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August 2018
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Constancy: The key ingredient for safe patient care

When errors occur, sometimes with devastating consequences, healthcare leaders often perform a root cause analysis (RCA) to prevent a recurrence. Understanding what happened is an important step in the recovery process. It’s also important to realize the effect of a sentinel event on healthcare providers—those “second victims” who find themselves…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
May 18, 2018
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Informal, specific praise motivates employees

Editor's Note Encouraging words are more appreciated when they are informal and specific in their praise, reports the May 15 Fast Company online. A few ways for managers to put this into practice include: Showing appreciation for an idea not just in meetings but during impromptu interactions, like corridor conversations.…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 16, 2018
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Working overtime associated with less collaboration between nurses and physicians

Editor's Note In this study, working overtime negatively influenced nurse-nurse and nurse-physician collaboration. Survey data from 24,013 nurses in 957 units from 168 hospitals in the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators showed that one third of nurses work beyond their scheduled shifts. One hour of overtime was associated with…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 14, 2018
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Opioid abuse, dependence increases postop readmissions

Editor's Note Opioid abuse or dependence after major surgical procedures was associated with increased readmission rates and healthcare utilization. Of 16,016,842 patients in the National Readmission Database analyzed, 94,903 (0.6%) had diagnoses of opioid abuse or dependence. Comparing patients with and without opioid abuse or dependence, researchers found that patients…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 9, 2018
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Hospital employment up 0.16% in April

Editor's Note US hospitals added 8,000 jobs in April to a seasonally adjusted 5,159,800, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on May 4. That is 94,500 more employees than a year ago. The overall unemployment rate fell by 0.2% in April to 3.9%, the lowest rate since December 2000.

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By: Judy Mathias
May 7, 2018
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National Nurses Week is May 6-12

Editor's Note National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. National Nurses Week is celebrated annually to raise awareness of the important role nurses play in society. This year’s theme is “Nurses Inspire, Innovate, Influence.” The American Nurses Association has a…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 3, 2018
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New communication bundle reduces unplanned ICU admissions

Editor's Note Unplanned admissions of medical-surgical patients to intensive care units (ICUs) dropped after a New Hampshire Medical Center implemented a new early warning score communication bundle, this study finds. The hospital embedded a seven-item modified early-warning score system into the electronic medical record (EMR) for patients in its four…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 3, 2018
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Health literacy linked to postop recovery in outpatients

Editor's Note Inadequate functional health literacy (FHL) in ambulatory surgery patients was associated with poorer postoperative recovery and a lower quality of life in this study. Of 704 patients undergoing ambulatory surgery who were surveyed, 427 (60.7%) reported sufficient FHL, 223 (31.7%) said problematic FHL, and 54 (7.7%) had inadequate…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 1, 2018
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Joint Commission issues new Sentinel Event Alert on violence against healthcare workers

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on April 17 announced that it had issued a new Sentinel Event Alert 59: Physical and verbal violence against healthcare workers. The Joint Commission issued the alert during Workplace Violence Awareness Month to help healthcare workers in hospitals and other healthcare settings recognize violence from…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 18, 2018
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OR leaders feel the pain of the opioid crisis

The OR isn’t exempt from the effects of the opioid crisis. Identifying patients taking opioids is part of OR clinicians’ responsibilities, and they also play an important role in preventing opioid addiction. “We have patients who have opioid use disorder [OUD] and neglect to tell us,” says Mary Jo Steiert,…

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By: OR Manager
April 18, 2018
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