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  1. Exclusive: Patient safety issues prompt leadership shake-up at NIH hospital
    The National Institutes of Health is in search of a new senior leadership team for its flagship facility. The organization’s intent is to recruit a management team of physicians who will be charged with shifting the facility’s primary focus to patient safety as opposed to its current concentration on research. The Washington Post
  2. Strengthening AHRQ’s Role in Preventing Medical Errors
    In the wake of a new study, which placed medical error in the national spotlight last week, Andrew Bindman, M.D., the new director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, speaks to the work his team is doing to improve patient safety.  AHRQ Views
  3. When it Comes to Hand Hygiene, What’s Really Important?
    While a recent hand washing study certainly got people talking on the topic, this author is afraid the true point may have been lost in the buzz. Read why she says the number of steps taken isn’t as important as technique, consistency, and adherence. CDC Safe Healthcare Blog
  4. Hospital Discharge: One of the Most Dangerous Times for Patients
    Transitions from hospital to home are incredibly risky especially for older patients and especially when medication is involved. Here’s one case study that illustrates why better communication, post-hospitalization, is key. Kaiser Health News via Medscape
  5.  Babies Mixed Up; Front-Line Staff Botches Communication with Parents
    Link to the Washington Post article written after the author’s newborn was mixed up with another baby in a D.C. hospital and after clinicians and administrators failed to tell the truth, empathize or simply follow through on promises made. Sorry Works! Blog
  6. CHPSO Patient Safety Alert: Insulin and Influenza Vaccine Switched
    If it can happen to them, it could happen to you. Learn more about how Brazilian clinicians recently confused Insulin for flu vaccine and how similar events have happened in the United States as well. CHPSO
  7. Does Measuring Quality Really Ensure Patient Safety?
    Access an opinion piece co-authored by Peter Pronovost. M.D., Ph.D., director of Johns Hopkins’ Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, and Ashish Jha, M.D., M.P.H, from Harvard School of Public Health. HealthLeaders Media
  8. Sunday Shoes Program Slashes Heart Failure Readmissions
    A team at Preston Memorial Hospital, in Kingwood, W.Va., developed a simple solution to help heart failure patients monitor weight gain and determine when to contact their providers for assistance. The innovative program utilizes a personal possession that nearly all of the hospital’s heart patients already own — dress shoes or “Sunday shoes.” ADN News Blog
  9. UV Robots Zap Hospital Germs – Mayo Clinic
    With 900 patients dying of hospital-acquired infections each day in the United States, Mayo Clinic is among several hospitals that are testing the use of UV robots that may have the ability to wipe out hard-to-kill germs hiding in places where other cleaning methods don’t reach. Watch the video here. Mayo Clinic News Network