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Beyond Policies and Procedures
Maureen Larkin, Senior Editor-Quality
During the investigation that follows a sentinel event, hospital officials usually discover that somewhere along the line, a key safety step was overlooked or omitted, leading to the error. But what happens when a medical error is made, and all protocols were followed? [Read More]
Sept. 25, 2008
Editor's Picks

New training for future leaders
With healthcare expected to make up 25% of the gross domestic product by 2030, there is a need for strong leaders in the areas of health policy and population health. That's why Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia will open the Jefferson School of Health Policy and Population Health in September 2009. David Nash, MD, MBA, FACP, who will lead the new program, says the curriculum will heavily study quality and patient safety. [Read More]

Survey: Strong leadership needed
According to a survey of almost 1,000 infection preventionists, an increase in executive and physician leadership and improvements in general infection prevention practices are needed to help prevent healthcare-associated infections and improve patient care. [Read More]

Study: Flawed handoffs lead to errors
More than half of medical and surgical residents interviewed during a recent Massachusetts General Hospital study said they knew of at least one time in the last month of their rotations where a patient handoff was flawed. One in nine of these residents said the flawed handoff led to significant harm for a patient. [Read More]

Infection control turns from hands to clothes
Amid growing concerns about hospital infections and a rise in drug-resistant bacteria, the attire of doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers is getting more attention. While infection control experts have published extensive research on the benefits of hand washing and equipment sterilization in hospitals, little is known about the role that ties, white coats, long sleeves, and soiled scrubs play in the spread of bacteria. [Read More]

Bracelets spark privacy concern
Color-coded bracelets have been endorsed by the American Hospital Association and at least 20 states as a way to increase patient safety. But as bracelets become more common in America's hospitals, concerns are rising that the bracelets may violate a patient's privacy, telling loved ones about health conditions or life decisions that the patient has chosen to keep private. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
PA hospitals have high blood infection rates
Philadelphia Inquirer - September 25, 2008

Company offers video surveillance of employee hand washing
Wall Street Journal (subscription required) - September 24, 2008

Chicago area program helps troubled doctors
Chicago Tribune - September 23, 2008

Study: Doctors show little empathy
USA Today - September 23, 2008

Heart attack care often delayed for the poor
Washington Post - September 23, 2008

Candidates fail to address quality, cost of healthcare
Chicago Tribune - September 23, 2008

Program makes sure ER is for emergencies
The Tennessean - September 23, 2008

Infections led to Turkish newborns' deaths
AP/Yahoo News - September 22, 2008

Tennessee Blue Cross shares docs' quality, cost data
The Tennessean - September 19, 2008

UC Davis study aims at healthier preemies
Sacramento Bee - September 19, 2008

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