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October 1, 2011

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  • Medical Team Training at VHA reduces rate of adverse events

    A recent follow-up study in the Archives of Surgery shows that improvement in patient safety has resulted from the implementation of Medical Team Training at a number of Veterans Health Administration (VHA) hospitals.
  • "Pillars" of quality help hospital win recognition

    Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, FL, recently received the top "Quest for Quality" award, presented by the American Hospital Association and McKesson Corp., and the Memorial Health System's senior vice president thinks he knows why.
  • EHRs can help you comply with NPSGs

    Electronic Health Records, or EHRs, can be valuable tools for quality managers as they strive to comply with The Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goals. That's a clear message communicated in a recent commentary in JAMA1; however, the authors take care to not only outline some best practices for EHR use, but to also review some of the challenges presented.
  • Wrong-site surgery still happens 40x/week

    The news from the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare is not good: No matter how much healthcare providers and regulatory bodies stress the need to avoid wrong-site surgery, this sentinel event still occurs about 40 times a week.
  • Hospitals could use TMDS to convey data

    One important obstacle to clear, effective care transition communication is the format in which information is conveyed. If information about hospital patients is sent electronically, what should be included? Which fields are essential? And is it possible to include flexibility in an electronic form or data set?
  • Turn to staff for boost in productivity

    When it's typical for patients to wait four hours or more to see an emergency physician, and your leave-without-being-seen (LWBS) rate is pushing 10%, you know it's time to rethink the whole process. And these were the grim realities facing the ED at Baylor Medical Center in Garland, TX, as recently as two years ago, explains Steve Arze, MD, the medical director of the ED.
  • Giving advice on clear communication

    To address the issues of health literacy, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland, OH, made a radical move.