mednews-logo.300We know you’re busy, but we don’t want you to miss important healthcare quality and patient safety news. Here is 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. CDC’s 3-step hand-washing technique vs. WHO’s 6-step technique: Which is most effective?
    Consider results from a new study, published in the journal Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, which shows six steps may indeed be better than 3 where hand washing is concerned. Becker’s Infection Control & Clinical Quality
  2. It’s Not All About the Checklist: The Power of Believing and Belonging   
    Take some time to watch a set of TED Talks that illustrate the intangible ingredient of “believing and belonging” that Dr. Peter Pronovost deems essential to ending preventable harm.  The Armstrong Institute
  3. Hospital Software Often Doesn’t Flag Unsafe Drug Prescriptions, Report Finds 
    While many hospitals are turning to computerized medication systems, a new study, performed by the Leapfrog Group, shows that such systems still fall short in catching common medication errors. Consider the findings that indicate a need for vigilance and thorough checks and balances for medication distribution in hospitals. Kaiser Health News
  4. ONC launches website focused on using IT to curb opioid abuse  
    Link to the Department of Health and Human Services’ new website aimed at attacking our country’s opioid crisis head on. Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review
  5. Readmission Prediction Score Validated in Multi-country Study 
    Learn more about how using e-helath records to calculate patient HOSPITAL scores can help clinicians identify patients who are at highest risk for a 30-day readmission and subsequently assign appropriate interventions.  HealthLeaders Media
  6. Patient-centered perioperative checklists to improve surgical care quality 
    Read how using a surgical safety checklist can be beneficial in communicating a clear perioperative plan before, during and after surgery.   KevinMD
  7. ONC Seeks Input Developing Interoperability Metrics
    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has issued a request for input that can be used in designing metrics for measuring progress toward a future of free-flowing health data between providers and patients with the aim of generating improved care, curbed spending and a healthier population.
  8. Readmissions Dip 47% When Some Patients Self-administer IV Antibiotics   
    Read about the success of a program initiated at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas in which uninsured patients are being trained to administer their own IV antibiotics at home when infections require prolonged treatment. HealthLeaders Media
  9. Let Patients Read Their Medical Records 
    Consider one resident physician’s opinion that in this digital age what needs to be mandatory is the art of story gathering and storytelling. Find out why his experiences with files discovered to be “littered with inaccuracies” have him convinced that patients need to be encouraged to review their own medical records.  New York Times