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The 2019 Lab Specimen ID Report

Read the Report Now Over 200 US hospital lab professionals participated in a survey developed to explore the top priorities, challenges, and concerns within the lab, as they relate to specimen errors and identification. Through this report, you can expect to learn how your peers answered, what it means, and how you can begin the dialog at your organization about...

Summit Health’s Mammo Challenge Encourages Employee Health with Friendly Competition

Summit Health’s women’s health services in Franklin County, Pennsylvania has been making a remarkable impact in the lives of their employees and the community for more than nine years through its engaging and life-saving “Mammo Challenge” program. This program ignites the spirit of fun and competition to educate and inspire employees and their families to receive annual mammograms so...

How El Camino Hospital’s Breast Health Center Helps Women in Need with its Free Mammogram Program

In the heart of Silicon Valley, California, Women’s Health Services at El Camino Hospital's Breast Health Center has been making a significant impact in the lives of uninsured and under-insured women throughout the South San Francisco Bay community for more than nine years. The Free Mammogram Program (FMP), offered by El Camino Hospital is an exciting, life-saving program that...

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....