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  1. Changes to Ebola Protection Worn by U.S. Hospital Workers
    On October 20, the CDC issued new guidelines for the levels of protective gear that should be worn by hospital workers treating patients with Ebola. Updated protocols are based on recommendations made by the organization, Doctors Without Borders, whose representatives are currently battling Ebola outbreaks in Africa,  and have been tweaked by stateside hospitals that have recently treated patients with the disease. Four valuable videos also illustrate proper protocol for removal of all protective wear.
  2. Survey Shows Patient Safety Leaders Lack Detailed, Real-Time Harm Data
    A survey taken at the National Patient Safety Foundation’s 2014 Patient Safety Congress revealed that while 90% of patient safety professionals say patient harm is a common topic of discussion in their hospital, 47% are dissatisfied with the technology they have to capture and track real-time data.
  3. 15 Game-Changing Wireless Devices to Improve Patient Care
    Scroll through this slideshow of tech tools that could make necessary tasks like recording ECGs, checking blood glucose levels and monitoring medication compliance much easier for both patients and physicians.
  4. Robert McDonald: Cleaning Up the VA
    “My immediate reaction was ‘I want to do it.’ I feel like my whole life has been designed to lead to this,” Robert McDonald told Scott Pelley. This 12-minute interview with the nation’s new Secretary of Veterans Affairs, which aired on 60 Minutes this week, is worth watching.
  5. VA Issues Interim Final Rule for Wait Times Fix
    Find out more about the rule supporting new legislation that will allow veterans to access care at non-VA facilities when a veteran lives more than 40 miles away from the nearest VA facility or if the nearest facility has no available appointments in the next 30 days.