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The Search for a Five-Star Doc
Jay Moore, managing editor, HealthLeaders Media
Online consumer reviews can help uncover little-known restaurant gems, warn against grimy hotels, or offer insight into all manner of goods and services. But do consumer ratings of physicians have any real value? [Read More]
Feb. 26, 2009
Editor's Picks

MRSA infections decline for procedure
Some good news for a change on the infection control front: A study by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers found that MRSA bloodstream infections for one procedure—central line insertion—have fallen by 50% in the past 10 years. Yes, it's only one procedure. And the study apparently only considered the sheer number of infections, not the practices that may have contributed to the decline, according to the story. But I'll take all the good news I can get. [Read More]

In just a flash, simple surgery can turn deadly
This might seem like a bit of a fringe issue given the long list of patient safety concerns hospital leaders have to worry about, but it's a problem that is garnering increased attention: burn injuries to patients caused by everything from sparking surgical tools to overheating equipment. While The Joint Commission started requiring hospitals to implement fire-prevention measures in 2007, many caregivers either haven't been trained in fire prevention or just plain don't know about the guidelines, the story says. [Read More]

Doctors often take the decider role, to patients' detriment
A fairly short but interesting piece here about the process of making medical decisions—specifically, how physicians supposedly dominate that process without getting meaningful input from patients. The result, according to the story, is that "too many people get care they don't want or need and miss out on options that make more sense for them." I'm sure that happens in many instances—but I'm also leery of painting with quite that broad of a brush, so to speak. Nevertheless, the study referenced in the article has value if only because it underscores the importance of a seemingly simple component of the physician-patient relationship: actually talking to one another. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
Good news, bad news in super-staph study
Chicago Tribune - February 18, 2009

Web site gives data critiquing Oklahoma hospitals
AP/ - February 17, 2009

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