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A Campaign for Quality
Maureen Larkin, Senior Editor-Quality
I could start with a corny line about the power of the pen, but I'll spare you that for now. Instead, I'm going to share a story that gives me hope that medicine is an industry that not only can change--but is hungry for it. [Read More]
March 6, 2008
Editors Picks

Ohio hospitals standardizing use of wrist bands
Ohio hospitals are collaborating to standardize the use of colored wrist bands that identify patient conditions. Many of the state's hospitals have used colored bands for some time, but a recent survey shows that as many as 19 different colors are used, with 28 different meanings, to indicate allergies, infections and other conditions. This makes it difficult for caregivers that work at different facilities and increases the chance for medical errors. [Read More]

Making hospitals own up
During discussions about a bill that would make the reporting of infection rates mandatory in California, a state hospital association lobbyist was quoted as saying that making hospitals collect and report data wasn't a good idea because it would take a staff member away from preventing infections. But a Long Beach, CA, newspaper argues that public reporting is the best way to decrease infection rates. [Read More]

'Search and destroy' philosophy necessary
An infection control expert, speaking to employees of an Albany, OR-area hospital, says healthcare organizations must work to change people's work habits and attitudes to prevent the spread of hospital acquired infections. If hospitals don't take the lead on this, he says, the government will. [Read More]

Insurer will expand infection control project
After seeing the success that a nine-hospital infection control pilot project had last year, Blue Shield of California announced last week that it will give $5.75 million to expand the program to at least 100 hospitals over the next year. [Read More]

Consumers want access to information
A survey taken by Deloitte Center for Health Solutions shows that consumers are hungry for information about their doctors and hospitals online. Of the 3,000 people surveyed, 62% report that they would visit a hospital's Web site for cost information. Sixty-four percent say they'd visit a hospital's Web site to find quality information. [Read More]

This Weeks Headlines

Hospitals tackle high-risk drugs to reduce errors
The Wall Street Journal - March 5, 2008

Maryland doctors, lawmakers argue over MRSA
The Baltimore Sun - March 3, 2008

Connecticut hospitals see surge in regulatory actions
Connecticut Business News Journal - March 3, 2008

Philadelphia area hospitals taking steps to avoid complications
The Philadelphia Inquirer - March 3, 2008

California hospital under investigation for operating room error
Los Angeles Times - March 3, 2008

Superbug related deaths up 72% in Britain
The Guardian - February 29, 2008

Rhode Island considers mandatory infection reporting
The Providence Journal - February 28, 2008

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