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Patient Safety

  • Surgeon-in-Training Report Cards Can Help Reduce Blood Clots in Hospitalized Patients
    A study of general surgery residents at The Johns Hopkins Hospital suggests that in the efforts to prevent dangerous blood clots among hospitalized patients, regular, one-on-one feedback and written report cards work a lot better than the usual group lectures that newly ...More
    December 10, 2015 Posted in News
  • Hospital Safety Culture is Critical in Improving Surgical Results
    To achieve better results for surgical patients, hospitals tend to focus on technical issues like surgeons’ skills and operating room equipment.  However, a non-technical factor, the so-called “safety culture,” may be equally important in delivering ...More
    December 9, 2015 Posted in News
  • Joint Commission Launches Campaign to Reduce Readmissions
    The Joint Commission has developed two new resources to help healthcare providers in their efforts to reduce patient readmissions and improve the discharge process. The resources are a new Speak Up campaign for providers and organizations to educate patients, including an ...More
    December 2, 2015 Posted in News
  • National Patient Safety Foundation Supports Mandatory Flu Vaccine for Healthcare Workers
    The National Patient Safety Foundation has re-issued a position statement initially released in 2009 in support of mandatory influenza vaccination for healthcare workers. The statement reads as follows: "The National Patient Safety Foundation recognizes vaccine-preventable ...More
    November 12, 2015 Posted in News
  • Study Indicates Too Much Foot Traffic In and Out of Operating Rooms
    A "secret shopper" style study by researchers at Johns Hopkins analyzing foot traffic in and out of operating rooms (ORs) suggests that for the sake of patient safety, OR teams may want to stay put more often. For the study, published online Nov. 11 in the journal ...More
    November 12, 2015 Posted in News
  • CDC and HRET Join Forces to Protect Patients, Reduce Hospital Infections
    The Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) of the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are launching a three-year initiative to improve the implementation of infection prevention and control efforts in U.S. ...More
    November 12, 2015 Posted in News
  • CDC Challenges Hospitals to Find Better Ways to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Blood Clots
    To identify best practices and to increase use of strategies to prevent healthcare-associated blood clots, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today launched a challenge designed to find, honor and recognize hospitals, multi-hospital systems, hospital networks, ...More
    November 4, 2015 Posted in News