Weekly News Roundup: March 1, 2019

Steps Forward in Patient Safety

Nurses’ Long Hours, Moonlighting Could Pose Patient Safety Risk

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Many new nurses work long hours, put in overtime and hold down second jobs, all factors that could jeopardize patient safety and their own well-being, a new study suggests. A number of forces have affected nurses and the hours they work in recent years. Read More

Black Boxes in the OR: Taking a Page from the Airline Industry to Improve Surgical Safety

Long used in aviation, black boxes are beginning to be used in another high-stakes location – the operating room. The Ottawa Hospital is installing one as part of a research project aimed at improving communications and safety. The research project is being led by Dr. Sylvain Boet, a scientist and anesthetist at The Ottawa Hospital and associate professor at the University of Ottawa. Read More

Hundreds Rally for Nurse and Patient Safety at Providence Sacred Heart

SPOKANE, Wash. – Hundreds of registered nurses, patients and supporters in Spokane are demonstratomg for nurse and patienty safety to be a top priority before corporate profits. 1,900 registered nurses at Sacred Heart are taking their concerns about nurse staffing and safe patient care to the community they serve. Read More

Geisinger Physicians Develop Patient Safety Program to End Preventable Death

Physicians with the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton, Pa., co-chaired a task force that has created a patient safety curriculum. Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine Assistant Chair for Internal Medicine Margrit Shoemaker, MD, and Commonwealth School of Medicine President/Dean Steven Scheinman, MD, co-chaired the task force. Read More

PSQH Innovation Awards Winner: Thibodaux Regional Medical Center Transforms Orthopedic Care Processes – Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare

By Jay Kumar Editor’s note: The first annual PSQH Innovation Awards recognize healthcare organizations who overcame quality improvement challenges. In this article, we highlight the submissions selected as the winners, including the top innovator, Thibodaux (Louisiana) Regional Medical Center. Read More

Safety Culture in Healthcare: A 7-Step Framework

In 2016 the total cost burden for patient harm in the U.S. was $146 billion. Of these adverse events, 30 to 70 percent were potentially avoidable, leaving a significant opportunity for healthcare to improve patient safety. Read More