Discharge Disaster? Shoeless Patient Abandoned Out In The Cold and Dark

While there are a lot of what-ifs about the incident, “we technically don’t know what happened during the encounter,” notes Frank Ruelas, MBA, a patient safety professional and HIPAA consultant who founded HIPAA College in Arizona. “However, there is enough information for us to consider asking questions on how we may have managed this patient if she had presented at our respective ED within our respective hospitals.”

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Why Do Healthcare Workers Report to Work When Sick?

Recent study makes the assertion that illness transmission by healthcare employees represents a grave public health hazard. By John Palmer It’s no secret that that healthcare can be a dirty profession. So why is it that despite the warnings about the dangers of not wearing appropriate protection around hazardous drugs and infectious diseases, workers still … Continued

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Q & A: The Hospital, The Law, And The Patient

The Utah case was an example of everything that could go wrong in a law enforcement/healthcare interaction. However, these two groups often have to work closely together. And if a patient comes in who is under arrest, providers need to know the extent and constraints of the law.

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Communication: A Critical Healthcare Competency

Strong communication among healthcare team members has been shown to influence the quality of working relationships and job satisfaction, and clear communication about task division and responsibilities has been linked to reduced workforce turnover, particularly among nursing staff.

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