Study: Busy Surgeons Pose a Risk to Patient Safety

The report from Coverys takes a look at five years of closed medical malpractice claims data from 2014–2018 to provide insight into the root causes of surgery-related claims and evidence-based recommendations to help mitigate future risks in the delivery of care.

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Protect Medical Devices From a Cybersecurity Threat

A recent survey of approximately 60 C-level healthcare executives from CynergisTek brings the issue into sharper focus. Though about one-third of executives considered medical device security one of the top five risks facing healthcare, most reported they lack an effective strategy to assess the risks posed by medical devices.

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4 Ways You Haven’t Thought About Using Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Almost overnight, telehealth providers reported an upswing in demand as key barriers to widespread telehealth usage vanished, including consumer awareness and physician and consumer acceptance. To quell the spread of disease and direct patients to the most appropriate setting, the CMS changed access requirements and reimbursement restrictions, and many other payers have followed suit.

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Problem-Solving in Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Older People

Health literacy plays a key role in the management, control, and prevention of disease in general. However, it is of particular importance in diabetes, due to both the disease’s chronicity and its effect on quality of life. Effectively, health literacy levels directly influence overall quality of life, especially in the elderly population.

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Coronavirus: Tiered Staffing Recommended to Bolster Critical Care

To address the anticipated shortage of ICU staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, SCCM is proposing that U.S. hospitals adopt a tiered staffing model that integrates experience ICU personnel with reassigned hospital staff members. The integrated ICU personnel would be used to staff non-traditional ICUs created in repurposed hospital spaces such as post-anesthesia care units.

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Human Performance Limitations in Medicine: A Cognitive Focus (Part 2)

In this case study, with nearly 600 medication labels prepared per day, the atmosphere was rife for potential error. Many drugs have similar-sounding names, and during the labeling process the technician is likely to be multitasking, under time pressure, and subject to multiple interruptions (not to mention a consistently noisy environment).

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