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Monthly Archives: July 2015


News Corner: No Sale! Emergency Departments Take Steps to Halt Drug Shoppers

With addiction to prescription medicines, especially painkillers, reaching epidemic proportions, hospital emergency departments (EDs) are looking for ways to better track and stop patients who demonstrate drug-seeking behaviors, aka “drug shoppers.” The most recent attempt at curbing addicts from obtaining…

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Invest in Nurses for Better Patient Care

With the introduction of HCAHPS scoring, government and insurers have become focused on holding hospitals accountable for patient care and satisfaction, with the hope that financial repercussions will incentivize doctors and hospitals to provide better patient care. As the number…

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News Corner: National Alert Calls for Uniform Medication Dosing to Reduce Errors

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) recently released a national alert calling for uniform scales when measuring liquid medications. This alert followed a fatal incident when a nurse mistakenly administered an…

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The Key to HCAHPS Ratings: Satisfied Nurses

Nurses play an important role in determining the level of satisfaction patients feel about the care they received while in the hospital.  With reimbursement by Medicare being tied to patient satisfaction through the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and…

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News Corner: 21st Century Cures Act Part 3: Bill Advances to Senate

On July 10th, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the 21st Century Cures Act by a 344-77 margin. As outlined in previous Transform Healthcare posts, this bill looks to bring drugs to market quicker through advancing medical innovation and holds…

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Medical Device Interoperability Plays Key Role in Patient Safety

How important is medical device interoperability when it comes to patient safety?  The answer is very important.  According to a survey of 500 nurses from the Gary and Mary West Health Institute, half have witnessed a medical error due to…

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Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns—And How to Address Them

ECRI Institute has released its most recent list of the top ten patient safety concerns facing healthcare institutions today. Many of these affect a broad spectrum of healthcare settings, including acute care hospitals, outpatient services, nursing homes and hospice care….

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News Corner: How Martha Jefferson Hospital Is Reducing Medication Errors

As methodologies continue to evolve in order to reduce medication errors, hospitals are increasingly looking for new ways to change workflows to improve patient safety on the floor. Case in point, Martha Jefferson Hospital in Virginia is implementing a couple…

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Want to Be a Travel Nurse? The Market Is Hot Right Now

If you have considered a career as a travel nurse, now may be a good time to start. According to USA Today, industry analysts say demand for travel nurses is at a 20-year high. Travel nurses work in hospitals and…

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8 Tips for Implementing Carousel Technology in Your Hospital

Carousel technology is able to greatly improve medication safety and efficiency of pharmacy inventory management by automating the storage, distribution and ordering of medication. Despite the advantages of pharmacy carousels, the transition to a fully automated system takes effort and…

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