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  1. Perspective: How to apply financial principles to quality and safety efforts

    People in the healthcare industry all know that safety should be a top priority of hospitals, but many organizations don't have the infrastructure to actually support that goal, according to a column in The Wall Street Journal.  By Shannon Barnet -
  2. Does patient monitoring really improve patient safety?

    Patient surveillance — including detecting and reporting changes in vital signs — may make a big difference in improving patient outcomes, according to a whitepaper published by patient monitoring services company Isansys.  By Shannon Barnet -
  3. Spring cleaning: Mayo Clinic deals with dust, resumes surgeries

    After canceling 30 to 40 surgeries last week due to a dust problem, Mayo Clinic Health System announced Thursday it is back on track to resume operations normally in the next two weeks, according to WXOW News.  By Emily Rappleye -

Slashing employee health plan costs

Controlling health insurance costs is one of the most challenging issues today for business leaders. The latest cost-reduction strategies from MedHQ can help healthcare businesses lower their annual healthcare costs – and keep employees healthier.
  1. 11 clinical research findings to know this week

    Here are 11 articles on medical research study findings from the week of March 23.  By Shannon Barnet -
  2. Loyola infection prevention initiative and medical director to win APIC award

    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology will recognize Jorge Parada, MD, hospital epidemiologist and medical director of the Infection Prevention and Control Program at Maywood, Ill.-based Loyola University Health System with the Implementation Science Award.  By Shannon Barnet -
  3. Valley Health System promotes Tina Lesser to corporate director of quality, patient safety

    Tina Lesser, RN, has been promoted to corporate director of quality and patient safety for Holyoke, Mass.-based Valley Health Systems, the parent company of Holyoke Medical Center, according a report from The Recorder.  By Shannon Barnet -
  4. NIH: Condition of US patient being treated for Ebola improves

    According to physicians from the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md., the condition of the U.S. patient with Ebola virus disease has improved from critical to serious.  By Shannon Barnet -

Engagement with community physicians

For most hospitals, the referral process is complex and inefficient, creating dissatisfaction for community physicians and patients alike. Improving that process can make a huge difference not only in satisfaction, but in referral preferences.
  1. Olympus issues urgent update on how to clean scopes linked to CRE outbreak

    Olympus America — maker of the duodenoscopes that have been linked with two recent "superbug" outbreaks in California hospitals — has issued an urgent safety notification with new cleaning instructions for the medical devices.  By Shannon Barnet -
  2. AAAHC: New guidelines for ambulatory surgery on obese patients

    The AAAHC Institute for Quality Improvement has released a new toolkit on how to prevent complications during and after surgery on obese patients in ambulatory settings. By Heather Punke -
  3. 7 common traits of a successful OR and how to achieve them

    In the era of falling payments and rising quality expectations, perioperative services are absolutely critical to a hospital's success. In fact, perioperative services account for more than 68 percent of better performing hospitals' revenue, according to Jeff Peters, MBA, president and CEO of Surgical Directions, a perioperative consulting firm.  By Emily Rappleye -
  4. Nominations open for the Ansell Cares HERO Nurse Service Award

    Ansell has announced the start of its third annual Ansell Cares Heal, Educate, Reach, Overcome Nurse Service Award, or the Ansell Cares HERO Nurse Service Award. By Heather Punke -
  1. White House to release plan to reduce antibiotic resistance

    The White House has developed a plan to slow the growth of antibiotic resistance over the next five years, and it requires changes from hospitals, physicians and others across industries, according to a Reuters report. By Heather Punke -
  2. Maryland hospitals reduce infections, readmissions and errors

    The recently released Maryland Hospital Association Report on Quality revealed the state's hospitals have reduced many healthcare-associated infections and errors and improved hand hygiene compliance in 2014.  By Shannon Barnet -
  3. Skin cleansing guidelines are changing - Be prepared

    Both the CDC and AORN are changing their preoperative skin cleansing guidelines, according to a whitepaper from Clorox.  By Natalie Leoni -
  4. Tru-D and HealthTrust enter agreement to use disinfection robots

    In a press release, Tru-D SmartUVC LLC announced an agreement to use Tru-D's automated disinfection robots in HealthTrust member hospitals.  By Natalie Leoni -
  5. Improving patient safety saves big bucks, study finds

    A new study from Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based Adventist Health System has underlined just how much money the system saved by improving patient safety.  By Shannon Barnet -
  6. Hospital, health officials respond to Indiana county HIV outbreak 'disaster'

    In a short span of time, the number of individuals infected with HIV has soared in one Indiana county, leading Gov. Mike Pence to declare a public health disaster in the county, according to a Reuters report.  By Shannon Barnet -
  7. HHS supports federal HIV responses with innovative digital storytelling project

    HHS has launched a comprehensive digital tool, called Positive Spin, which uses personal storytelling to promote the treatment of patients with HIV.  By Shannon Barnet -
  8. Sutter hospital to pay $71k for infectious disease safety violations

    Sacramento-based Sutter Health will pay more than $71,000 in fines after a Cal/OSHA investigation found violations at the system's Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland for how to handle patients with infectious diseases, according to a San Francisco Gate report. By Heather Punke -
  9. Bacteria causing UTIs, respiratory infections poised to become resistant

    Research out of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis shows bacteria that frequently cause urinary tract infections and respiratory infections in hospital settings are on the verge of becoming resistant to antibiotics. By Heather Punke -

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