mednews-logo.300We 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.)

  1. Improving Diagnosis in Health Care — The Next Imperative for Patient Safety
    Living in an age in which physicians have more than 8,000 diseases to choose from, one might have the opinion that choosing the right diagnosis most of the time is perfectly acceptable. But it’s not.
  2. Top 10 Health Technology Hazards in Hospitals
    Eight of the top 10 health tech hazards identified by the ECRI Institute are new to the group’s list for 2016. Click through the slideshow to find out where your organization may need to turn its attention.
  3. The patient experience: 4 observations from a physician
    A retired physician shares insight gained from recent encounters within the healthcare system from the other side of the clipboard.
  4. Failure to communicate is a patient safety issue
    Read contrasting emergency department scenarios that illustrate the impact that thorough, professional communication can have on patient care and outcomes.
  5. Here are 10 patient suggestions for hospitals. Let’s make them happen.
    Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Peter Pronovost, MD, discusses a list of humanizing requests that point to what patients view as the mark of high quality clinical care.
  6. Medication Reconciliation to Prevent Adverse Drug Events
    Access an excellent compilation of resources and tools made available on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s website including a how-to guide for proper medication reconciliation.
  7. Got enough nurses? Nurse groups cite Kentucky case to support push for staffing ratio laws
    While the scenario provided in this piece may represent the extreme, it makes it hard to ignore the outcry of nurses in desperate need of more help in their departments. Whether or not required staff ratios are the answer, it seems this conversation needs to transition from “all talk” to “take action” in a hurry.