We know you’re busy, but we don’t want you to miss important healthcare quality and patient safety news. Here’s 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.)
- Incidence of “never events” among weekend admissions versus weekday admissions to US hospitals: national analysis
A new study published in the BMJ in April suggests that the chance of experiencing a hospital-acquired condition, such as a fall, pressure ulcer or infection, is 20% greater for weekend admissions as compared to patients admitted on weekdays. Access the study here and learn more about researchers’ thoughts on how to combat the “weekend effect.”
- This Website Is Basically Yelp for Hospitals
A California-based startup has launched a new website that allows individuals to research the efficiency of almost any given hospital . The site, analyticsMD, assigns a letter grade to each hospital based on CMS data related primarily to the organizations’ emergency rooms, patient satisfaction and in-patient cost efficiency.
- FDA Issues Recs for Reducing Risk Associated with Computerized Infusion Pumps
The Food and Drug Administration has issued a Safety Communication alerting users of Hospira LifeCare PCA3 and PCA5 Infusion Pump Systems to security vulnerabilities with these devices which are designed for continuous delivery of anesthetic or therapeutic drugs.
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