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 may want 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. Medical Errors Hit Home
    Chicago health IT journalist, Neil Versel, shares a personal account of his family’s experiences with two drastically different healthcare facilities at the end of his father’s courageous battle with a rare and debilitating neurodegenerative disease. In addition to working to support education and research surrounding the condition that killed his father, Versel is committed to inspiring all hospitals to deliver compassionate, well coordinated care to patients.
  2. Open Visitation in Area Hospital ICUs Comforts Patients, Relatives
    While restrictive visitation policies in ICUs are no doubt the norm, one Chattanooga hospital has found that letting family members visit the ICU as they want is not the safety risk that people have assumed for years but actually makes patients happier. Learn more about how Erlanger Hospital’s expanded visitation hours are impacting patients, family and staff.
  3. Hospitals’ Hand Washing Strategies Effective in Reducing Patient Infection Rates
    A vigilant, no excuses approach to hand hygiene has produced excellent results in several Cleveland hospitals. Discover what non-punitive, peer-enforced strategies have helped these organizations shape an improved safety culture.
  4. In Redesigned Room, Hospital Patients May Feel Better Already
    After months of collaboration between patients and medical staff at University Medical Center of Princeton, a freshly designed patient room became a laboratory for testing patient satisfaction. Sure enough, patients housed in the model room, which featured an outdoor view, a foldout sofa and a drug dispensary, rated both food and nursing care higher, and even more interesting, they asked for 30 percent less pain medication. Read more to learn why this finding is so significant.
  5. Data Integrity, Care Coordination Top ECRI’s 2014 List of Patient Safety Concerns
    ECRI Institute recently published a report listing its Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations based on a compilation of over 300,000 patient safety events, research requests and root-cause analyses submitted to ECRI Institute PSO.