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. ICU Transfer Checklist Improves Patient Safety
    A study performed at the Mayo Clinic shows that a standardized checklist for transferring neuroscience intensive care unit patients to other departments in a hospital can improve medication reconciliation and decrease the amount of time a urinary catheter must be in use. Read the study abstract and learn why researchers say the template could be easily implemented in other ICUs as well.
  2. Red Coats, Unrestricted Visits are Small Steps in Patient Experience Overhaul at Cleveland Clinic
    In five years, the Cleveland Clinic has jumped from the 30th percentile to 74th percentile for patient satisfaction. Discover what huge impact some the hospital’s simplest tactics have had on how their patients feel about the care they’ve received.
  3. Updating the Classics: Urgent Business Then and Now
    Two pioneers in the Patient Safety Movement tackle the “Are we there yet?” question. Michael Millenson and Bob Wachter share new research and explain the significance of the industry’s better understanding of patient safety problems as well as its enhanced appreciation for the level of patience and perseverance it takes to effect cultural change. Find out why they believe a focus on diagnostic errors and increased use of health information technology are going to be key in defining future progress in the patient safety arena.
  4. Septicemia Tops List of 10 Most Expensive Inpatient Conditions
    According to the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, the bill for Septicemia in U.S. hospitals reached $20.3 billion in 2011 representing 5.2 percent of total inpatient costs. Find out what other pricey conditions made this menacing top-10 list.
  5. Disruptive Nurses Lead to Better Outcomes
    Sharon Schindler Rising, CEO and president at The Centering Healthcare Institute, believes increased focus on patient satisfaction, patient engagement and the patient-centered medical home make now the perfect time to transform care through disruptive design. Read about the first program Rising implemented, using her “Centering” model of healthcare, and why 20 years later this group-oriented model is gaining attention and momentum.