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Strength in Nurses
Maureen Larkin, Senior Editor-Quality
There are more than 250,000 cases of catheter-related blood stream infections among American hospital patients each year, the CDC says. That's why, when your hospital goes 26 months without one, people notice. Sutter Roseville Medical Center in Roseville, CA, is another one of the "zero heroes" I was introduced to recently. [Read More]
May 1, 2008
Editor's Picks

Hospital hopes robot will reduce medication errors
Loyola University Hospital in Illinois has started using a pharmacy robot to dispense medication to patients, hoping that the robot will help combat medication errors. The robot places single doses of medication in bar-coded plastic bags. When it's time for a patient to get medication, nurses scan the bar code on the medication bag and the bar code on the patient's ID bracelet before administering the drug. [Read More]

Grants fund quality, safety studies
The National Patient Safety Foundation has awarded $200,000 in grants to fund two studies. One will examine how interruptions in the emergency room affect patient care. The other will collect data from medical events and near-miss reports to develop an error-solutions framework. [Read More]

Can having a life harm others?
We've heard a lot about how today's doctors aren't interested in 60-hour work weeks and long nights on call, but how is the lifestyle of today's physician affecting the quality of patient care? [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
Are medical records at risk?
Wall Street Journal (subscription required) - April 29, 2008

Trapped in a waiting game at Texas' JPS
Fort Worth Star-Telegram - April 28, 2008

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Med rec survey highlights compliance trouble spots
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