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. How One Rural Hospital Prevents Patient Falls
    Learn what simple and inexpensive tactics one small Illinois hospital used to educate, engage and empower its entire staff to embrace its “All Hands on Deck” falls prevention program and work together to drastically reduce the facility’s number of falls from 15 in 2009 to 1 in 2013.
  2. Why Hospitals Want Patients to Ask Doctors, ‘Have You Washed Your Hands?’
    It’s simple. Clean hands save lives; yet, research shows that only 50 percent of hospital staff comply with hand-washing protocols. Read why engaging the patient is critical to instilling a culture of safety even in this age of electronic sensors, thermal imaging and video cameras.
  3. Two-Midnight Rule Creates Financial Hurdles, Perverse Incentives
    With the two-midnight rule now in effect, hospitals are faced with having to choose between “right and revenue.” Read why health leaders nationwide are concerned about this policy, which seems to punish hospitals for being efficient, and how they believe the new definition of “inpatient” will impact care and the bottom line.
  4. Enhanced Protocol Reduced MRSA by 37 Percent
    Access the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality’s new Universal ICU Decolonization Toolkit that emerged following the REDUCE MRSA Trial during which participating hospitals slashed MRSA by 37 percent and prompted a dramatic decrease in bloodstream infections across the board.