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  1. 45 hospitals with the quietest patient rooms

    The following is a list of hospitals for which 89 percent or more of patients reported that the area around their room was "always" quiet at night on their HCAHPS survey.  By Shannon Barnet -
  2. Man dies from Lassa fever in New Jersey: 5 things to know

    A man who returned to New Jersey after a visit to Liberia has died from Lassa fever, a viral disease with similar symptoms to Ebola. Here are five things to know about the case and the disease itself. By Heather Punke -
  3. Patient Safety Movement tackles preventable patient deaths with innovation contest

    Patient Safety Movement Foundation founder Joe Kiani announced the organization is awarding three prizes for advocates with innovative processes or products that will help eliminate preventable patient deaths, according to a Digital Journal report.  By Shannon Barnet -

Clinical mobility: Improving EHR access  

Are your clinicians overburdened with using different technologies and interfaces to interact with your EHR systems, and with finding ways to effectively communicate with others as part of a collaborative care team?
  1. How HAIs lead to direct, indirect and unintended hospital costs

    Roughly 1.7 million hospital-associated infections occur annually in acute-care hospitals which result in tens of thousands of patient deaths and cost billions of dollars to the healthcare system.  By Staff -
  2. Higher post-acute care costs linked with lower survival rates in study

    Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., have linked higher spending on post-acute care in skilled nursing facilities to lower patient survival rates in a recent study.  By Shannon Barnet -
  3. 5 best, worst states for senior citizen health

    Estimates suggest that by 2050, the number of Americans age 65 and older will have doubled, making the focus on healthy behaviors and community support for an aging population crucial, according to a recent United Health Foundation report.  By Shannon Barnet -
  4. Study analyzes prevalence of postoperative Staph joint infections: 5 findings

    The prevalence of postoperative invasive Staphylococcus aureus and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections in patients who have undergone knee or hip prostheses was examined in a recent study.  By Shannon Barnet -

Creating value and gaining buy-in

Patient safety, patient experience, and innovation demands mean that talent is more important than ever. Building a more efficient and effective approach to selecting the right candidates is one way for HR to make a direct contribution to the organization's broader goals and bottom line.
  1. Hospitals get creative to continuously monitor patients: 3 tools, technologies

    New early-warning tools and technologies have emerged in recent years to help hospitals monitor patients for subtle but dangerous signs of a worsening condition, according to The Wall Street Journal.  By Shannon Barnet -
  2. Dartmouth-Hitchcock to give safety officers new tool to quell dangerous patients

    Lebanon, N.H.-based Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center has purchased 18 new "nonlethal devices" that are equipped with a digital camera, laser pointer, siren, strobe light and pepper gel, according to a Valley News report. By Heather Punke -
  3. Northwest Medical Center fined for ED delays, putting patients at risk

    Tucson, Ariz.-based Northwest Medical Center has paid civil penalties of $1,750 for delays in the emergency department and for putting patients at risk for "outcomes of harm" because they left before being evaluated by a primary care provider, according to a report from the Arizona Daily Star. By Heather Punke -
  4. GOJO named Champion of Change by Practice Greenhealth

    GOJO, the inventor of Purell, received the 2015 Champion of Change Award from Practice Greenhealth, recognizing its success in greening its internal operations and helping its customers achieve sustainable practices. By Heather Punke -
  1. The underrated piece of patient experience: The hospital pharmacy

    Healthcare leaders are dissecting nearly every aspect of the patient experience to better understand it and deliver true value. Pharmacy is one of the last departments to come up in these conversations, if it ever does, but a closer look reveals that pharmacy touches nearly every aspect of a hospital's operations and care delivery system. By Carrie Pallardy -
  2. Top 10 infection control stories, May 18-22

    Surgical site infections, banning low-volume surgeries and nurse-centric stories piqued the interest of infection control and clinical quality readers last week. By Heather Punke -
  3. 10 clinical research findings to know this week

    Here are 10 articles on medical research study findings from the week of May 18.  By Shannon Barnet -
  4. Physician groups pen letter to FDA urging transparency in biosimilar labeling

    Eight physician groups have sent a letter to U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Ostroff, MD, to highlight the importance of ensuring patient safety by requiring transparency with biosimilar product labels.  By Shannon Barnet -
  5. Re-engineered antibiotic may combat resistant bacteria

    Researchers and scientists at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Chicago have developed a second-generation antibiotic that may combat common drug-resistant bacterial infections.  By Shannon Barnet -
  6. Study suggests infections can impair IQ: 6 findings

    Infections of the stomach, urinary tract or skin may affect a person's cognitive abilities and IQ, according to a recent Danish study.  By Shannon Barnet -
  7. FDA knew infection risks of duodenoscopes years prior to recent outbreaks

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration knew roughly six years ago that duodenoscopes posed a risk for harboring organisms and spreading infections, according to a USA Today investigation and report. By Heather Punke -
  8. 6 recent stories, studies on sepsis

    Here are six stories and studies on sepsis that have been covered by Becker's Hospital Review in the last four months, beginning with the most recent.  By Heather Punke -
  9. Man shoots blood at nurses in Minnesota hospital

    A group of nurses at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, Minn., are undergoing testing after a patient repeatedly shot his blood at them using a syringe, according to a KARE11 report. By Heather Punke -

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