Collaboration among Kansas hospitals successfully reduced central line-associated bloodstream infections by 79 percent over two years, according to the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative.
The National Quality Forum (NQF) yesterday endorsed 14 patient safety measures focused on reducing complications such as medication errors, wrong-site surgery and patient burns, the nonprofit organization announced.
As FierceHealthcare reported last week, hospitals got new safety report cards from the Leapfrog Group, with almost half of the facilities earning a C or below. What was surprising was that some of...
Hospitals are getting new safety report cards from the Leapfrog Group, which gave more than 2,600 facilities an A, B, C, D or F for how well they keep patients safe from infections, injuries and errors. But despite outstanding reputations for quality, some of the most renowned hospitals scored poorly for patient safety.
Kaiser and the University of California, San Diego Medical Center, are among the 13 California hospitals facing a combined $825,000 in fines for risking patient safety, including leaving foreign objects in surgical patients and a case of sexual misconduct.
A study in published in the Archives of Surgery uncovered more evidence that sleepy surgeons are a threat to patient safety--and the news is making its way through the mainstream media (and reaching your patients). On average, a surgical resident gets 5.3 hours of sleep a day, according to a study of orthopedic surgical residents at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital, with some residents only getting 2.8 hours a night. What's even more alarming is that during a quarter of their waking hours, surgical residents' fatigue is akin to being legally drunk, meaning that they are functioning at 70% mental effectiveness (correlating with a blood alcohol level of 0.08%). We wouldn't let a drunk physician into the operating room. Why would we tolerate a sleepy surgeon?
Providers who communicate well also do a better job at keeping their patients safe, suggests new research from HealthGrades.
Fatigued residents have a 22 percent greater risk of causing a medical error than alert, well-rested doctors, according to a new study, which found surgeons were tired half of their waking hours, operating on less than 80 percent mental effectiveness. What's more, a quarter of the time their fatigue was tantamount to being legally drunk.
Patient safety experts and celebrities are calling for an independent agency modeled after the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to better protect patients, American Medical News reported....
There has been a major improvement in the ability of hospital computerized physician order (CPOE) systems to detect medication errors, according to the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization that