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A National Debate: To Arm or Not to Arm Hospital Security Officers?

Armed Security
Violence remains widespread in today’s society, and unfortunately, has risen in hospitals over the years.  In February of this year, a Florida man walked into Capital Regional Medical Center in Tallahassee and murdered his mother by stabbing her to death.  As tragic, violent acts like these continue to occur; the perception of hospitals as safe, protective settings for healing...

Using Patient Complaints to Improve Patient Experience

Patient complaints
In the constantly evolving landscape of healthcare, hospitals are constantly evaluating priorities including quality of care, patient safety, and costs. As healthcare continues to evolve towards value based care, the importance of patient experience and patient satisfaction have become integral benchmarks for all hospitals.  Understanding the issues patients and their family encounter can offer tremendous insight for quality improvement...

Reducing Wrong-Site Operations: How Universal Protocol Was Established

Surgery is an invasive procedure that carries weighty risks such as anesthesia reactions, infections, and wrong-site, or wrong procedure. Thankfully, today’s OR teams are more skilled than ever in proper techniques, protocol, and patient safety requirements. The OR team works in harmony with specific functions to safely complete the procedure, protect the patient, and deliver a positive surgical outcome....

How TimeAlert® IV Helps Remind Nurses When It’s Time to Change IV Tubing

Along with regulatory requirements mandated by the CDC and The Joint Commission, managing risk is a key factor in determining patient care protocol. As clinical administrators develop the protocols for their organization, they research clinical evidence and data for support. When it comes to intravenous (IV) administration of medication and fluids, there are several guidelines and requirements each organization...

Joint Commission Issues New Requirement for Distinct Naming Conventions for Newborn Identification

Newborn Naming Convention Example
It’s understood that misidentifying newborns can lead to very serious errors, such as, administering the wrong blood products or even sending the wrong infant to surgery. In an effort to prevent newborn identification errors, The Joint Commission recently issued a new requirement that goes into effect January 1, 2019, requiring a distinct naming convention for newborn identification. The new element of performance...

How Sheila R. Veloz Breast Center Promotes Employee Health with Mammo Monday

While healthcare providers are taking strides to improve the patient experience, healthcare workers are often so busy caring for patients, that they may neglect (or overlook) their personal health and preventative care.  Sheila R. Veloz Breast Center, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital's leading Southern California breast imaging center, founded “Mammo Monday,” an educational and experiential program held bi-annually. Mammo Monday was created...

How Standardizing Consumables Offers Hospitals Quick Wins for Cost Savings

Supply Chain
Healthcare Industry Positions for Uncertain Future The US Healthcare Market is in a struggle for its own future, which has yet to be defined. Will healthcare become more socialized or stay privatized? Will the Affordable Healthcare Act survive or be replaced? Either way, healthcare institutions are scrambling to position themselves for the future. Hospital systems are consolidating. GPOs are consolidating....

Top 10 Patient Safety Challenges for 2018

Top 10 Patient Safety Challenges 2018
As we near the halfway point of 2018, we can’t help but wonder how the Healthcare industry is tackling the top 10 identified patient safety issues. From hand hygiene, disparate EHRs, and the continued rapid pace of hospital mergers and acquisitions, has there been progress that has any impact on patient safety? The Becker's Clinical Leadership & Infection Control editorial team chose...

Smart Ways to Use Reminders So You Won’t Forget

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Everyone has been there: You walk into a room…. and for the life of you, you just can’t remember why. You told your brain you needed to do something and your body was in motion before your brain processed what exactly you were doing. If you’re like most people, you’ll then spend the next 3-5 minutes racking your brain...

Perioperative Perspective: Labeling Errors Are the Most Common Type of Medication Error

Prevent preoperative medication errors
Reducing the potential for adverse drug events has been a key initiative for U.S. healthcare facilities for several years, but what is the cause of the problem? Is it incorrect documentation? Failure to diagnose the correct illness? These are all questions raised by the healthcare professionals in this realm. Study Reviews Perioperative Medication Errors A study conducted by Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General...