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  1. 45% of hospitals have electronic surveillance systems to spot infections

    Many hospitals use electronic surveillance systems to comb through patient EHRs, lab and pharmacy reports and additional data to figure out whether a patient has developed an infection from hospital care, according to a Bloomberg Businessweek report.  By Shannon Barnet -
  2. Michigan healthcare officials decide to limit public information on hospital infections

    A meeting between Michigan state health officials and health industry representatives ended in the decision to not increase hospital infection transparency in the state, according to a recent MLive report.  By Shannon Barnet -
  3. 5 stories on CAUTI, CLABSI reduction and treatment

    Central-line associated bloodstream infections and catheter-associated urinary tract infections are two of the major hospital-acquired conditions hospitals can be punished for through the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program. The program, set up by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, lowers the Medicare payments of hospitals that have high rates of these infections.  By Shannon Barnet -

Socioeconomic factors and readmissions

In this podcast, David Foster and Brian Waterman of Truven Health discuss socioeconomic factors related to readmissions, and how access to data can help achieve and maintain organization-wide improvements.
  1. The 5 states most prepared for infectious disease outbreaks

    Half of the states in the U.S. and Washington, D.C., are ill-equipped to prevent, detect, diagnose and respond to an outbreak of an infectious disease, according to a report from Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. By Heather Punke -
  2. AORN updates perioperative guidelines: 5 things to know

    The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses is releasing the 2015 edition of the Guidelines for Perioperative Practice in January and it includes revised and new evidence-based guidelines for several topics.  By Heather Punke -
  3. High-dose flu vaccine better for the elderly, study shows

    For elderly people in long-term care facilities, the high-dose flu vaccine is better at boosting their immune response to the flu, according to a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study. By Heather Punke -
  4. Can hugs keep people healthy? Study suggests yes

    The simple act of a hug can help protect people against stress and infection, according to coverage of new research from Carnegie Mellon University. By Heather Punke -
  1. What drives a patient to report a medical error?

    A recent survey of adults in Massachusetts showed 23% had experienced a medical error or someone close to them did — but just 54 percent of those people reported the medical error to someone.  By Heather Punke -
  2. Eskenazi Health to reduce readmissions with free food for seniors

    To keep seniors healthy after a hospital stay, Indianapolis-based Eskenazi Health has partnered with Meals on Wheels to provide patients 60 and older with two weeks of free food, according to an Indy Star report.  By Shannon Barnet -
  3. 1 key take away from the Ebola outbreak: We can do better

    If there is just one key take-away from the largest Ebola outbreak in history — that, it should be noted, is still ongoing — it is this: the stark disparity in healthcare infrastructure and the ability to improve. By Heather Punke -
  4. NIH cancels children's study 10 years in

    For the past 10 years, the National Institutes of Health has been funding a study following 100,000 children from birth to age 21 to track the effects of environmental and biological factors on their health.  By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  1. 23% of Massachusetts adults experienced a medical error, survey finds

    In a Massachusetts statewide survey, 23 percent of respondents reported being personally involved in a medical error in the past five years — and more than half resulted in a patient harm. By Heather Punke -
  2. NHL teams cancel hospital holiday visits over mumps outbreak

    As mumps continues to spread to NHL players on multiple teams, many teams have changed their public appearances, including planned holiday visits to hospitals, according to the USA TODAY. By Heather Punke -
  3. ECRI Institute redesigns its website

    The ECRI Institute has launched its new redesigned website that it bills as faster and allowing easier access to its patient safety guidance, tools and education. By Heather Punke -
  4. How Dartmouth-Hitchcock cut sepsis mortality in half

    Concerned about the nation's high mortality rate for sepsis, a team at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Lebanon, N.H., focused on early detection and rapid delivery of care for sepsis patients and was able to double their chance of survival. By Heather Punke -
  5. Could vitamin E protect against pneumonia?

    In a recent study, extra vitamin E helped mice stay protected from a bacterial infection that causes pneumonia, and researchers are hopeful these findings can be extrapolated out to humans. By Heather Punke -
  6. Blood transfusion-related complications more common than reported

    The number one and two causes of blood transfusion-associated deaths in the U.S., transfusion-related acute lung injury and transfusion-related circulatory overload, may be more common or more risky than previously reported, according to two studies published in the January issue of Anesthesiology. By Heather Punke -
  7. Flu outbreaks cause US hospitals to restrict visiting hours

    Hospitals across the nation are seeking to contain the spread of the flu within their walls by restricting who can visit patients in the hospital and when. By Heather Punke -
  8. Patients don't understand the risks of unnecessary antibiotics

    Overprescribing of antibiotics is one of the main driving factors of antibiotic resistance — which is on the rise and could lead to a post-antibiotic era in the 21st century — but patients do not understand the risks of overprescribing antibiotics and the effect it can have on antibiotic-resistance and the state of healthcare as a whole, according to a recent survey. By Heather Punke -
  9. Danger of morcellators highlights grave issues with FDA approval process

    Uncovering the dangers associated with a common surgical tool poses a question: Why is the FDA still following a 1976 process that systematically approves devices based on similarity to other devices instead of evaluating each individual device based on safety? By Tamara Rosin -

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