A growing number of pediatric emergency departments have made environmental changes, and staff members are learning how to better engage and communicate with patients diagnosed with autism or other sensory sensitivities.
Stress triggers include job insecurity, hostile workplace
January 1, 2015
Hypertension is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and other leading causes of death, and now a new study has found that some hospital workers have significantly higher risk of developing the disease.
Prescription opioid misuse and abuse is an expensive and dangerous problem nationwide as injured workers stay on the drugs too long, hurting their recovery and dampening their motivation to return to work.
Where a patient presents may determine how he or she is treated
January 1, 2015
Emergency providers determine whether to admit patients to the hospital every day, but a new study suggests that while many of these decisions are consistent and clear-cut regardless of region or hospital, for certain common, low-mortality conditions, some physicians are as much as six times more likely to admit patients than others.
Immunization rates will be open to public scrutiny
December 1, 2014
Patients will soon be able to check the influenza vaccination rates of healthcare workers at the nation’s hospitals through Hospitalcompare.gov, a website of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). That specter of public reporting has helped spur the rising rates of flu vaccination in hospitals, but it will also reveal the continuing problem of tracking the vaccination status of doctors, advanced practice nurses and physician assistants who are not hospital employees.
Through the Nurse-Family Partnership at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, low-income women who are pregnant for the first time are getting support in their home throughout the pregnancy and until the child is two years old.