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Don't Ask Me to Work 80 Hours...
Jay Moore, managing editor, HealthLeaders Media
If I were forced to work 80 hours a week, I'd probably last about a week before I started making mistakes. But if I'm tired and the quality of my work slips, we print a correction. If a medical resident is tired and the quality of his or her work slips, someone dies. The extreme demands placed upon residents seem in conflict with the industry's broader push for improved quality. [Read More]
October 9, 2008
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Program seeks to reduce ICU infections
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is giving the American Hospital Association $3 million to help reduce central line-associated infections. Three million dollars may sound like a lot, but it will be divided among 10 states with at least 10 hospitals per state participating—you can do the math. The program has apparently seen some success in Michigan, however, so we'll see. [Read More]

Health exchange promises improved care—if anyone signs up
Rhode Island is getting pretty ambitious with its Health Information Exchange, which will place patient records into an electronic network accessible by providers of all kinds across the state—assuming patients agree to the voluntary program. The promised benefits, like improved safety or elimination of repeated tests, are familiar in the world of electronic records, as are the potential pitfalls—privacy and money. [Read More]

Doctors more likely to tell patients about obvious errors
This is a blog entry about a survey of pediatricians that found three-quarters of physicians would report a serious error like giving a child an insulin overdose, but only a third would report a less serious mistake like overlooking a lab test—even if both errors resulted in hospitalization for the patient. This is an interesting statement about whether doctors are more likely to keep quiet about an error if they believe it isn't immediately obvious to the patient and family that the error occurred. [Read More]

This Week's Headlines
Radio-frequency tags cut specimen bottle errors
Washington Post - October 7, 2008

Hospital blamed in newborn's near drowning
St. Petersburg Times - October 7, 2008

Long wait in ER may have cost ex-restaurateur his life
Dallas Morning News - October 5, 2008

State fines Yale-New Haven Hospital for infractions
Associated Press - October 3, 2008

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Leaders Forum
SCIP expert: OR environment can lead to infections
One of the top experts and biggest proponents of the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) says even hospitals complying with all the SCIP measures might need to take further precautions if they're still seeing an unacceptable amount of surgical site infections. [Read More]

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Learn about the latest CMS no-pay rule and protect your bottom line
Healthcare facilities across the country are struggling with the human and financial consequences of hospital-acquired conditions. Don't miss HCPro's live 90-minute audio conference Hospital-Acquired Conditions: Protect Patients and Avoid Financial Penalties on Wednesday, October 22 at 1 p.m. Expert speakers Thomas Valuck from CMS and surgical care expert Dale Bratzler will offer a clear understanding of what hospitals need to do to comply with CMS as well as strategies for preventing surgical complications. For more information visit HCPro's Healthcare Marketplace.
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David Palmer, president and CEO of ClearCount Medical Solutions, talks about using technology to prevent medical errors in the operating room. [Listen Now]
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