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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...

A Simple Way to Reduce Cross-Contamination in the Radiology Department

A Simple Way to Reduce Cross-Contamination in the Radiology Department
Making Progress toward HAI Prevention  Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are a serious, yet often preventable danger to patient safety.  According to the CDC, approximately one in 25 hospital patients has at least one HAI on any day.  Additionally, a recent HAI Prevalence Survey revealed an estimated 722,000 HAIs in acute care hospitals across the United States.  The continuing growth of...

Thermal vs. Laser Patient ID Wristbands Printing: A Critical Component of the EMR

EMR Integrate Laser vs. Thermal Wristbands & Labels
Technology has transformed healthcare. From mobile monitoring devices in telemedicine to advanced imaging equipment, technology advances continue to improve efficiency, communication, and patient safety. The adoption of EMR systems (electronic medical record) has put tremendous power and knowledge in the hands of caregivers and patients alike, and it has become a central part of modern healthcare. EMR technology continues...

Workplace Violence Prevention Plans Now Required at California Hospitals

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Improving safety is a top priority among healthcare facilities, not only for patients but for healthcare employees as well. Workplace violence has been a challenge in hospitals and the number of incidents has increased dramatically in recent years. California has issued a mandate to enforce training programs in hospitals with the purpose of reducing workplace violence. The mandate...

How Breast Centers are Improving Patient Experience

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Due to increasing scrutiny around patient satisfaction and what it may mean for reimbursement, patient volume, and quality standards, it’s no surprise that patient experience is at the forefront of breast centers’ priorities. We recently spoke with many of our top breast health professionals about their top 2018 priorities for their facilities. As expected, improving patient experience topped the...

5 Reasons L&D Nurses Prefer Inkless Footprinters

Benefits of Inkless Footprinters
The vast majority of hospital L&D departments record newborn footprints shortly after birth as part of the medical record and also as a keepsake for the parents to take home. Like fingerprints, footprints are unique and can be used as a form of identification for the newborn, in the event that the identity of the newborn is called into...

Loaner and Vendor Problems: The 3 C’s that Can Improve your SPD

Central Sterile Communication
As the staff of most Sterile Processing Departments (SPD) can tell you, sterilization is getting complicated. As surgeries become more and more intricate and advanced, so too does the surgical equipment that needs to be sterilized. This can be seen most clearly in the issues that SPD faces with loaner instrumentation. Vendors may not always provide adequate amounts of sets...

Reducing Transfusion Errors in Hospitals

Nurses are always in demand for their time and attention to patient care. Resources are spread thin and multi-tasking is expected. With such challenging schedules and tasks that require a great deal of attention, healthcare staff is finding less and less time to manage everything. Fatigue and taxing schedules often lead to an increase in medical errors. Ultimately, these...

3 Ways Product Standardization Can Help You Get a Bonus

Supply Chain Employee Earns a Bonus
Supply chain management in healthcare is complex and demanding. Being a supply chain professional means you are constantly under pressure to perform many different roles. As a supply chain leader you must take on the responsibilities of an analytical expert, a financial advisor, a safety officer, and an advocate for innovation, among many other duties. You manage tens and...