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Hospitals must take proactive approach against violence

Hospital violence is on the rise, but healthcare leaders face the difficult task of taking measures to prevent it without compromising the open, healing environment of their organizations. The key, according to an article by  StatNews,  is to develop effective strategies that go beyond simply reacting to individual incidents. 

6 steps to prevent injuries from falls

A new Joint Commission alert details six actions healthcare facilities should take to prevent falls resulting in injury. 

Joint Commission: Evidence-based care reaps positive results

Evidence-based care is taking hold at more and more hospitals, according to the Joint Commission's 2014 annual report, "America's Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety."

Joint Commission protocol reduced patient falls by 35%

Seven hospitals throughout the country, following the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare's Preventing Falls with Injury project, reduced the number of patients injured in a fall by 62 percent and the number of patients falling by 35 percent, according to an announcement from the Joint Commission.

3 steps to make hospital alarms safer, more effective

Technical failure and alarm fatigue continue to plague hospitals but three steps are all that organizations need to take to make alarms safer and more effective, according to an opinion piece published in the  Journal of the American Medical Association.

Monitor adjustments reduce alarm fatigue at Boston hospital

In an effort to combat alarm fatigue, Boston Medical Center reduced its weekly audible cardiac alarm rate by 89 percent, increasing both patient and staff satisfaction, according to a new study in the  Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.

Patient safety goal aims to end clinical alarm fatigue

In an effort to make clinical alarm systems safer, the Joint Commission issued a new National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG), which requires accredited hospitals and critical access hospitals to improve their systems.

Joint Commission: Be on alert for retained foreign objects

In an effort to protect both patients and hospitals against the negative physical, emotional and financial consequences of unintended retention of foreign objects (URFOs), The Joint Commission released a new sentinel event alert that advises hospitals on how to decrease the number of these incidents.

Hospitals have had it with misbehaving docs

Hospitals are cracking down on a problem that has been troublesome for years--abusive and angry behavior by doctors towards nurses, trainings, colleagues and other medical staff, according to Kaiser Health News.

Joint Commission proposes alarm management as national safety goal

The Joint Commission is proposing a new 2014 national patient safety goal--alarm management.