HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - October 14, 2009
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Lost In Translation: The Need for Interpreter Certification
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
There is no uniform accreditation or certification process to guarantee the competence of language interpreters in healthcare settings. It seems that for the most part, everyone is speaking in tongues. But that may soon change. [Read More]
October 14, 2009
Editor's Picks

Cedars-Sinai Under Investigation for CT Radiation Overexposure to 206 Patients
When a Cedars-Sinai patient who had undergone a scan for stroke complained of hair loss and skin redness two months ago, hospital officials went back into their records. They found a problematic protocol error that had affected the testing of 206 patients. And when they went back to check on them, they learned that 40% had similar symptoms. The FDA and California health officials have launched investigations. [Read More]

Hospital Reduces Infection Rates Quickly
Central line infections are every hospital's bogeyman. But after an exceptionally high rate was noticed at SUNY Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, hospital officials launched a full-scale effort to reduce its number to zero. One helpful strategy: use of ultrasound to facilitate correct line insertion to avoid risk. [Read More]

Lawsuit Highlights Legal Issues Tied to Firing Residents
This Johns Hopkins messiness involving a lawsuit filed by an angry fired doctor illustrates the importance of making sure your medical staff ducks are in a row. Document, document, document performance issues, and make sure the physician has been made aware of issues before you lower the ax. [Read More]

Why Nurses Are Rising Up Against a Shot in the Arm
Our new senior editor for nursing, Rebecca Hendren, gives a good explanation why some nurses are resisting H1N1 vaccination. They have concerns about Guillain-Barré Syndrome, based on a reported but unsubstantiated link with a swine flu-like virus prevalent in 1976, as well as inaccurate beliefs the vaccine has not been tested. Here she gives guidance on how health leaders can correct misinformation, stop rumors, and get reluctant staffers vaccinated. [Read More]
Leaders Forum

Five Steps the C-suite Should Know About Optimizing the Hospital Supply Chain
As hospitals across the country feel pressure to cut costs and improve operational efficiencies, the role of the hospital supply chain becomes increasingly important. Hospital supply chain issues are no longer just the concern of materials management departments and service line VPs. C-suite executives are also getting heavily involved. When they do, they should first know five critical points when it comes to supply chain management. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines

People to watch in the healthcare debate's next phase
Wall Street Journal – October 14, 2009
New conflict rules at medical journals
Wall Street Journal – October 14, 2009
Mixed reviews for Gov. Schwarzenegger on California healthcare bills
San Francisco Chronicle – October 13, 2009
Mayo Clinic faulted for limiting Medicare patients
Washington Post – October 13, 2009

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