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August 2021
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Growing number of healthcare organizations mandating COVID-19 vaccinations

Editor's Note Since Houston Methodist announced March 31 that all managers had to receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or get an exemption by April 15, and all employees had to be vaccinated by June 7, more than 60 healthcare organizations have announced vaccination mandates for their…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 29, 2021
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Diversity of US healthcare workers

Editor's Note In this study, researchers from David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Harvard Medical School, Boston, quantify the current representatives of the US healthcare workforce and changes during the past 2 decades. Among the findings: The percentage of White men among physicians…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 19, 2021
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Joint Commission issues Quick Safety on diversity

Editor's Note The Joint Commission, on July 13, issued a new “Quick Safety Issue 60: Understanding the needs of diverse populations in your community.” To address the health and well-being of diverse populations in US communities, hospitals and medical centers can use the following safety actions and strategies: Requiring leadership…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 15, 2021
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More healthcare organizations mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for employees

Editor's Note Since listing the hospitals and health systems mandating COVID-19 vaccination for its employees on June 29 ( https://www.ormanager.com/briefs/growing-number-of-hospitals-healthcare-systems-mandating-covid-19-vaccinations-for-hcws/ ), Becker’s Hospital Review has added five more, bringing the number to 26. In chronological order, the five additional organizations that have added mandates as of July 8 are: Trinity Health, Livonia,…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 8, 2021
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Study: Hospital nurse staffing standards save lives, lower costs

Editor's Note This study led by Linda H. Aiken, PhD, from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, finds that establishing safe nurse staffing standards in hospitals in Chile could save lives, prevent readmissions, shorten hospital stays, and reduce costs. The researchers collected data from 1,652 nurses practicing in…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 7, 2021
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Healthcare employment down in June

Editor's Note Overall healthcare employment in the US was down in June to a seasonally adjusted 15,954,500 workers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on July 2. That’s down 12,200 since May. Hospital employment was down 5,500 jobs. The overall unemployment rate rose to 5.9%.

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By: Judy Mathias
July 7, 2021
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Growing number of hospitals, healthcare systems mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for HCWs

Editor's Note The number of hospitals and healthcare systems mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for their healthcare workers (HCWs) is growing, the June 29 Becker’s Hospital Review reports. In chronological order, the organizations that have announced mandates as of June 29 are: Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, will require its workforce of…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 29, 2021
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Patient care improves when leaders push for a culture of safety

Many ingredients go into the recipe for patient safety, and culture is one ingredient that is often overlooked. If the perioperative culture penalizes those who call out patient safety issues and doesn’t commit to continuous quality improvement (QI), it’s likely only a matter of time before a serious error occurs.…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
June 22, 2021
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Editorial

Communication is an underlying theme in several articles in this issue. We examine the concept from many different angles, but a common thread is its impact on safety—for patients and providers alike. In the COVID-19 era, safety has been a chief driver of decision making. Early in 2020, elective surgical…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
June 22, 2021
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Think ahead: Plan today for tomorrow's staffing gaps

Planning ahead isn’t always intuitive in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). However, when a business manager or clinical coordinator suddenly falls ill, announces plans to retire, or quits unexpectedly, ASC leaders need to respond nimbly and effectively. Someone has to step in and take over to make a seamless transition without…

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By: Jennifer Lubell
June 22, 2021
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