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Patient Safety Programs Ineffective, Most Nurses Say

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, editor for HealthLeaders Media

Only four in 10 nurses describe the hospitals they work in as "safe." Poor communication, ineffective safety programs, and punitive hospital environments often stand in the way, nurses say. >>>


Editor's Picks

Colonoscopy 'Potentially Inappropriate' for 30% of Seniors

Some providers are overusing colonoscopy for screening purposes in older adults, based on age-based screening guidelines. Research shows wide regional variations in the practice. >>>

How One Hospital Zapped Infection Rates

Hospital leaders are continuously examining assumptions, processes, and actions that lead to infection, often with modest results. Here's how one hospital made a dramatic reduction in central line-associated bloodstream infections. >>>

Healthcare Hiring Strong Despite Looming Sequester Cuts

Any healthcare job losses that do come as a result of sequestration will be "disproportionately low" in relation to other industry sectors says, one economist. >>>

CMS Posts ED Wait Times, Rankling Some Hospitals

Some hospitals are shown on Hospital Compare to have average patient wait times that hospital leaders say are incorrect—in excess of 24 hours in some instances. >>>

ED After-Care Boosts Patient Satisfaction Scores

Emergency department patients who get follow-up calls or emails from physicians report higher satisfaction than those who are not contacted. Research suggests the practice may lead to lower healthcare costs. >>>

One Cultural Shift; Two Safety Improvements

Healthcare providers that shift to a culture of mutual respect can improve not only patient safety, but employee safety as well, says the CEO of the Virginia Mason Health System. >>>

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News Headlines

The superbug scare is this bad

The Atlantic Wire, March 12, 2013

Opinion: MD health insurers' 'fail first' policies jeopardize patient health

The Baltimore Sun, March 12, 2013

Patients balk at considering cost in medical decision-making

The Washington Post, March 12, 2013

More training, bigger roles for nurse practitioners

News & Observer, March 11, 2013

Nurse staffing bill faces roadblock in the MN House

Minnesota Public Radio, March 11, 2013

Unreported side effects of drugs found using Internet data

The New York Times, March 7, 2013

Behind a cancer-treatment firm's rosy survival claims

Reuters, March 7, 2013

Med school students still get gifts from drug companies

The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 7, 2013

Hospitals crack down on tirades by angry docs

Kaiser Health News / The Washington Post, March 6, 2013

C-section rates vary tenfold at hospitals

Star Tribune, March 6, 2013

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Tablets and the Influence of Connective Technology

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