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OSHA launches worker-patient safety resource for hospitals

A new Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) educational resource aims to help hospitals promote worker and patient safety, and assess safety needs, according to  EHS Today. 

U.S. News to tweak hospital-ranking methodology

In the wake of critisicm over flaws in the criteria it uses for its best hospital rankings,  U.S. News & World Report will make several changes to its methodology, according to a post on its Second Opinions blog.

Strategies to prevent med reconciliation breakdowns

Pennsylvania hospitals saw more than 500 breakdowns in the medication reconciliation process between November 2011 and November 2012, according to the December issue of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory.

Is electronic medication management in ambulatory care safe?

There's been little study of the safety implications of electronic medication management in ambulatory care, according to research published at BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. In a...

Workflow interruptions pose threat to patient safety, job satisfaction

Interruptions in a hospital's workflow pose a threat to both job satisfaction and patient safety, according to a column in The Hospitalist.

ONC issues guidance on reporting HIT-related safety issues

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has issued guidance to help healthcare workers connect a clinical mishap or unsafe condition that could be related to an electronic health record.

Drug-tracking bill sent to Obama's desk

The Senate has sent a bill to electronically track drugs and boost oversight of compounding pharmacies to President Obama, who is expected to sign it. The House passed the measure in September. The legislation calls on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to develop an electronic system for tracking pharmaceuticals "from manufacturing to distribution."

5 Fierce patient safety videos

Patient engagement through social media, which can work wonders for a hospital's public image and YouTube, which has already proved useful in spreading the word about infection prevention, is fertile ground for promoting patient safety.

Sleep-deprived surgeons don't increase patient safety risks

Lack of sleep among surgeons does not increase the risk of adverse patient outcomes, according to a new study published in the  Journal of the American Medical Association.

Hospitals question Leapfrog survey accuracy, scores

Hospitals around the country called into question Leapfrog Group's most recent hospital scorecard ratings, after several top hospitals that didn't fill out the organization's patient safety survey saw a drop in their rankings.