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6 must-know strategies to build a safer hospital

There's no room for doubt that the healthcare industry needs to improve patient safety, Robert Wachter, M.D., told the audience at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's recent forum on the issue--and he has a few ideas about how to go about it.

Respect: The key to patient safety and preventing medical errors

A new Consumer Reports survey polled 1,200 people who were hospitalized in the last six months and found that those who rarely felt respected by healthcare workers were two and a half times more likely to fall victim to a medical error than those who reported they were treated well.  

Brookings roadmap outlines UDI implementation

While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's plan for a Unique Device Identifier (UDI) system represents a "landmark step" toward improving patient safety and post-market surveillance, implementing it effectively won't be easy. To help with that, the Brookings Institution has published a new research paper presenting a roadmap for implementing such a system.

3 great medical error reduction talks

Medical errors are one of the foremost issues in modern healthcare; a report last year found they are the third-leading cause of death in the United States, far more than the estimates in the 1999 Institute of Medicine report, "To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System." But what can healthcare providers and individual healthcare workers do to reduce these errors and address the cultural issues that allow them to continue?  FierceHealthcare  found three great talks on YouTube that uncover some of the secrets to medical error reduction.

National Patient Safety Board necessary to prevent patient deaths

Improving the accessibility of medical records, increasing accountability for clinicians and creating a National Patient Safety Board are all necessary to steps to reduce preventable hospital deaths, John T. James, Ph.D., a patient safety advocate, told  West Health  in a recent interview.

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.

Dallas hospital removed from immediate jeopardy after making patient safety changes

Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas is now in compliance with Medicare regulations and its federal funding is no longer in jeopardy, according to the Associated Press.

Team-based approach cuts alarm fatigue by 80 percent

A standardized, team-based approach could dramatically cut the use of cardiac monitor alarms and reduce alarm fatigue--a top health technology hazard and hospital patient safety concern, according to a study published in  Pediatrics.  

Despite hospital safety process improvements, outcomes backslide

The fall 2014 update to Leapfrog's Hospital Safety Score reveals a mixed bag of news about U.S. hospitals. Overall, of the 2,520 hospitals scored, 790 earned an "A," 688 earned a "B," 868 earned a "C," 148 earned a "D" and 26 earned an "F." In addition, several states moved up into the "A" rankings, including Wisconsin, Florida, Virginia and New Jersey, according to an announcement.

4 goals of the federal Health IT Safety Center

Goals for the new federal health Information technology safety center, an idea initially proposed by the Institute of Medicine in a report published in November 2011, are outlined in a new article published this week the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.