• Coronavirus: How Dartmouth-Hitchcock Is Reopening Paused Services

    As the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic spread across the country in March, many health systems and hospitals suspended some outpatient services and most elective surgeries. Now, most of these organizations are seeking to reactivate paused services without endangering patients and staff. Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s strategy could serve as a blueprint for other health systems that were not innundated with COVID-19 patients.

  • Cal/OSHA Issues Guidance for Hospitals on Aerosol Transmissible Disease Standard

    California’s Aerosol Transmissible Disease standard requires that employers protect workers at healthcare facilities and other services and operations from airborne diseases like COVID-19 and tuberculosis, influenza, and pertussis (whooping cough). There is no corresponding federal standard.

  • EHRs Fail to Detect Up to One-third of Medication Errors

    Researchers at the University of Utah Health, Harvard University, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston found that the most commonly used EHRs in hospitals across the nation fail to detect up to 33% of potentially dangerous drug interactions and other medication errors that could harm or kill patients.

  • Physician Advocate: Coronavirus Pandemic Shows Need to Ease Regulatory Burdens

    The pandemic has compounded the stress and burnout physicians were already experiencing from regulatory burdens, he says. “Prior to the pandemic, onerous regulations made it difficult to enjoy practicing medicine and hindered the physician-patient relationship, which 78.7% of physicians regard as the most satisfying part of their job, according to our 2018 Survey of America’s Physicians.”

  • Bullying is Rife Among Surgical Residents, Especially for Women

    Researchers from the American College of Surgeons and Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center at Northwestern University, both in Chicago, surveyed U.S. 6,956 general surgery residents and found that 67% of respondents have experienced at least one bullying behavior during their time as a resident.