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June 1, 2017

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  • Peer-to-Peer Hospital Reviews Helpful but Difficult

    A hot topic in quality improvement lately is the idea of peer-to-peer hospital reviews, in which a team from one hospital visits another and provides a structured, confidential, non-punitive review. Proponents say this approach could yield meaningful opportunities for quality improvement before a binding accreditation review, but it also poses some potential risks.

  • ADT Nurses Can Help Ease Bed Constraints, Patient Volumes

    Managing patient throughput can be one of the biggest challenges for nursing units, with patients often remaining in the ED because there are not enough beds available on the unit, or there are not enough nurses to care for all of the patients. But some facilities are finding a solution with the use of Admission, Discharge, Transfer (ADT) nurses.

  • Get Patients Moving More to Decrease Vent Time

    An Arizona hospital has found that a concerted effort to get ventilated patients moving more can significantly decrease their time on a vent, resulting in better patient outcomes and cost savings.

  • Nursing Education Improves RRT Team Efficiency

    The Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle improved the performance of its rapid response teams (RRTs) by improving staff familiarity with them. The better staff understand how to work with an RRT, the better the outcome for the patient, the leadership found.

  • Standardize Physician Cards for Quality, Savings

    Physician preference cards are intended to keep everything moving smoothly in surgery and improve quality of care, but too often they can complicate the process without adding any benefit. When that happens, the problem usually is that the preference cards have been allowed to proliferate with little or no oversight, one expert says.

  • Home Nutrition Orders Often Incorrect

    Patients often are at risk of being overfed or underfed when prescribed home nutrition doesn’t meet their needs, according to research presented recently at the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) Clinical Nutrition Week (CNW) conference.

  • HHS OIG Offers Compliance Resource Guide

    The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) is offering a guide for measuring the effectiveness of a healthcare compliance program.