Maternal and fetal morbidity are ongoing concerns, and hospitals are using an array of evidence-based strategies to improve quality of care, from simple process changes to high-tech virtual reality simulations of obstetric emergencies.
The maternal and fetal medicine team at Sharp Grossmont Women’s Health Center, affiliated with Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, CA, improved quality of care recently by implementing a standardized debriefing process for critical events.
Infection levels in mothers after cesarean sections were reduced at a California hospital with a remarkably simple fix: providing the right size bandage so too-large ones didn’t have to be cut by hand.
Data from a retrospective cohort study indicated that hospital performance is related to postoperative hypocalcemia and recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) injury, a correlation close enough to suggest that the measure could be used to assess overall hospital quality.
A report from the American Hospital Association concluded that although quality and outcomes are gaining prominence in determining revenue for healthcare organizations, determining how to apply them in new reimbursement models is not always clear.
A majority of medical staff surveyed recently said they have accessed an electronic medical record (EMR) system using a password improperly supplied by a fellow medical staffer, and explained that strict confidentiality rules can make it difficult to get the data needed to do their jobs properly.