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  1. 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.”
  2. 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.
  3. 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.