Several years ago while attending an executive retreat for senior hospital leadership from around the United States, my conversation with a CEO from a large southeast academic institution turned to medical errors.
Despite a national push toward the use of health information technology and increasing use of the Internet for medical information, not much is known about the knowledge and use of these applications by high school students (Thoenes, et al., 2006).
MRI suites hold unique dangers for patients and staff. Today’s high-strength clinical MRI scanners are up to 60,000 times the strength of the Earth’s own ambient magnetic field.
I was amused by a headline in a recent edition of a Chicago newspaper that read, “City Council considers ban on frying food in trans fat oils…” Can you imagine? Could this be another government regulation stating the obvious and trying to protect us from what we already know?
Call it election year politics or just sheer luck, but both houses of the United States Congress passed healthcare information technology (HIT) bills in less than a year.
Cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States. The American Heart Association estimates that this year 250,000 Americans will die of sudden cardiac arrest before reaching a hospital. That’s 680 deaths each day; one death every 2 minutes.
Jeff Hardy interviewed Valli Washburn, RN, director of emergency and intensive care services at Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center, a 334-bed facility in Glendale, California. Washburn led the planning process for designing what is now called the “Clinical Nursing Worktable” installed in the intensive care unit at Glendale Memorial Hospital.
Designing a new hospital or medical center around patient safety principles is the most important challenge facing facility planners and architects today. A facility’s layout, equipment, and furnishings strongly influence the effectiveness of care, safety, and satisfaction of patients and caregivers.
Participation in utilization management (UM) activities provides physicians who conduct peer clinical reviews with opportunities for experience and training in applying evidence-based medicine (EBM) principles to clinical practice and healthcare decisions (Davis, et al.,2003; Coomarasamy & Khan, 2004).
Cost considerations are now so integral to our healthcare debates that their absence might make us feel as if something important were missing. Despite the intensity of these discussions, there have been few effective solutions to control or reduce healthcare expenditures.