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  1. 10 clinical research findings to know this week

    Here are 10 articles on medical research study findings from the week of Aug. 24.  By Shannon Barnet -
  2. Why healthcare providers need to put the patient first

    The U.S. Supreme Court decision affirming the Affordable Care Act (ACA) didn't just strengthen health insurance for 16 million Americans, it also promotes two trends that have been gaining increasing momentum in healthcare: the consumerism and value-based care that extends care outside the walls of a clinic or hospital.  By Joshua Newman, M.D., M.S.H.S., chief medical officer, Salesforce -
  3. Utah resident dies from plague, becomes fourth death in US this year

    Utah public health officials have confirmed that an elderly Utah resident has died from plague. That takes the total number of plague cases in the U.S. up to 12 for the year and is the nation's fourth plague death in 2015. By Heather Punke -

Practical approaches to patient pre-op prep

Having the right approach to patient preparation for surgery can reduce cancellations and delays in the surgery schedule, boost O.R. efficiency and case throughput, and ultimately enhance patient safety, metrics and surgeon satisfaction.
  1. Antibiotic use linked to Type 2 diabetes risk

    People who have Type 2 diabetes tended to take more antibiotics than people who do not have Type 2 diabetes in the years prior to being diagnosed, according to research from Denmark covered by HealthDay. By Heather Punke -
  2. Ninth grader explains appendix's role in combating infections in award-winning video

    Fifteen-year-old Paige Bebee just won the 2015 University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Eureka science prize for a short video she created explaining the origin of the appendix and dispelling the myth that the organ is useless, Bustle reported.  By Shannon Barnet -
  3. What's really behind lower hospital readmission rates: Quality improvement or cheating?

    Hospital readmissions among Medicare patients may be on the decline, but a recent Health Affairs Blog post calls into question whether the recent drop is due to advances in care and patient safety or a gaming of the system.  By Shannon Barnet -
  4. CDC updates guidelines for Ebola PPE

    The CDC has issued new, clarified guidelines regarding personal protective equipment for those caring for suspected and confirmed Ebola patients.  By Shannon Barnet -

Who's raising your patients' expectations?

The consumer technology revolution has changed the world, and with it your patients’ lives and their expectations. As a result, patients have been conditioned to expect frictionless, modern, digital experiences in every aspect of their life, including their care.
  1. HealthTrust awards Boston Medical Center innovation grant

    Brentwood, TN-based HealthTrust announced in a press release that Boston Medical Center received the HealthTrust 2015 Innovative Grant.  By Staff -
  2. National hospital organizations criticize CMS sepsis management measure

    Four national hospital organizations have sent CMS a letter, urging the federal agency to suspend plans to implement an inpatient quality reporting measure for severe sepsis and septic shock management on Oct. 1, according to an AHA News Now report.  By Shannon Barnet -
  3. Hazmat situation at Holy Cross Hospital puts 2 workers under observation

    Taos, N.M.-based Holy Cross Hospital encountered a hazardous materials incident in its emergency department that caused the temporary evacuation of the ED and left two workers under observation. By Heather Punke -
  4. Seattle Children's warns patients of possible infection after sterilization issue discovered at clinic

    Seattle Children's Hospital recently discovered a sterilization issue at its Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center and is warning patients of the possibility of infection.  By Heather Punke -

Building the perioperative workplace of the future

Ensure your hospital is taking strategic steps to recruit, retain, and develop a strong perioperative nursing team. Learn four strategies from industry expert, AORN, for designing an advanced perioperative nursing program.
  1. Hand sanitizer use: What spots are missed most often by healthcare workers?

    Healthcare workers can follow all of the World Health Organization's recommended hand hygiene steps for using alcohol-based hand rub, but still make mistakes and miss some areas of their hands, according to a study published in American Journal of Infection Control.  By Shannon Barnet -
  2. Rapid test results affect antibiotic selection for staph infections: 3 study findings

    Researchers examined whether having rapid molecular results of Staphylococcus aureus tests available in real-time would impact the antimicrobial selection of emergency department clinicians in a recent study published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.  By Shannon Barnet -
  3. 5 things to know about The Carolinas Anesthesiology 2015 Annual Meeting

    The North Carolina Society of Anesthesiologists provides The Carolinas Anesthesiology 2015 Annual Meeting.   By Staff -
  4. 11 medical societies, healthcare organizations that form the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis

    To address diagnostic errors in medicine, 11 major medical societies and healthcare organizations have collaborated to form the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis.  By Shannon Barnet -
  5. Increased travel burden linked with decreased likelihood of receiving chemotherapy

    Perhaps not surprisingly, cancer patients who have to travel further to receive chemotherapy are less likely to do so, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.  By Shannon Barnet -
  6. Sierra Leone celebrates release of last Ebola case, end of outbreak

    For the first time in more than a year, there are no people in Sierra Leone being treated for Ebola virus disease and no confirmed cases of the virus, according to the World Health Organization.  By Shannon Barnet -
  7. Cameras in operating rooms could improve patient safety

    An increased amount of individuals are advocating for the widespread use of cameras in operating rooms to combat the estimated 400,000 people a year in the United States who die because of preventable medical errors, according to The Washington Post. By Erin Marshall -
  8. CDC confirms 11 plague cases since April: 5 things to know

    There have been 11 cases of human plague in the U.S. since April 1, according to the CDC. Here are five things to know about plague in the U.S.  By Heather Punke -
  9. Nearly 100 sick as mumps outbreak at University of Illinois worsens

    There have been 98 confirmed cases of mumps related to an outbreak at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, according to a report from The News-Gazette. By Heather Punke -

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