Connection is Key to Recovery
PSQH | Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare » Patient Safety
by PSQH
1d ago
Anesthesiologists promote holistic care during Older Adults Month By Dr. Odmara Barreto Chang An old adage commonly used among caretaking is “it takes a village.” Generally, this saying is used in the raising of a child but is applicable throughout the course of our lives. Community is vital to the health and wellbeing of all people, regardless of age, and rings especially true as we consider an approach to healthcare for older adults. Every May, the Administration for Community Living leads the nation’s observance of Older Americans Month. The 2024 theme is “Powered by Connection,” which reco ..read more
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Leveraging Pharmacist Expertise in Patient Safety
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by PSQH
1w ago
By Matt Phillion According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), one in three adverse events in hospitals involve injuries to patients resulting from medications. The impact of these adverse events is astronomical, affecting nearly 2 million hospital stays and prolonging the length of stay for these cases from 1.7 to 4.6 days. That being said, the HHS notes that most adverse drug events are preventable. A recent study helps quantify the impact pharmacists can have in identifying medication errors at transitions of care and the impact of a method for categorizing the scale and s ..read more
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Wellbeing 101: How CNOs Can Provide Support and Build Resiliency
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by HealthLeaders Media
2w ago
By G Hatfield Being a nurse is difficult. The job entails long hours, substantial workloads, and the heavy emotional burden of guiding patients through some of the toughest moments of their lives. Nurse wellbeing is essential to the success of a health system, and it is the CNO’s job to make sure they are providing programs and support to help keep their staff safe and well. According to April Prunty, director of nursing professional development at Allina Health, more than half of the healthcare workforce is made up of nurses or nurse-related positions, so the wellbeing and success of nurses ..read more
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Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades Show Improvement in Patient Experience and Infection Prevention
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by PSQH
2w ago
By Jay Kumar Hospitals are seeing improvements in patient experience and a decrease in preventable healthcare-associated infections (HAI), according to The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2024 Hospital Safety Grades. The report assigns letter grades to nearly 3,000 general hospitals on how well they prevent medical errors, accidents, and infections, and compares them to the fall 2023 Safety Grades. “We have some good news finally on patient safety, which is that hospitals are improving on infection rates and they are improving on patient experience,” says Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog ..read more
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How to Improve the Education to Practice Gap in Nursing
PSQH | Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare » Patient Safety
by PSQH
1M ago
By Matt Phillion ECRI recently revealed its Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns 2024 Special Report, an annual guide bringing attention to pressing patient safety concerns facing the healthcare industry. The number one concern identified by the report is clinicians’ transition from education to practice. While employment prospects are strong—96% of new nurses find work, compared to 53% of new graduates in other fields—there is growing concern about how new clinicians transition from a learning environment to the bedside. Without the right kind of preparation, support, and training, clinicians can r ..read more
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Yale New Haven Health CCO Recommitted to Patient Safety and Care Quality
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by HealthLeaders Media
1M ago
By Christopher Cheney For 2024, a top priority for the chief clinical officer of Yale New Haven Health is improving patient safety and care quality. Thomas Balcezak, MD, MPH, has served as chief clinical officer of the health system since 2020. He previously held several positions at Yale New Haven Hospital, including chief medical officer, chief quality officer, director of performance management, and medical chief resident. This year, Balcezak is focused on re-evaluating and retooling patient safety and care quality programs. Yale New Haven Health is doubling down on efforts to be a high-rel ..read more
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Elevating Patient Safety Through Comprehensive Fall Prevention Strategies
PSQH | Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare » Patient Safety
by PSQH
1M ago
By Amy Hester, PhD, RN, BC, FAAN Patient safety stands as a paramount concern within healthcare, signifying both a fundamental patient right and a critical measure of healthcare quality. Fall prevention, as a central pillar of patient safety efforts, addresses one of the most prevalent and preventable sources of harm in healthcare environments. The imperative for adopting evidence-based fall prevention strategies aligns with broader patient safety solutions, aiming to secure a safer healthcare journey for all, especially the elderly and those at increased risk of falls. Understanding the impac ..read more
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Three Ways CMOs Can Improve Maternal Care
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by HealthLeaders Media
2M ago
By Christopher Cheney For chief medical officers seeking to boost maternal care, a top priority should be care coordination between the inpatient and outpatient settings, the CMO of Ob Hospitalist Group says. The United States has the highest maternal mortality rate among high-income countries, according to statistics from the National Center for Health Statistics and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. U.S. maternal mortality rates have been rising, with the rate pegged at 32.9 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2021, compared with a rate of 23.8 in ..read more
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New Report Looks at the Present and Future of Maternal Care
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by PSQH
2M ago
By Matt Phillion With maternal death rates at the highest among the world’s wealthiest nations, the U.S. is facing a maternal and infant health crisis. The maternal mortality rate doubled between 1999 and 2019, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 80% of pregnancy-related deaths are preventable. A new report, “A Troubling Reality, a Hopeful Future,” from maternity and NICU care management organization ProgenyHealth, LLC, identifies key trends and insights into this crisis. The report looks at critical areas within maternal and infant health that hospitals ..read more
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SHEA Weighs in on Addressing Measles Outbreaks
PSQH | Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare » Patient Safety
by PSQH
2M ago
By Matt Phillion With notable measles outbreaks occurring in different regions in the U.S., the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) is raising awareness about what health systems can do to prevent infections. Early recognition, isolation of suspected and confirmed cases, the use of PPE, ventilation controls, and more are essential to limiting outbreaks and infections. There’s also a growing discussion on what healthcare workers can do, including MMR vaccination, to keep themselves and their patients safe. “We’re coming at this through the lens of healthcare to make sure we do ..read more
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