Posts Tagged ‘Patient Safety’

In Hurricane’s Wake, Decisions Not to Evacuate Hospitals Raise Questions

Sunday, November 4, 2012 16:42 No Comments

Guest Post by Sheri Fink, ProPublica
At 9:30 p.m. Monday, Eugene Tangney burst into a meeting of doctors at the command center for Long Island’s North Shore-LIJ hospital system. Ceiling tiles creaked in the wind and television screens showed images of Hurricane Sandy slamming into New York City.
“NYU called,” Tangney said. “They want to evacuate. I […]

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Patient-Centric Care at the Hub of Telehealth

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 11:50 1 Comment

By Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA

The conundrum continued behind conference doors last week at the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) conference in Tampa about the efficacy of mobile phone usage to improve patient health.
Lively discussions followed about the ROI for chronic disease management through mobile health and outcomes for remote patient monitoring focusing on whether telemedicine […]

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Time to Eliminate Dangerous Injection Practices by Clinicians

Thursday, April 28, 2011 21:25 4 Comments

By Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA

Thanks to Laura Landro for shining light on unsafe injections in her WSJ blog, “Unsafe Injection Practices Persist Despite Education Efforts.”
Landro writes:
“A new push is underway to eliminate unsafe injection practices, which remain a persistent safety problem despite years of efforts to educate clinicians about the risks of re-using needles, […]

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Teamwork in Medicine is Critical for Quality Patient Care

Friday, July 9, 2010 14:59 No Comments

By Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA
From KevinMD’s medical blog, guest post by Toni Brayer, MD shares a story where a team approach in medicine is critical for quality patient care.
Dr. Bryer writes:
“Medicine is a team sport and it is only when the team is humming and everyone is working together that patients can have good […]

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Transparency is Critical for Safe Quality Patient Care

Thursday, October 1, 2009 10:55 No Comments

By Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA
Paul Levy, CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston is determined to eliminate preventable harm to patients by increasing transparency.
Documented on the BIDMC’s website, a list of hospital wide measures including infections, hand hygiene and nursing care are highlighted.  Keeping track of central line infections, hand hygiene, […]

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