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August 1, 2013

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  • Ten steps for making surgery safer

    Wrong-site surgery: 20 times a week. Wrong surgery on a patient: 20 times a week. Object left in a patient: nearly 40 times a week. Surgical "never events": more than 4,000 times a year. Those statistics were reported in a study published in April in the journal Surgery.1 With such statistics, there will never be a single solution that makes surgery safer.
  • What's up for quality in 2014's IPPS proposal?

    No one expects everyone to read through the 1,000-plus pages of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposals for 2014. But there are parts of the proposal that impact quality departments, and they demand some study.
  • Studies show limits of surgical checklists

    Checklists are often touted as the potential cure for the ill that is patient harm. If it works for the aerospace industry, why can't it work for healthcare? Indeed, there is ample evidence that some checklists can make a big difference in patient safety.
  • The scheduling/safety intersect

    Talk about surgical safety and people will automatically think of issues like objects left in a patient after closing or operating on the wrong site. Surgical-site infections are a hot topic. But surgical scheduling? Put that in the PubMed search engine and not much comes up. Add the term "patient safety" and you get a single, lonely article.
  • How does the evidence rate?

    If you read it in a peer reviewed journal, it must be right right? And if there is an evidence-based practice, then the evidence must be stellar. Not so fast, says Lisa Spruce, DNP, RN, ACNS, ACNP, ANP, CNOR, director of evidence-based perioperative practice at the Association of periOPerative Registered Nurses (AORN) in Denver. Spruce is a big advocate of healthcare stakeholders becoming critical readers and understanding exactly what kind of data makes for good evidence. Doing so can make anyone better at determining what practices to mimic or adapt to local needs, and what can just be ignored.
  • You can use a time-out, too

    Every parent of a toddler knows that a time-out isn't so much a punishment for the child as a moment to breathe for the parent. It's this moment of calm that is the basis for the use of time-outs in a variety of fields, including surgical medicine. It's a chance to stop and make sure the path you are on is correct. And it's a tool that anyone can use, says Vicki Hess, RN, MS, principle at Catalyst Consulting, based in Baltimore, MD.
  • Joint Commission to study HIT risks

    Late in 2011, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report outlining the potential benefits of health information technology, as well as the potential perils associated with it. "Health IT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Care" included specific recommendations, including that the government should find an independent organization to determine what use of technology could potentially harm patients and how to prevent those scenarios.
  • AMA, TJC recommend strategies for reduction

    The American Medical Association's Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement and The Joint Commission have come up with ways to reduce five commonly overused treatments use of antibiotics for viral infections like colds, over-transfusion of red blood cells, placing tubes in ears for middle ear infusion, early elective delivery, and elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).
  • Checklists available for PfP program

    The Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET), an affiliate of the American Hospital Association (AHA), has created a series of checklists as part of the Partnership for Patients (PfP) campaign of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that, if implemented, might help reduce patient harm by 40% and unplanned hospital readmission rates by up to 20%.
  • Better metrics needed to determine quality

    There has been an intense focus on reducing unplanned readmissions in hospitals. Payers are refusing to pay for them, and increasingly the public believes that they are a determinant of the level of quality of care a particular facility provides to patients. But a study in the June issue of Health Affairs1 indicates that looking at this single data point doesn't tell the whole quality story.
  • Reducing measurement to improve quality

    It is well known that healthcare organizations have access to a vast amount of data, and that a lot is unused and more is of little use. But what can be done about it? A June workshop at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) called Counting What Counts came to some conclusions and may mark the start of a new initiative to streamline data collection and make better use of what is collected.
  • Remaking healthcare – again

    Hospitals are barely keeping up with the last round of changes in healthcare, but already there are people calling for another overhaul.