patient safety

Survey: 5 Key Insights into Clinician Workplace Injuries

January 2, 2014
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A recent survey from Nurture® by Steelcase found that escalating workplace demands on clinicians have increased the likelihood of them being injured on the job. Nurture® by Steelcase focuses on developing user-centered healthcare solutions. According to the press release announcing the survey, Nurture “views the healthcare environment as an integral part of the healing process […]

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7 Ways the ACA Will Change How Your Hospital is Run

December 17, 2013
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Tony Leys of the Des Moines Register has produced a handy list that adequately summarizes the seven ways in which the Affordable Care Act is going to change how your hospital is run. We’ve covered many of these separately before, but this is a concise overview that ties a nice, big bow around most of […]

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What are the Top 10 Technology Hazards in 2014? (Part 2 of 2)

December 3, 2013
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Yesterday, we began our look at the ECRI Institute‘s list of the top 10 technology hazards in 2014, as reported by Cheryl Clark for HealthLeaders Media. We conclude today by reviewing the top five hazards. At No. 5 on the list is “occupational radiation hazards in hybrid ORs.” This item on the list has been […]

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What are the Top 10 Technology Hazards in 2014? (Part 1 of 2)

December 2, 2013
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The ECRI Institute released its 2014 list of health care’s top 10 technology hazards last month, and the contents of the list should prove beneficial to most organizations, reports Cheryl Clark for HealthLeaders Media. So, in a manner that would do Casey Kasem proud, let’s count down these top 10 technology hazards, starting with the […]

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Remembering the Second Victim (Part 3 of 3)

April 3, 2013

In our previous post, we continued our look at the second victim involved in an adverse event, the provider, and explored ways in which a healthcare organization can provide emotional support for those victims. But what are some of the barriers to that support? And what kind of a design can you institute for your […]

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Remembering the Second Victim (Part 2 of 3)

April 3, 2013

In our last posting, we began to look at the research behind the second victims of an adverse event at a healthcare organization. These second victims are, of course, the providers, Tami Swartz explains in the February 2013 issue of Patient Safety Monitor and reprinted on the HealthLeaders Media site. The research cited established that […]

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Remembering the Second Victim (Part 1 of 3)

April 3, 2013

Having open and transparent lines of communication between the leadership and staff at a healthcare organization is vitally important. To create a culture in which physicians, nurses, and housekeepers are afraid to report when something has gone wrong not only jeopardizes patient safety, but also impacts the overall quality of the organization’s care. This is […]

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These 10 Healthcare Technologies are Impacting C-Suite Decision Making (Part 1 of 2)

April 1, 2013

When interviewing various C-suite executives from healthcare organizations around the country, HCE frequently asks them about the trends they’re seeing in the marketplace, especially in the IT department. In our next two posts, we’re going to take a look at an article by Ryan Chiavetta and Chelsea Rice from HealthLeaders Media that details the 10 […]

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Healthcare Work Environments Not Always Healthy

March 21, 2013

Is the work environment in your hospital safe for health professionals? We ask this after reading a particularly disturbing piece by Kevin B. O’Reilly at American Medical News. He writes, “The experience of working in American healthcare is being drained of joy and meaning amid a rising rate of occupational injuries, episodes of verbal abuse […]

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AMA Outlines Physician Responsibilities for Discharged Patients

February 11, 2013

How to practice patient safety following their release from the hospital is an ongoing concern for physicians. In seeking to further clarify the issue, the American Medical Association Center for Patient Safety issued a report containing five areas of responsibility that it believes physicians should incorporate into their patient care. John Commins at HealthLeaders Media […]

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