to a Harvard Business Review article.
Half of patients don't take their medications as prescribed, but despite efforts to encourage patients to take the necessary drugs, new research published in The Cochrane Library indicates there is no effective intervention
Older American adults are sicker than those in 10 other countries, with nearly seven in 10 dealing with at least two chronic conditions, according to an international survey published in Health Affairs.
The problem of inadequate hand hygiene has persisted in hospitals partly because traditional strategies, such as awareness posters, have "grown stale," while inherent flaws in other initiatives, such as urging patients to remind clinicians to wash their hands, have limited their effectiveness, according to a research article from BMC Infectious Diseases.
Workplace violence against healthcare workers could be even more prevalent than previously thought, with surveys indicating incidents of violence are massively under-reported.
As the Ebola virus continues to make headlines in the U.S., hospitals must be prepared to protect potential patients' privacy, or face millions of dollars in fines as well as a government investigation, according to an article in MedCity News.
Although nearly three-quarters of medical and service managers are women, only 18 percent of hospital CEOs are female, according to an infographic created by Norwich University's Master of Science in Nursing online program.