Health Care Quality and Safety
- Can Exoskeletons Reduce Musculoskeletal Disorders in Healthcare Workers?
Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) remain a major concern for workers in the healthcare industry.
- Safer Together: A National Action Plan to Advance Patient Safety
The plan illuminates the collective insights of the 27 member organizations of the National Steering Committee for Patient Safety, convened in 2018 by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and committed to achieving safer care and reducing harm to patients and caregivers.
- Technology underscores value of nursing code of ethics
In a profession continually ranked above all others for honesty and ethics, ongoing discussions about delivering quality care with strong integrity and principles is essential.
- How a certified wound care nurse improves outcomes, reduces costs Having a certified wound care nurse on staff makes a positive difference for both patient care and the bottom line.
- American Nurses Association and National Council of State Boards of Nursing issue updated guidelines for nursing delegation
NCSBN and the ANA have issued new joint National Guidelines on Delegation utilizing new research findings and evidence in the literature to update and standardize the nursing delegation process.
- Certified professional midwives will soon need a license to practice in Michigan
Certified professional midwives will soon require a license to practice in Michigan under new administrative rules set to go into effect next month, following a nearly decade-long push from industry professionals.
- Short-Staffed Nursing Homes See Drop In Medicare Ratings
The federal government accelerated its crackdown on nursing homes that go days without a registered nurse by downgrading the rankings of a tenth of the nation’s homes on Medicare’s consumer website, new records show.
- Working as a Team to Improve Diagnosis
Together with four medical schools and their partner health professional schools, the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine—with support from the Macy Foundation—is taking the first steps towards developing a new curriculum to educate health professionals about how to improve diagnosis.
- The Reality of the Nursing Crisis
According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, one out of five nurses will hand in their resignation one year after getting their license, and research has found that 36% of nurses are unable to care for their patients effectively because of their increasing workloads.
- Federal watchdog: Nearly half of Medicare patients in long-term-care hospitals experienced harm
Nearly half of Medicare patients in long-term care facilities have experienced some type of harm as the result of their care, endangering their health and increasing Medicare costs, according to a report from a government watchdog.
- Workplace Violence in Healthcare
Workplace violence against homecare workers and its relationship with workers health outcomes: a cross-sectional study
- Sounding The Sirens On Alarm Fatigue Today's technological advancements can be ignored just as easily as they save lives.
- Top 10 Health Tech Hazards for 2019
The safe use of health technology—from simple devices to complex information systems—requires identifying possible sources of danger or difficulty with those technologies and taking steps to minimize the likelihood that adverse events will occur.
- Quad Council Coalition Releases 2018 Community/Public Health Nursing Competencies
In 2018, the QCC updated its C/PHN Competencies.
- Nursing's Expertise Gap
Long-held fears about a coming nursing shortage have shifted from a focus on numbers to a concern about experience.
- Synergy Between Nurses And Automation Could Be Key To Finding Sepsis Early A quarter of a million Americans die every year from sepsis, which is the body's reaction to overwhelming infection.
- Keep Them STEADI: Preventing Older Adult Falls in Hospital-Based Settings
CDC created the evidence-based Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries initiative to help healthcare providers incorporate fall prevention into routine care for older adults.
- Many Nurses Lack Knowledge of Health Risks for New Mothers, Study Finds
A nationwide survey shows that postpartum nurses often fail to warn mothers about potentially life-threatening complications, mainly because they need more education themselves.
- MedPAC considers giving hospital discharge planners bigger role in placing nursing home residents
Almost half of skilled nursing facility residents had five or more higher-quality facilities available in their area that they were not directed to by a discharging hospital, a federal panel shared last week.
- A 'perfect storm' superbug: How an invasive fungus got health officials' attention Try as they might, the infection control specialists at Royal Brompton Hospital could not eradicate the invasive fungus that was attacking already gravely ill patients in the intensive care unit.
- 7 Roadblocks to Improving Patient Safety
Eliminating such incidents requires continuous attention, Berwick says during the National Patient Safety Foundation’s annual conference
- Health system deploys copper-infused surfaces to decrease infections
Sentara's research prompted it to make copper a regular fixture in its infection control strategy
- Hospitals Are Stepping Up Against Sepsis
Some hospitals have found that a coordinated, low-cost strategy dramatically reduces infection and mortality. It’s an approach others may want to adopt.
- Johns Hopkins opens center to reduce diagnostic errors
To address the prevalence of diagnostic errors, Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore will launch the Armstrong Institute Center for Diagnostic Excellence.
- Gaps In Care Persist During Transition From Hospital To Home
Nurse Tiffanie Abrajano and social worker Valerie Ellis were there to make sure his transition home had gone smoothly.