Safety

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February 2019

An undercover hazard: Beware of 'clean' mattresses

A patient is lying on an apparently clean bed or stretcher when blood from a previous patient oozes out of the surface. Clearly, you don’t want to put your patients through that experience. But is your facility doing enough to prevent it? For the second consecutive year, ECRI Institute addresses…

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By: ECRI
January 14, 2019
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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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Top 10 health technology hazards for 2019 named

The devices and systems we use when diagnosing and treating patients are invaluable to patient care—but they are not perfect. Patients and staff can be harmed if design flaws or system faults aren’t identified and rectified, equipment isn’t adequately maintained or prepared for use, or proper procedures aren’t followed. Preventing…

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By: ECRI
November 14, 2018
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HHS updates physical activity guidelines for Americans

Editor's Note The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a summary of its new Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, online November 12 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The updated guidelines provide information on types and amounts of physical activity that provide substantial health benefits. For…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 13, 2018
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US smoking rates at record low

Editor's Note Cigarette smoking rates in the US have dropped to the lowest level ever recorded, according to the November 9 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The smoking rate for adult smokers fell from 15.5% in 2016 to 14% in 2017, a rate 67% lower than it was in 1965.…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 13, 2018
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Nurses scramble to save patients, themselves from California fire

Editor's Note At 7:30 am, Thursday November 8, With the Camp Fire raging through Paradise, California, staff at Adventist Health Feather River Hospital in Paradise were ordered to evacuate patients and flee themselves, the November 11 nbcnews.com reports. After helping load patients into every vehicle they could find, surgical nurses…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 12, 2018
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Opioid prescribing linked to postop opioid consumption

Editor's Note Excessive opioid prescribing was associated with higher postoperative opioid consumption in this study. In this analysis of 2,392 surgical patients, the quantity of opioids prescribed was significantly higher than opioid consumption, with patients reporting using only 27% of the opioids prescribed to them. Prescription size had the strongest…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 7, 2018
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Nurse, patient survey shows patient safety in hospitals still a concern

Editor's Note Survey data from thousands of nurses and patients shows that patient safety remains a serious concern and that failure to improve hospital work environments may be hampering progress, finds this study by Linda Aiken, PhD, RN, and colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Of 53,644…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 6, 2018
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ACS NSQIP recognizes 83 hospitals for “Meritorious” surgical outcomes

Editor's Note The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) on October 31 recognized 83 hospitals for achieving “Meritorious” outcomes for surgical patient care in 2017; 568 hospitals were eligible. ACS NSQIP-participating hospitals are required to track outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical outcomes and analyze…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 1, 2018
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HHS opens Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center

Editor's Note The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on October 29 opened the Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3) at its headquarters in Washington DC. HC3 will play a vital role in early detection of cybersecurity attacks and coordination of information between the healthcare sector and the Department…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 31, 2018
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