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December 2018
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Hospital jobs up 12,700 in November

Editor's Note US hospital jobs increased 12,700 in November to a seasonally adjusted 5,228,200, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on December 7. That is up 118,000 more employees than a year ago. Overall, healthcare employment has increased by 328,300 in the past year. The overall unemployment rate is 3.7%.

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By: Judy Mathias
December 12, 2018
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Harmful medical errors drop after implementing program to improve communication with families

Editor's Note Harmful medical errors decreased by nearly 38% after implementing a program to improve communication between healthcare providers, patients, and families, finds this study. A total of 3,106 pediatric patient admissions in seven US hospitals, 2,148 parents or caregivers, 435 nurses, 203 medical students, and 586 residents were involved…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 11, 2018
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Joint Commission issues new Sentinel Event Alert on developing a reporting culture to improve safety

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on December 10 issued a new Sentinel Event Alert on developing a reporting culture to improve healthcare safety systems. The alert explores guidance to eliminate fear of negative consequences for those reporting mistakes and unsafe conditions in their organizations. The alert also encourages learning from…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 11, 2018
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Joint Commission announces new case study on wrong-site surgery safety

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on December 5 announced a new, free educational tool that details wrong-site surgery safety strategies--identifying risk factors and possible ways to improve processes. The case study lays out a situation in which a patient is scheduled for transbronchial biopsies of the right upper lung but…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 6, 2018
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Effect of changes in hospital nursing resources on patient safety, quality care

Editor's Note Improvements in hospital work environments, nurse staffing, and educational levels of nurses coincided with improvements in patient safety and quality of care in this panel study from Linda Aiken, PhD, RN, and colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia. Using data from a panel of…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 4, 2018
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Statewide comparison of postop opioid prescribing in teaching vs nonteaching hospitals

Editor's Note In this study, patients in teaching hospitals in Michigan received significantly larger postoperative opioid prescriptions and had higher rates of high-risk prescribing compared with nonteaching hospitals in the state. The amount of opioid prescribed in initial opioid prescriptions varied 4.7-fold across hospitals, from 130 to 616 oral morphine…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 4, 2018
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First accredited VR continuing medical education course filmed at Cedars-Sinai

Editor's Note The first 360-degree virtual reality (VR) accredited continuing medical education course in gastro-intestinal (GI) surgery was filmed at Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles, and is now available for streaming, Cedars-Sinai announced on December 3. The course is a collaboration between Cedars-Sinai and the streaming medical platform GIBLIB. The content closely…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 4, 2018
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Incidence of sharps injuries among surgical staff

Editor's Note This meta-analysis found that a surgeon will have a sharps injury in about 1 in 10 surgical procedures. Of 45 studies analyzed, the incidence rate was 13.2 sharps injuries per 100 time-units. Per 100 person-years, the rate was 88.2 for self-reported injuries, 40.0 for perforations, and 5.8 for administrative…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 29, 2018
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Multimodal program reduces job stress in ICU nurses

Editor's Note In this study, a multimodal program that included education, role-play, and debriefing resulted in a lower prevalence of job stress in intensive care unit (ICU) nurses. A total of 198 ICU nurses from 8 hospitals in France were randomized to the multimodal program intervention group (101 nurses) or…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 26, 2018
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2019 OR Business Management Conference sets up shop in San Diego

Interest in the OR Business Management Conference has grown steadily in tandem with the number of proposals submitted each year. More than 400 individuals attended the conference in 2018, and they left with tools and strategies to implement in a variety of clinical settings upon their return. Feedback from attendees…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
November 14, 2018
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