mednewsWe know you’re busy, but we don’t want you to miss important healthcare quality and patient safety news. Below is a roundup of stories you may have missed but need to take a look at before calling it a week. (Sign up on the right if you’d like these news alerts delivered to you.)

  1. Killer Metric Separates Good Hospitals From Bad Researches now say that low mortality rates in three diagnoses may point to higher survival rates across the board in hospitals.  Access a paper prepared by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggesting that three publicly reported measures are actually keen indicators of a hospital’s overall performance.
  2. Patient Safety: Pay Now or Pay Later According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing professions rank in the top five occupations for the number of on-the-job musculoskeletal injuries that lead to missed days of work as well as long-term disorders and disability.  Read the national standards for safe patient handling introduced last week by the American Nurses Association  and find out why the organization says hospitals can’t afford not to invest in technologies that will help combat problems like this.
  3. ONC Releases Finalized Health IT Safety Plan The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology published the final version of its Health IT Patient Safety Action and Surveillance Plan, an extension of the Institute of Medicine’s 2011 report, Health IT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Care.  The  Health IT Safety Plan is intended to help healthcare providers, health IT developers,  patient safety organizations (PSOs)and accrediting bodies broaden their knowledge of health IT safety and ensure that such technology is used to make care safer.
  4. Report Explores EDIS Patient Safety Concerns Learn what seven recommendations have been made in a paper published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine to improve the safety of emergency department information systems that too often leave the door open for communication failures, wrong-patient errors and alert fatigue.