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March 1, 2013

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  • Putting pain on the front burner

    A recent survey of peer review studies related to palliative care by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) found that only five of more than 90 studies targeted multiple outcomes measures and relayed data to providers.
  • NY hospital achieves TJC wound care certification

    Just four months after deciding to apply, South Nassau Communities Hospital underwent and passed a survey by The Joint Commission for certification in wound care, making it the first hospital in New York to achieve that status, and just the 20th in the country.
  • NQF, TJC honor Kaiser implant project

    Choosing a pacemaker has its parallels to buying a car: There are different makes and models. You want one thats safe and reliable and doesnt break the bank. And every manufacturer says its version is the best.
  • Cutting the volume of data down to size

    Every hospital quality improvement manager hears complaints about all the data that has to be collected, how much of it is redundant, the different ways you have to report it, and the increasing number of organizations that want it. Why cant they all get together and figure out a way to work together? they ask.
  • Ensuring hand-washing when no one’s watching

    It is this dirty little secret: Everyone thinks health care providers of all people wash their hands all the time. But it is not so. Indeed, if you are counting washing as washing correctly when you should for the right length of time, then the numbers shrink to sometimes embarrassing levels.
  • News Briefs

    The Joint Commission has hired a former emergency physician to be the medical director for its division of Healthcare Quality Evaluation.
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