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  • Hospital Comparison Web Site May Not Help Patients Identify the Best Place to Have High-Risk Surgery
    Information available on a government Web site designed to help patients choose high-quality hospitals does not appear to help Medicare beneficiaries identify facilities with better outcomes for high-risk surgeries, according to a report in the October issue of Archives of ...More
    October 18, 2010 Posted in News
  • Professional Liability Costs for Hospitals Continue to Rise
    Hospitals and physicians should prepare for increasing liability costs, according to the 2010 Hospital Professional Liability and Physician Liability Benchmark Analysis created by Aon Risk Solutions, the global risk management business of Aon Corporation, in conjunction ...More
    October 13, 2010 Posted in News
  • NQF Invites Comments on HAI Project
    The National Quality Forum (NQF) announces that the first draft report of the Patient Safety Measures project focusing on healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) measures is now available for public and member comment. NQF launched the Patient Safety Measures project to ...More
    October 11, 2010 Posted in News
  • GE Healthcare's Smart Patient Room to Begin Data Collection
    GE Healthcare announced today that the Smart Patient Room pilot at Bassett Medical Center has been approved by the site’s Institutional Review Board to begin data collection. The innovative technology solution was installed as part of GE’s healthymagination initiative with ...More
    October 8, 2010 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • VA's Adverse Medical Events Disclosure Policy is Lauded
    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) policy on disclosure of adverse medical events was praised as a "valuable resource for all healthcare institutions" in an article in a recent issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. "At VA we strive every day to deliver superior ...More
    October 6, 2010 Posted in News
  • Plan Now for Perioperative Nurse Week 2010
    The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) reminds everyone that Perioperative Nurse Week, scheduled for Nov 8-14, 2010, is a time to recognize and honor perioperative nurses for their important role and commitment to safe patient care. The theme of this ...More
    October 4, 2010 Posted in News
  • Fighting Fire in the Operating Room
    October is National Fire Prevention Month – a time when perioperative professionals review policies on fire safety, educate staff, conduct mock fire drills and overall, ramp up awareness of prevention and management methods for surgical fires in the operating room. With the ...More
    October 4, 2010 Posted in News
  • Building a Safer Unit: Using Proven Methodologies to Plan and Implement Change
    Taking a vision for systemic change and turning it into reality is like building a home. Once the plans are decided upon, a foundation and framework must be constructed in order for the house to stand on its own. Similarly, when implementing sustained, system-wide change ...More
    October 1, 2010 Posted in Articles
  • Patient Participation in Hand Hygiene Faces Obstacles, Including Healthcare Worker Annoyance
    Although healthcare workers say that patient participation in hand hygiene protocols would be helpful, about one-third of these healthcare professionals admit that they would not like to be reminded by patients to wash their hands, reports researcher Yves Longtin, MD, of ...More
    September 16, 2010 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • GE Healthcare's Smart Patient Room Helps Monitor Hand Hygiene Compliance
    GE Healthcare announces that the Smart Patient Room pilot at Bassett Medical Center in New York has been approved by the site's Institutional Review Board to begin data collection. The innovative technology solution was installed as part of GE's healthymagination initiative ...More
    September 16, 2010 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene