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CDC: Emergency departments saw record visits in 2011

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.

Medical errors traumatize doctors and nurses

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. 

 

VA fires Phoenix hospital head

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.

Consumer discretion necessary to contain health costs

Meaningful cost containment within the healthcare system depends on patients carefully monitoring how much they pay for care, according to Marketwatch.

Compassionate care key in decreasing patient pain, boosting outcomes

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.

3 ways U of Vermont Medical Center slashed HAIs

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.

Ebola epidemic slows down, but public health officials prepare for new threat

​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.

TX hospital partners with pre-med students to reduce chronic care readmissions

A new care coordination program is yielding positive results for patients with chronic conditions in Texas, according to the Standard-Times.

Watchdog group: Audit California hospitals' adverse events reporting

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.

Reduce nurse fatigue with 40-hour workweeks, no forced overtime

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.

Rural healthcare in crisis: What does the future hold?

Rural healthcare providers are at a crossroads. Faced with the same problems as the rest of the industry as it transitions from a fee-for-service model to value-based care, rural providers must also...

Healthcare should focus less on innovation, more on imitation

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.

Medication adherence: Research finds no easy way to get patients to take prescribed drugs

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 adults sicker in U.S. than other countries

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.

Hand-hygiene strategies for healthcare workers--what really works?

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.

Optimize patient flow: The key to reducing readmissions

Despite many hospital's efforts to reduce readmissions, penalties for excessive readmissions reached an all-time high this year. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid will levy fines to 2,610...

Nurses under-report violence, saying it's a "waste of time"

Workplace violence against healthcare workers could be even more prevalent than previously thought, with surveys indicating incidents of violence are massively under-reported.

Keep HIPAA practices in mind in face of Ebola

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.

Despite heavy presence in management, women underrepresented as hospital CEOs

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.