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Hospital ICUs should reconsider use of harmful patient restraints

Hospitals should reconsider whether physical restraints are a good tool to use, especially in the intensive care unit as they could be ineffective or harmful in some situations, writes author Ravi Parikh in an article in  The Atlantic.

Patient safety incident could cost Texas hospital government funding

A Texas hospital could lose government funding going forward as a result of putting a patient in "immediate jeopardy" of harm, although the details of the case weren't released,  The Dallas Morning News  reported.

Small practices keep more patients out of the hospital, study finds

The healthcare industry often considers small physician practices the underdogs when it comes to having the resources to put robust systems into place, but a new study published in  Health Affairs  suggests that offices with fewer doctors provide higher-quality care.

Hospitals around the world take extra precautions against Ebola

As concerns increase over the Ebola outbreak, hospitals across the globe take precautions that go beyond experts' recommendations, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Medical errors up 70% in Massachusetts while patient safety improves nationwide

Massachusetts acute care hospitals saw a 70 percent jump in serious medical errors and patient injuries in 2013, an increase health officials attribute to expanded definitions of what constitutes medical harm, the  Boston Globe  reported.

Admitting privileges laws open new front in abortion battle

The next legal front in the abortion debate is flurry of state legislation requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at area hospitals, Kaiser Health News reports.

Docs skeptical about online medical auction sites

Patients may find cheaper deals for surgery and other medical procedures online, but physicians worry that the practice may hold patient safety risks, reports  Kaiser Health News.

Guidebook offers action plan to address alarm fatigue

The ECRI has issued a guidebook to help hospitals address what the institute has deemed a top health technology hazard, alarm fatigue.

4 unexpected patient safety hazards

As providers in the United States focus on patient-centered healthcare, the importance of patient safety increases. Some threats to patient safety are obvious, such as preventable medical errors, hospital-acquired infections and hospital violence. But these more obvious examples are far from the only obstacles to a safe patient population. To improve outcomes, healthcare leaders must consider other, less expected threats.  FierceHealthcare  breaks down four of these patient safety hazards 

Patients remain in danger from preventable errors

Patients today are no safer from harm caused by preventable errors than they were 15 years ago, a leading healthcare expert testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging Thursday.