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. Reducing C. diff: Everyone Has a Part to Play
    Find out why Dr. Brian Koll, Medical Director and Chief of Infection Prevention at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, believes that preventing Clostridium difficile demands a different approach than other healthcare-associated infections.
  2. Bringing Nurses Back to the Bedside: How Novant Health Tripled Direct Patient Care Time
    Learn what steps one North Carolina healthcare system took to redefine and reinforce its care team models so that nurses went from spending only a couple of hours a day in direct care with patients to spending 72 percent of their time in patient rooms. Also, discover what impact this system redesign has had on patient safety and satisfaction.
  3. New PCORI, NIH Study to Examine Fall Prevention Strategies
    The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and National Institute on Aging (NIA) announced they will partner in a five-year, $30 million study aimed at measuring the effectiveness of patient-centered strategies to reduce fall-related injuries in older adults.
  4. VIDEO: 3 Words That Every Doctor Dreads: They Changed This Physician Forever
    While this video isn’t brand new, its message is as relevant as ever. Take a moment to soak in Dr. Brian Goldman’s reflections and try to imagine a healthcare culture in which all practitioners and clinicians could confidently and openly share the hardest lessons they’ve had to learn.
  5. AHRQ Introduces “Community Pharmacy Survey on Patient Safety Culture”
    The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality has developed a new survey focused on measuring the extent to which community pharmacies promote a culture of patient safety. After conducting a pilot pharmacy survey in 2012, the agency is making the Community Pharmacy Survey on Patient Safety Culture available to community pharmacies nationwide.