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PDC Hosts 9th Annual Brady Walk for Community to Raise Money for Local Charities

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PDC joined the other Brady Corporation locations around the U.S. for the Annual Brady Walk for Community event to benefit local charities. On May 23, 2019, PDC's employees in Billerica, Massachusetts, Manheim, Pennsylvania, Valencia, California and Port Orange, Florida laced up their sneakers and walked laps for a total $20,370 donated by Brady Corporation to The Michael Hoefflin Foundation,...

Leading Southeast Texas Nonprofit Breast Healthcare Organization Ensures all Women Receive Quality Care

Since its inception over three decades ago, The Rose has been offering advanced, life-saving breast healthcare services to meet the growing needs of all women regardless of their financial situation.  Now, the leading nonprofit breast healthcare organization in Southeast Texas, The Rose, provides breast cancer screenings, diagnostic services, and access to treatment for approximately 40,000 uninsured and insured women...

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?

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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

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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

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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...