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. Septic Shock Treatment Protocols Challenged
    New research supports the delivery of a less aggressive and less expensive treatment for septic shock. Find out how this could impact protocols currently endorsed by the National Quality Forum and International Surviving Sepsis Campaign. If you’re having trouble with the link to the report published in the NEJM, just click here.
  2. EHRs May Help Save Lives from Sepsis
    While we’re on the topic of sepsis, read more about the work that a UC Davis research team is doing to develop a sepsis-risk algorithm that can be calculated within the EHR based on routine health data including blood pressure, respiratory rate, temperature, white blood cell count and lactate level. Researchers say that such measures not only could point to the level of treatment needed to avoid this serious illness but could even save the lives of certain patients who are more prone to death due to sepsis.
  3. ISMP Issues Best Practices for Medication Safety
    Download the Institute for Safe Medication Practices’ 2014-15 Targeted Medication Safety Best Practices for Hospitals, now available on the agency’s website.
  4. How the ONC is Working Toward Interoperability
    Doug Fridsma, MD, PhD, defines interoperability and gives an overview of the ONC’s work to develop interoperability standards that allow for the purposeful exchange of information that will improve care delivery and operational efficiency while helping organizations meet meaningful use requirements.
  5. Nursing-Home Pitfalls
    New York Times columnist, Chuck Klosterman, aka “The Ethicist,” considers the effects of a new technique being used in nursing homes to protect patients with dementia. Read about the thought process he suggests providers go through in order to perpetuate a balance between dignity and utility for patients and caregivers.