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Hospital Management



  • ‘I Need My Brain!’: Horrors of Long COVID in HCWs

    A systematic review of studies on healthcare workers who experienced long COVID in the United Kingdom revealed that many struggled to separate their clinical identity from that of a patient. Healthcare workers with various symptoms of long COVID endured over different lengths of time recognized the uncertainty of their symptoms of this poorly understood syndrome and feared they would be perceived as a burden.

  • An Old Pro Stays in the Fight Against Needlesticks

    At age 78, with more than 50 years of clinical consultation and research on needlesticks, sharps injuries, and medical waste, Terry Grimmond, FASM, BAgrSc, GrDpAdEdTr, says he retired at the end of 2023 but is still winding his career down with a few final projects.

  • Is Measles Elimination Status at Risk? Antivaxers Attack MMR Vaccine

    As the number of measles cases in the United States already has outstripped total cases for last year, employee health professionals should prepare for incoming cases that can wreak havoc in a hospital if undetected. Even if staff are fully immunized, all bets are off if an undiagnosed case of measles gets into a healthcare facility.

  • Healthcare Workers, CDC at Odds Over COVID Precautions

    Inundated with criticism from healthcare workers, highly vulnerable patients, and those with long COVID, advisors to the CDC must make a Solomonic decision. At a time when the CDC is trying to simplify and normalize community precautions for SARS-CoV-2, initial efforts to do so in the hospital have backfired spectacularly.

  • Addressing Food Insecurity in the ED

    Screening ED patients for food insecurity is not particularly difficult or time-consuming, but intervening to address the problem can be complicated by various factors.

  • Monthly Calls Dramatically Cut ED Visits by Super-Users

    Researchers at a Virginia hospital conducted a quality improvement project to get frequent ED visitors the care they needed and keep them out of the ED. The researchers identified the 50 top super-utilizing patients at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital’s ED in 2020 and contacted them about enrolling in a chronic care management program.

  • Solo Agers Are a Growing Demographic in Health Systems Nationwide

    A rising proportion of older patients are solo agers — adults who live alone. This phenomenon leads to challenges for case managers as they try to find safe places to transition patients who lack caregivers and family support. A Pew Research Center study in 2020 found that 27% of U.S. adults older than age 60 years live solo.

  • Ways to Reduce Medication Issues During Care Transitions

    Medication management services and coordination tops the list of essential interventions needed during transitions of care, according to the National Transition of Care Coalition. Care transitions can falter when patients’ medication assessment and management are not handled well, which is why case managers should follow some basic standards.

  • Improve Collaboration Between Case Managers and Pharmacists

    Hospital discharges and care transitions across the continuum are vulnerable time points for medication mismanagement. About 60% of all medication errors occur during transitions of care. Case managers working with pharmacists and providers can help prevent medication errors and omissions as patients transition home or to another care facility. Collaboration is key.

  • Hairstyle Is a Hot Topic in 2024 Workplaces

    A top goal in a workplace that embraces the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging is to accept and include people however they present. This includes allowing people of particular faiths to dress in a way that honors their faith and allowing employees to wear hairstyles that are more inclusive than adhering to a particular style, such as styles common among those of European descent.