Quality Improvement

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August 2021
Home Safety/Quality > Quality Improvement

US News & World Report releases best hospital rankings

Editor's Note US News & World Report on July 27 released its best hospital rankings for 2021-2022, with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, earning the top spot for the 6th year in a row. Rounding out the top five in the Honor Roll were: Cleveland Clinic UCLA Medical Center…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 29, 2021
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Cigna, Oscar Health to offer virtual-first primary care plan

Editor's Note Cigna and New York City-based Oscar Health will offer a virtual-first primary care plan next year in Georgia and Tennessee for small businesses, the July 22 Becker’s Hospital Review reports. The model, which will be available on some of the insurers’ joint plans, offers unlimited primary care provider…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 26, 2021
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The Joint Commission revises Sentinel Event definition, policy

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on July 21 announced new revisions to its Sentinel Event definition and policy that will apply to all accreditation and certification programs, except for Health Care Staffing Services and Integrated Care certification programs, effective January 1, 2022. The revisions clarify expectations regarding an organization’s partnership…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 22, 2021
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Aerosol generation during supraglottic airway insertion, removal

Editor's Note This study by researchers from the UK finds that insertion and removal of supraglottic airway devices for general anesthesia do not generate aerosols and should not be designated as aerosol generating procedures (AGPs). Working in an ultraclean environment, the researchers used a highly sensitive aerosol detector to measure…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 21, 2021
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ACS updates standards for children’s surgical care

Editor's Note The American College of Surgeons (ACS) announced the release of the second version of its Optimal Resources for Children’s Surgical Care manual on July 14 at the 2021 ACS Quality and Safety Conference. The updated standards include principles on hospital resources, quality improvement and safety processes, data collection,…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 20, 2021
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COVID-19 driving the move to regional anesthesia

Cancellations of some surgical procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic and case rescheduling have been a major focus for perioperative leaders. But changes are also occurring in anesthesia practices. For many surgical procedures, the use of regional anesthesia or nerve blocks, coupled with light sedation, is reported to double if the…

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By: Steven C. Eror
July 20, 2021
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Discover the power of language during the OR Manager Conference

Choosing words carefully to send the message that was intended is a critical skill in the high-stress environment of the OR. Frances Cole Jones, an expert in the nuances of language, will inspire OR Manager Conference attendees to think differently about how they communicate during her keynote address on October…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
July 20, 2021
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ENT leaders share innovative ideas to calm pediatric patients

Advancements in technology have made it easier to distract children and ease their fears when they are undergoing surgery, but managing this patient population presents unique challenges. To guide parents and children through the surgery experience, leaders at some ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) have turned to child life specialists, innovative…

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By: Jennifer Lubell
July 20, 2021
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Changes in admissions to addiction treatment facilities in California during COVID-19

Editor's Note This study from the University of California, Los Angeles, found that the COVID-19 pandemic was associated with a 28.3% decline in monthly addiction treatment initiations. Larger declines occurred in those: without Medicaid coverage (-10.8%) younger than 25 years (-15.6%) who were employed (-11.6%) with dependent living (-11.4%) with…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 15, 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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