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Patients in the Halls:
Readers Have Their Say
Jay Moore, managing editor, HealthLeaders Media
Based on the considerable reader feedback I received in response to my column on the practice of shifting emergency department patients to inpatient hallways, the quality and patient safety community has some fervent opinions about how hospitals should deal with ED overcrowding. I thought I would share some of the comments to give the rest of you a chance to see what your fellow readers think about this often contentious issue. [Read More]
Jan. 2, 2009
Editor's Picks

New Pennsylvania law will end mandatory overtime for nurses
The effects of medical residents' fatigue on patient safety has garnered increasing attention in recent years, but a new law in Pennsylvania attempts to address the long hours put in by nurses and other caregivers. The law, which goes into effect in July, will prohibit healthcare facilities from forcing caregivers who deal directly with patients—including nurses, technicians, technologists, and certified nursing assistants—to work beyond their scheduled shifts. According to this story, offenders will face fines from $100 to $1,000 per violation. Not sure if a hundred bucks is enough of a deterrent for hospital managers who often see no other alternative. [Read More]

Hospitals ill from more bad debt, credit troubles
This isn't a story about healthcare quality, so to speak, but it's a telling look at how the current economic climate is forcing hospitals to reduce staffing, delay projects, and implement other cost-cutting measures that make it that much tougher to maintain quality standards and keep patients safe. [Read More]
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