Fatigue in Healthcare – Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of July 7, 2014)

Each week the Healthcare Leaders chat (#HCLDR) is fabulous, covering relevant fascinating topics of great interest to me. I can't highlight them every week, but I am often tempted to do so. This one was huge — how do we manage fatigue when it impacts on doctors, nurses, residents, students? Excellent #HCLDR chat today on … Continue reading Fatigue in Healthcare – Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of July 7, 2014)

Webinar: Team training and patient safety

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will host a 1-hour webinar on the use of the agency’s teamwork training program, TeamSTEPPS® & what evidence is available to demonstrate the program’s efficacy in improving patient safety.  David Baker, Ph.D., TeamSTEPPS® Master Trainer & Senior Vice President at IMPAQ International, will discuss the following objectives: … Continue reading Webinar: Team training and patient safety

AHRQ Update: Making Health Care Safer II

The AHRQ has put out an updated Making Health Care Safer report as a sequel to the initial 2001 report.  The influential and controversial 2001 report became the cornerstone of many patient safety practices, but many safety indicators haven't improved as much as was hoped.  As a result, the current report sought to look at … Continue reading AHRQ Update: Making Health Care Safer II

Patient & family engagement in hospital quality & safety

From the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ): A new online resource from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) helps hospitals improve quality and safety by building productive partnerships between health care professionals, patients, and family members. Patient and family engagement is a critical part of what hospitals should already be doing.  The Guide to … Continue reading Patient & family engagement in hospital quality & safety

Hazards leading to surgical site infections at ambulatory surgical centers

From the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ): A recently completed AHRQ-funded study explores the use of a proactive risk assessment to identify hazards that can lead to surgical site infections in the ambulatory surgery center setting. Select to access the report, “Proactive Risk Assessment of Surgical Site Infections in Ambulatory Surgery Centers,”which describes the … Continue reading Hazards leading to surgical site infections at ambulatory surgical centers

Taubman Librarian Acknowledged in American Heart Association Scientific Statement

In the August 5th issue of Circulation, the magazine of the American Heart Association, our very own Whitney Townsend was lauded for her contributions to the latest scientific statement from the American Heart Association: Patient Safety in the Cardiac Operating Room: Human Factors and Teamwork. Working in tandem with a team of librarians from a wide range … Continue reading Taubman Librarian Acknowledged in American Heart Association Scientific Statement

Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture (SOPS) Database Reopening

AHRQ's Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture (SOPS) Database will soon be reopening for submission and reporting of Hospital SOPS data. The database was specifically made to gather the "AHRQ Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture into a central repository." Beginning in October 2013, data from Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety can be submitted. AHRQ's projected … Continue reading Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture (SOPS) Database Reopening

AHRQ News: 2013 TeamSTEPPSR National Conference

From the AHRQ Daily Digest Bulletin: Call for Presenters for 2013 TeamSTEPPSR National Conference Deadline is December 21 Are you passionate about TeamSTEPPS? The TeamSTEPPS National Conference organizers are looking for presenters who wish to share their stories about any new, innovative and engaging ways they are using team training to improve patient safety in … Continue reading AHRQ News: 2013 TeamSTEPPSR National Conference

Many injury-related hospital stays among elderly result in readmission

From AHRQ: A new AHRQ-funded study finds that about one in seven elderly patients (14 percent) admitted to the hospital for an injury will be readmitted within 30 days.  The study examined 2006 data from hospitals in 11 states for admissions with a principal diagnosis of injury using AHRQ’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project State … Continue reading Many injury-related hospital stays among elderly result in readmission

More avoidable deaths in the US than in three European countries

From Health Affairs: Amenable mortality—deaths that could have been avoided with timely and appropriate health care—accounts for 21 percent of deaths among men and 30 percent of deaths among women under the age of 75 in several high-income countries. A new study from Health Affairs, released today as a Web First, compared mortality rates in … Continue reading More avoidable deaths in the US than in three European countries