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December 1, 2007

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  • Predictive health: Could it be a new paradigm for quality?

    A new facility in Atlanta is turning the concept of "health care" upside down. Rather that treating sick patients, the health care professionals, called "partners," will see individuals, called "participants," who as far as they know are not sick at all.
  • Dramatic results achieved with MRSA initiative

    The bad news: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a more widespread public health threat than scientists had previously thought.
  • AHRQ cites MRSA mortality figures

    According to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), one of every 20 of the roughly 368,600 patients treated in U.S. hospitals in 2005 for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) died. Most of those patients were elderly or low income.
  • Color wristband program seeks to reduce errors

    The Colorado Foundation for Medical Care (CFMC) and the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) have partnered to initiate a statewide program that will standardize the colored wristbands worn by patients to indicate allergies, fall risk, and other potential threats to patient safety.
  • Program increases patient, family involvement

    Increased patient involvement in their own care is encouraged by The Joint Commission and other organizations as one of the keys to improving patient safety.
  • Top hospitals record a 71% lower mortality rate

    Patients who are treated at the nation's top-rated hospitals have on average a 71% lower chance of dying compared with the lowest-rated hospitals as reported in the 10th annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study.
  • News Briefs

    More focus needed on quality for kids; Leapfrog Group has two new quality awards; PA hospital report: Quality is rising; IHI to host 'world's largest gathering'