Weekly News Roundup: November 30

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Patient Safety In the News

A large health system uses 15-minute huddles to keep 23 hospitals aligned; medical device companies are in the news, and no, not in a good way; breast implant manufacturers are allowed to report issues in bulk; and the FDA’s guidelines for reporting problem devices is vague.

Then, some positives: a seven-step framework to create a culture of safety; a six-step evaluation procedure to manage an infection control breach; and lastly, 10 ways to reduce heart failure and COPD readmissions.

 

How a U.S. Healthcare System Uses 15-Minute Huddles to Keep 23 Hospitals Aligned

At Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare, ensuring the alignment of all these things to provide extraordinary care requires a constant regimented focus across its 23 hospitals, 170 clinics, and 850,000-member health insurance plan. To achieve that, it has implemented a model of daily huddles on an extensive scale.

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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.

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This Company Has Paid Millions to Settle Claims It Defrauded U.S. Government Health Programs. Now It’s Partnering With Canadian Public Hospitals

Medtronic began in a Minneapolis garage in 1949, where Earl Bakken, an electrical engineer, fixed lab equipment with his brother-in-law. In the late 1950s, Bakken created the first wearable, battery-powered pacemaker, an innovation that would help save millions of lives and set the small company on its way to become a global behemoth.

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Problems From Breast Implants Remain Hidden as Patients’ Questions Mount

To all the world, it looked like breast implants were safe. From 2008 to 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration publicly reported 200 or so complaints annually – a tiny fraction of the hundreds of thousands of implant surgeries done each year.

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Infection Control: 6 Steps to Managing a Breach

In 1999, the Institute of Medicine published the now famous report ” To Err Is Human,” which dropped a bombshell on the medical community by reporting that up to 98,000 people a year die because of mistakes in hospitals. The number was initially disputed but is now widely accepted.

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Check Your Medical Records For Dangerous Errors

Navigating Aging focuses on medical issues and advice associated with aging and end-of-life care, helping America’s 45 million seniors and their families navigate the health care system.

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Experts Say Expanded TAVI/TAVR Heart Valve Use Has Safety Risk

Jeanne McArdle was 85 when her doctor said that she needed her heart valve replaced. Not long before, her best option would have been open-heart surgery, to cut out her valve and sew in an artificial one.

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10 Ways To Reduce Heart Failure and COPD Readmissions

Improving clinical management of patients with both heart failure (HF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can lower cost of care, research published this month shows. Readmissions are among the most prominent areas to reduce cost of care. Earlier research found that a regional general hospital experienced negative total margins in both COPD and HF, costs that could have been avoided by limiting readmissions.

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