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

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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

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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

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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...