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July 1, 2010

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  • Toyota situation is no reason to abandon Lean, say experts

    For years now the name Toyota has been synonymous with quality not only to the car-buying public, but to a growing number of health care professionals.
  • QI initiative reduces post-operative pneumonia

    Researchers at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (PAVAHCS) and Stanford University School of Medicine have employed an eight-step process improvement intervention to significantly reduce the incidence of pneumonia in post-operative patients on the surgical ward.
  • Report patient safety lapses in your hospital

    Hospital case managers are involved with patients from admission through the entire episode of care and discharge, which puts them in a position to spot patient safety issues and work on ways to prevent them, says John Banja, PhD, professor of rehabilitation medicine, medical ethicist at Emory University's Center for Ethics and director of the Section on Ethics in Research at Emory's Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute.
  • Standard is revised for medical staff bylaws

    The Joint Commission has approved revisions to Medical Staff (MS) 01.01.01, formerly known as MS.1.20. This standard, it says, "is designed to contribute to patient safety and quality of care through the support of a well-functioning, positive relationship between a hospital's medical staff and governing body."
  • Hospitals hiring more ED pharmacists

    Five or 10 years ago, few pharmacists would have been able to gain experience as an emergency department pharmacist, even if they had thought about that field as a specialty. But times are changing.
  • ED pharmacy program has quality benefits

    An Illinois hospital has shown that it can save considerable money and improve safety and quality outcomes by having pharmacists cover its emergency department (ED).