At Arnot Ogden Medical Center, a not-for-profit, 256-bed tertiary medical facility in Elmira, New York, we’ve long used traditional telemetry devices and methods in our four cardiology units to monitor patients’ vital signs. But we also wanted to give this added layer of protection to other hospital patients without incurring the costs of installing telemetry systems.
Recent results from The AMN 2019 Survey of Registered Nurses highlight the pressures and challenges RNs face daily. These challenges include the effects of working second jobs, the experiences of bullying and workplace violence, and concerns about how their jobs affect their health. Because of these and other stressors, 44% of the RN respondents say they often feel like quitting.
The study features survey and interview data collected from 253 Massachusetts adults who had experienced a medical error personally or through a family member. Open communication was defined with six elements, including acknowledgment of the error, whether the error was discussed openly and truthfully, and whether the error was discussed in terms that were easily understood.
An investigation by the Dublin, Ohio-based medical supplier determined that some gowns were produced in unapproved locations with improper environmental conditions, were not registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and did not pass Cardinal Health standards.
Most Americans encounter the healthcare system in their first seconds of life, as they emerge into the world at one of our birthing hospital units. For many, their last seconds are also spent as a patient in a hospital. Nationally, healthcare appears to be delivered at a 2%–4% error rate, with over 18 million adverse events occurring per year. Yet despite two decades of intensive quality improvement work at hospitals, little has changed for the better.
By: Jordan Rosenfeld Medical alarms are meant to alert medical staff when a patient’s condition requires immediate attention. Unfortunately, there are so many false alarms — they’re false as much as 72% to 99% percent of the time — that they lead to alarm fatigue in nurses and other healthcare professionals. One study found that … Continued
Skin antiseptic products are used to reduce bacterial burden on skin prior to performing invasive medical procedures, such as injections or surgical incisions. In this role, skin antiseptics, including alcohol, iodine, and chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG), are part of the frontline in infection control. [i],[ii],[iii],[iv],[v] As our understanding of factors leading to infection has evolved, so … Continued
Partnership between professionals and patients to maintain communication and health literacy can improve healthcare safety. However, involving and committing patients to their health requires professionals to possess broad skills.
Hospital leaders must adopt safety and quality as primary business strategies, rather than regarding them as tertiary metrics that rank below finances and other stressors on the C suite’s list of top priorities, according to Derek Feeley, president and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
The survey, conducted from July to August 2019, found that improving patient safety is among hospital leaders’ top three priorities over the next two years. Yet the survey also found that only 20% of hospital executives said their organization is a “safety innovator,” meaning it has the resources committed to provide state-of-the-art patient safety management.