Florida Hospitals and Surgeons Launch Ambitious Initiative to Improve Health Care Quality

Florida hospitals and surgeons launched a significant new initiative to
improve patient safety and the quality of surgical care while reducing
costs throughout the state. The Florida Surgical Care Initiative
(FSCI), a joint initiative of the Florida Hospital Association (FHA)
and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and its Florida chapter, is
a unique statewide collaboration that will focus on reducing surgical
complications and improving the quality of care in participating
hospitals.

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Beyond Center Stage at HIMSS

The annual conference of the Health Information and Management Systems Society, HIMSS, is notorious for its size. This year’s event — March 1-4 in Atlanta — drew 27,855 health IT professionals, clinicians, and vendor representatives. The Exhibit Hall featured 934 companies and was packed most of the time.

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Distractions and Interruptions: Impact on Nursing

Distractions and Interruptions: Impact on Nursing

Working at the point of care, nurses play a key role in the delivery of safe, quality healthcare. Acute care nurses have to make timely and relevant clinical decisions, yet work within environmental conditions that are conducive to error.  A recent study showed that nurses on average were interrupted 3 to 6 times every hour by people, pagers, telephone, etc (Potter et al., 2005). The potential impact of interruptions and distractions includes medical and medication errors, ineffective delivery of care, conflict and stress among health professionals, latent failures, and poor outcomes.

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Documentation: The Clinical Integration Specialist

Documentation

The Clinical Integration Specialist: Improving Patient Care in the Energency Department

In an article posted to the Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare blog (Weygandt, 2009), we addressed a critical function for patient safety and quality: accurately communicating clinical information in real time by incorporating the clinical documentation specialist (CDS) as a key member of the clinical team.

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Trends: Sentara Supports Its Commitment to High Quality Care and Patient Safety with Biomedical Device Integration

Trends

Sentara Supports Its Commitment to High Quality Care and Patient Safety with Biomedical Device Integration

Sentara is a national leader in patient safety and quality care innovation, operating in over 100 care sites in Virginia and North Carolina. Sentara is one of the most progressive and integrated healthcare organizations in the nation with a culture of safety focused on error and injury reduction through simplified rules of behavior for everyone working in the environment of care.

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