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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The Joint Commission is proposing a new 2014 national patient safety goal--alarm management.
A year after Medicare and The Joint Commission rules on visitation rights went into effect, many hospitals are still struggling to meet regulations that allow patients to choose who visits them regardless of whether the visitor is a family member, spouse, domestic partner or any other visitor.
The Joint Commission yesterday warned hospitals about the dangers of using opioids on inpatients, calling for greater staff education particularly on opioid analgesics, which are most commonly associated with adverse drug events.