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Hospital leaders: Focus on these areas to improve patient safety

To improve patient safety, hospital leaders should hone in on four key areas, including infection control, preventing patient falls and safety-based design.

Healthcare miscommunication cost $1.7B--and nearly 2,000 lives

Here's one more reason why physician practices and hospitals must make it a goal to improve communications: new research shows poor communication has a body count of more than 1,700.

Alternate explanation for 'weekend effect' emerges

Weekend hospital admissions from medical emergencies include older and more "functionally dependent" patients than weekday admissions, which could explain why weekend admission increases the chance of dying within 30 days, according to a new study published in the Emergency Medicine Journal.

Hospital boards should put more focus on patient safety

Although hospital boards understand finances, a leading patient safety expert says they lack education about safety issues

Malpractice claims against nurses on the rise

Malpractice claims against nurses have increased in recent years, according to a new report published by the Nurses Service Organization.

Massachusetts hospitals must now document when surgeons enter, leave OR

Amid an ongoing debate over concurrent surgeries' effect on patient safety, Massachusetts has imposed a requirement that surgeons document each entrance and exit from the operating room, according to The Boston Globe.

Interdepartmental cooperation key to lowering sepsis mortality rates

Early detection of sepsis can improve patient outcomes and lower costs associated with the deadly condition, but this requires a concerted effort from all hospital departments, Institute for Healthcare Improvement Vice President Andrea Kabcenell, R.N., said in an interview with Hospitals & Health Networks.  

Scope-linked superbug outbreak: Report blames feds, manufacturers, hospitals

The outbreak of deadly bacterial infections linked to contaminated medical scopes was worse than initially reported and due to numerous oversights and reporting failures by scope manufacturers, regulators and hospitals, according to a new U.S. Senate report.

Hospitals take action to address alarm fatigue

Hospitals have been developing new safety procedures to address "alarm fatigue" in time for the Joint Commission's January 2016 deadline to do so.

Critics continue pounding 21st Century Cures Act for threatening patient safety

Opponents of the 21st Century Cures Act, which is intended to accelerate the transfer of scientific advances in genetics into treatment for patients, say the legislation will threaten patient safety by easing FDA rules intended to protect patients from unproven therapies, according to  Medical Economics.