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  1. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Reduces Alarm Fatigue, Increases Caregiver Compliance
    Learn about the process developed by researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital that reduced the typical number of daily alarms from 180 to 40 and increased caregiver compliance from 38 to 95 percent.
  2. Ebola in 3-D: A Video Game to Guide Health Care Workers Through a Ward
    Clearly, treating patients with the Ebola virus is no game, but a Seattle-based technology firm has developed a prototype for a video game that brings a new level of safety to the way frontline staff could be trained to manage life-threatening infections.
  3. Study: Hospital Workers Wash Hands Less Frequently Toward Shift End
    Access a new study conducted by the American Psychological Association showing that over the course of a 12-hour shift, handwashing compliance drops nearly 9 percent by the end of the shift.
  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.