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Josie's Story Teaches Hospitals How to Become Safer
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
Almost 10 years ago, the healthcare industry found that it might not be as safe as it thought. It was then that the Institute of Medicine released To Err Is Human, which noted that each year a million or more hospitalized patients are injured and as many as 98,000 die as a result of errors in their care. Numerous reports, testimonies, and articles have examined the issue, but one aspect seemed to be initially missing from the discussion: Real people and real faces behind the statistics. [Read More]
    
 
Sept. 3, 2009
 
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Retail Clinics Providing Similar Quality of Care as EDs, Physicians' Offices
Retail medical clinics are becoming common in many cities and towns. The clinics, popular for their lower prices, can provide quality care comparable to that offered in physicians' offices, urgent care centers, or hospital emergency departments, according to two separate studies from RAND. [Read More]

Hospital Uses EMRs to Avoid Drug Errors
In 2008, Linda Severson, RN, was called into her superintendent's office after the facility had experienced a near miss pertaining to look alike/sound alike drugs. He asked her if there was anything she could do to prevent this kind of problem from happening again. In response, Severson, who works at Cherokee (IA) Mental Health Institute, took matters into her own hands and changed the institute's computer system settings for all look alike/sound alike drugs so that they show up differently than the rest by default. [Read More]

Ask Your Staff About These Three Life Safety Issues
While they may look like common, innocuous problems to you, The Joint Commission life safety specialists may take a decidedly stricter view. Corridor clutter, damaged fire rated doors, and unsealed penetrations in rated barriers are three pieces of low hanging fruit that life safety specialists will target. The risk is real: In 2008, two fire safety related requirements made The Joint Commission's top 10 list of cited standards in accredited hospitals. [Read More]

Most Hospitals Working Toward Creating Strong Cultures of Safety
Thirty one state attorneys general sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, which highlighted the alleged weaknesses of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Five Star Quality Rating System for nursing homes and requested the feds suspend, or revise, the system. [Read More]
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