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Work Smarter, Care More
Maureen Larkin, Senior Editor-Quality
When most of us think of nurses, we picture a caregiver at the bedside, taking the blood pressure of a patient or giving them the medication they need to get well. We don't picture them in the back corner of an office, surrounded by mounds of patient charts. But a new study--commissioned by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation--shows that nurses are spending more time on paperwork and less time caring for patients. [Read More]
March 27, 2008
Editors Picks

Political differences?
A poll released last week by the Harvard School of Public Health and Harris Interactive shows that Americans who identify themselves as Republicans appear to have more confidence in the U.S. healthcare system than their Democratic neighbors. [Read More]

Not on my watch
Kimberly-Clark, a provider of disposable medical equipment based in Roswell, GA, has launched the "Not on My Watch" campaign to educate healthcare workers about hospital-acquired infections and prevention. The campaign includes a 30-city tour, where the company's HAI Education Bus--a 45-foot long mobile classroom--will visit 39 hospitals in eight months. [Read More]

Participate in trials, provide better care
A five-year study done by researchers at the University of Alberta, Canada, shows that hospitals that participate in clinical trials appear to provide better care for patients with heart problems and have lower death rates than hospitals that do not participate in clinical trials. [Read More]

Patient satisfaction pioneer dies
Harvey Picker, founder of the Picker Institute--known for its hospital patient satisfaction surveys--died March 22 at age 92. Picker, who ran a medical supply company, switched his focus to research after witnessing the care that his wife received while coping with a chronic illness. [Read More]

Internet rating site will now include doctors, pharmacies, and insurers
For some time now, the Web site Angie's List has been the place to find advice about the best company to put a new roof on your house, or which bakery has the freshest bread in town. Now, the site, which allows registered users to post ratings and opinions, will have a section for users to rate doctors, pharmacies, and insurers. [Read More]

This Weeks Headlines

Ohio State University puts hospital stats online
The Columbus Dispatch - March 25, 2008

More heparin recalled because of contamination
The Boston Globe - March 24, 2008

Nevada medical board may add details to doctors' records on Web
AP/San Diego Union-Tribune - March 24, 2008

Doctor-owned surgery centers spark controversy
MarketWatch - March 23, 2008

Alabama hospital leads in reducing infection
Times Daily - March 22, 2008

North Carolina hospital put on notice
Raleigh News & Observer - March 21, 2008

Cedars-Sinai fined for blood thinner lapses
Los Angeles Times - March 21, 2008

Some facelift patients infected with MRSA superbug
U.S. News & World Report - March 21, 2008

California hospital fined after wrong meds caused patient's death
East Bay Business Times - March 21, 2008

Kaiser publishes quality data for outpatient clinics
Portland Business Journal - March 20, 2008

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