Many healthcare leaders don’t realize that, in addition to threatening patient safety, nurse fatigue is also a compliance risk, notes CEO Nick Merkin of Compliagent, a compliance consulting firm in Los Angeles.
Cyber security experts and healthcare leaders are warning that the biggest threat to your hospital system’s data security might be one of the most innocuous, seemingly harmless devices that doesn’t even appear to have anything to do with your computer system: the infusion pump.
The data breach at Anthem, one of the country’s most prominent health insurers, is thought to be the largest healthcare data breach in history by a wide margin. The insurer is reporting that the breach affecting 80 million people was traced to the theft of an administrator’s login key and password.
Unintentional medication discrepancies during transitions in care pose a major threat to patient safety, with up to 67% of inpatients having at least one unexplained discrepancy in their prescription medication history at the time of admission, according to the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) in Philadelphia.
Physicians and healthcare providers must recognize that HAIs are common, and when they are treating a patient who recently has received healthcare services or undergone a procedure involving an injection, extra precautions should be taken to rule out the possibility of an infection.
Are you familiar with the documentation requirements for your department? Do you have an obligation to review and sign off on residents’ notes? Does the documentation in the record reflect your plan of care? If you never reviewed, how do you know? Unfortunately, in one recent case where the medical care could be explained, the matter was settled due to insufficient documentation — which a good plaintiff attorney can characterize as sloppy and inattentive care.