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How to Stay and Keep Others Safe When Visiting a Hospital
Everyone has a role in fighting hospital or health care-associated infections. Here’s what infection-prevention teams are doing in response — and you can, as well.
Stressing Global Awareness Improves Prevention of Infectious Diseases
Ansha, a 28-year-old mother of two with a third on the way retraces her experience with a harrowing eye infection — a shockingly common story in northern Ethiopia.
Improving Patient Wellness by Empowering Nurses
Nurses are our front line of patient care, so leading hospitals are providing them with the tools to speak up and effect real change.
A Plastic Surgery Boom Means Patients Must Do Their Homework
As more medical practitioners expand into aesthetic procedures, proper training and experience is a must to reduce risk and protect patient safety.
How One Boy's Preventable Death is Fueling the Fight Against Sepsis
In an effort to halt sepsis, the story of a young boy’s tragic encounter is fueling the campaign to spread critical awareness farther.
Why Cosmetic Patients Should Choose Credentials Over Convenience
Cosmetic procedures are increasingly offered by doctors who do not have the right training. As a patient, that poses a risk that’s rarely worth the money saved.
Captain Sully: 'Winging It' Is Not Enough
Captain "Sully” Sullenberger draws parallels between aviation and healthcare risks, explaining the need for highly-trained professionals in both fields of work.
6 Ways to Decrease the Risk of Surgical Site Infection
Surgical site infections are not only dangerous and the most common of all hospital-acquired infections, but also the most expensive. Here’s how patients can mitigate their risk and remain in charge of their well-being.
Collaboration Over Competition: Making Children’s Hospitals Safer
Half of the nation’s children’s hospitals are binding together to help reduce medical errors and unnecessary loss.
How Health Care Laundry Impacts Patient Survival
While many industries have a need to provide clean linens for their clients, for health care professionals properly cleaned laundry can be a matter of life or death.
4 Questions to Ask Before Your Next Anesthetic
Anesthesia is safe and uneventful for the majority of patients. Yet rare adverse events can still occur and patients need to know what to ask preoperatively.
In Hospitals, Hand Hygiene Is a Life-Or-Death Issue
According to the CDC, around 722,000 health care-associated infections occur in U.S. hospitals each year. Good hand hygiene is one key to solving the problem.
How Clinical Trials Determine the Safety of Your Medical Device
Valued at $133 billion in the U.S., medical devices like heart valves and orthopedics are a significant part of the health care industry.
Finding Your Trusted Partner in Urologic Health
There are many people who walk around feeling embarrassed or uncomfortable about their bodies. They have questions, or feel scared, but aren’t sure who to trust.
Pushing Hospitals Toward Zero Patient Harm
Hand hygiene is not where it should be in today’s health care environment. According to research, hand-hygiene compliance lies at less than 50 percent at most hospitals.
How Digital Records Affect Your Safety at the Hospital
In recent years, you may have noticed a new feature in the exam room: a computer, where your doctor or nurse reviews and enters information as they talk with you.
What Happens When Patients Are Comfortable Asking for Help?
Better, safer care requires creating a culture in which staff and patients are encouraged to speak up, and improve together.
Essential Wound Care for People with Diabetes
Managing wound care is crucial for those with diabetes. Mastering the do's and don’ts will ensure you have zero regrets.
Robert Herjavec Sizes up Health Care's Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity experts agree: the weakest link in any computer system is the user.
How Health IT Is Keeping Patients Out of the Hospital
Health care is transitioning to value-driven care and payment models. At the center of this evolution is the technology that supports targeted, preventative treatments.
4 Reminders to Help You Choose the Safest Hospital
Hospitals are complex, busy places staffed by professionals who care deeply about their patients. But some hospitals are better than others at protecting their patients from harm.
How We Elevate the Quality and Safety of Patient Care
Patient safety is not a project. It is an ongoing effort to constantly improve how we deliver care with minimal opportunity for error.
When Opioid Use Goes Unmonitored, We All Feel the Pain
Over 600,000 patients experience opioid-related respiratory depression and only 20 percent will survive. The solution? Integrating clinical knowledge with continuous monitoring, to catch adverse events before they occur.
3 Tips for Staying Safe During Your Next Hospital Stay
Recent studies show medical errors as the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Both patients and providers should take steps to reduce the likelihood of harm.
Continuous Monitoring May Help Detect Life Threatening Infections Earlier
Sepsis or SIRS is at the tip of caregivers’ tongues when it comes to modern hospital safety. Innovative technology might help in its early detection.
How Big of a Public Health Issue Is Patient Safety?
Alicia Cole went to the hospital for routine surgery. She didn’t think her procedure would ultimately lead to many more.
Who’s Poised to Care for the Aging Boomer Population?
For people of all ages, our health care needs change as we grow and develop.
Hospital Safety: What to Consider When You’re Expecting
In the U.S., a baby is born every seven seconds. But not all those births are the same.
The Little-Known, Silent Epidemic of Non-Healing Wounds
Many are unaware they are at high risk for non-healing wounds, which, if left untreated, can lead to infections with hospitalization, amputation and death.
Measuring Hospital Care By the Decibel
Excessive false- or non-actionable signals can desensitize clinicians to important alarms, setting them up to miss critical responsibilities and putting patients at risk.
5 Wound Care Myths That Do Serious Damage
Clearing the air on prevailing misconceptions surrounding difficult-to-heal wounds is its own remedy. If you’re an at-risk patients, put these realities to use.
Disinfecting Robots Ensure the Sick Don’t Get Sicker
Many hospitals are turning to UV disinfecting robots to help offset human error, such as missed hand washing opportunities, which tend to result in infections.
Bill Clinton: How to Save 200,000 Lives
Former President Bill Clinton gives his vote of support to patient safety measures that are saving lives.
An Untimely Death Spurs a Timely Mission
The tragic death of Louise Batz after a routine procedure prompted her family to advocate for change.
Putting Patients First: Improving Care Outcomes in 2015
Recent headlines about antibiotic-resistant superbugs might make people wonder how to stay safe when receiving medical care.
Is Your Medical Vacation Safe?
It’s no secret that many Americans travel outside the country for various cosmetic surgeries and medical procedures, but that popularity doesn’t always ensure that those procedures are safe.
Having A Detailed Conversation Is Crucial to a Safer Anesthesia Experience
The thought of “going under” shouldn't overwhelm you with anxiety. Surgery and anesthesia are actually safer than ever. The key is being prepared.
Zero Is the New Standard: Eliminating Preventable Deaths
Joe Kiani, founder of the Patient Safety Movement, explains why zero preventable deaths can and should be the new standard.
Keeping Hospitals in Good Health
A major focus in patient safety is reducing and eliminating hospital-acquired conditions—or as we call them, HACs.
Bar Code Technology: A Safeguard Against Medical Mishaps
Advancements in medical technology are helping hospitals reduce human error in the operating room.
Preventing Medical Mistakes: Culture, Transparency and Learning
A health care organization that values patient safety encourages professionals, workers, patients and families to speak up when they have concerns.
Keeping Patients Safe with Proactive Patient Monitoring
Going to the hospital is never easy, but knowing that your loved ones are being proactively monitored is reassuring. Here’s why.
4 Ways to Protect Your Family from Harm in the Hospital
Medical errors can occur in a wide variety of health care settings. Those that happen in hospitals can have dire consequences.
Patient Safety: What’s Going Wrong?
A recent study found that in the U.S., preventable hospital errors lead to 50 deaths every hour. Three industry experts are looking to dramatically lower that number in 2015.
11 Questions You Should Ask Before a Surgery
Anesthesia has grown safer over the last fifty years. However, there are questions you should run by a professional before going under the knife.
Checking In: The Importance of Hospital Credentialing
Credentialing ensures everyone from medical staff to vendors and visitors are authorized to be on-site.
Dr. Richard Carmona Weighs In on Improving Patient Safety
Through better communication between patients and providers, patient safety can be improved.
While You Were Sleeping: Nurse Anesthetists Prevent Pain with Technology
Unsung but dedicated, nurse anesthetists are using new technology and training to protect patient safety and comfort.
Innovative Apps Bring Front-Line Staff and Patients Together
It’s been nearly two decades since the Institute of Medicine revealed that 98,000 Americans were losing their lives every year to preventable medical errors. Where do we stand today?
5 Tips to be an Effective Advocate for Your Own Health
If medical error is to become a thing of the past, the power lies in the hands of the patients. Find out what you can do to make healthcare safer.
6 Tips for Choosing a Safe Hospital
When it comes to quality care, you do have a choice. Follow this criteria and weigh your options before admitting yourself to a hospital.
Health Care Simulation Is Essential for Patient Safety
All health care practices depend on human performance and are therefore susceptible to human error. However, it is possible to limit the potential for error by managing risks directly related to clinical training.
Know the Risks: The Toll of Preventable Medical Mistakes
There are more deaths in hospitals each year from preventable medical mistakes than there are from vehicle accidents, breast cancer and AIDS.
A Father’s Vow to Prevent the Preventable
After a medical error claimed the life of his young daughter, Christopher Jerry honors her short life by helping others.
Zero Patients Harmed: The Promising Future of Healthcare
Commitment to zero patient harm and preventable death is the first step towards achieving it.
Top 6 Tips Before Going Under the Knife
What you do before surgery makes a difference in how well you do after surgery.
What to Know to Ensure Patient Safety
Improving patient safety requires continuous learning and constant communication between caregivers, organizations and patients. Everyone has a role in patient safety and everyone will benefit from its successes.
Safe and Sound: The Ultimate Patient Safety Checklist
Hospitals are the sites of many safety-related patient injuries and deaths. Before, during, and after a stay at the hospital, it is up to you to be a proactive patient and to protect yourself from possible harm.
5 Lifesaving Lessons in Patient Safety
Top tips to prevent diagnostic error, one of the most common medical mishaps.
Building a Rounded Approach to Secure Modern Hospitals
While the gains we have achieved are impressive, there are still far too many harms occurring throughout the health care system.
How We Stop the Leading Causes of Hospital Deaths
Many may be unaware that preventable medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. How are you at risk?
Attitude Plays Crucial Role in Coping with Diabetic Wounds
Dana Davis has lived with diabetes for 40 years, but she refuses to let it define her.
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