mednews-logo.300Here’s a roundup of important healthcare quality and patient safety 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. Hand Hygiene Monitoring System Detects Soap, Alcohol Use
    Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a new study being implemented in two Georgia hospitals is testing a monitoring system designed to measure hand hygiene compliance. The system employs electronic sensors attached to alcohol hand-rub and soap dispensers as well as staff badges equipped with Bluetooth technology that allows interface with dispenser sensors. HealthLeaders Media 
  2. Hospital Surprise: Medicare’s Observation Care
    Watch this video, created by Francis Ying and Thu Nguyen and narrated by Lynne Shallcross, to get a better understanding of what happens when an individual receives observation care in a hospital as opposed to actually being admitted as a patient. Kaiser Health News
  3. Exposé About Detroit Medical Center, Dirty Surgical Instruments, Dysfunction, and… Lean?
    Award-winning author and Lean Blogger, Mark Graban analyzes the Detroit News investigation into patient safety and quality failures, including dirty surgical instruments, at Detroit Medical Center. Lean Blog
  4. Anti-gas drops in medical scopes could put patients in danger, study finds 
    Read the abstract from a new study that shows how simethicone drops, used by doctors to reduce the occurrence of gas bubbles that impede visibility during endoscopy, can actually increase a patient’s risk of infection. Becker’s Infection Control & Clinical Quality
  5. The millennial impact on healthcare tech: Convenience rules 
    Providing healthcare that meshes with the millennial lifestyle means  emphasizing convenience and transparency, embracing technology, and finding new ways to offer value. Learn why meaningful communication today can contribute to a buildup of trust  that’s going to be essential for healthcare brands in the long-run. siliconANGLE 
  6. An easy way to improve patient safety: speak up about errors 
    Here’s a study that validates speaking up as a behavior essential to patient safety and examines the factors that influence how likely patients and staff are to voice their concerns. FierceHealthcare
  7. The Uber of Healthcare is … Uber? Really???
    On-demand transportation services are certainly on trend these days. Some have suggested they could be a near cure-all when it comes to reducing patient no-shows and cancellations as well as operating losses that result when a patient doesn’t make it in to the doctor’s office, but health care blogger, David Harlow says hold that thought. Consider Harlow’s perspective and why he says priority needs to be put on how many face-to-face office visits are even necessary and how many really could be handled via telemedicine. HealthBlawg
  8. How much thought do you give to health literacy?
    Providing high-quality care in a way that patients are able to understand and follow through with instructions for healing is quite a challenge when, according to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy, only 12 percent of adults are proficient in health literacy.
  9. Doctors, hospitals prepare for difficult talks surrounding medical mistakes
    Although they may be overwhelmed by grief, families often are able to appreciate the truth when a loved one is lost to medical error. With that in mind, the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality has developed guidelines and an online toolkit for use by hospitals desiring to shift away from the typical “deny-and-defend” approach to handling adverse events. Learn more about AHRQ’s Communication and Optimal Resolution (CANDOR) process here. USA TODAY
  10. Perioperative Pressure Injuries: Protocols and Evidence-Based Programs for Reducing Risk
    Susan M. Scott, BSN, MSN, RN, WOC, patient safety quality improvement educator with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, details ways hospital staff can work to prevent perioperative hospital-acquired pressure injuries using specific risk assessment tools and implementing evidence-based interventions. Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare
  11. Quality Is Everyone’s Responsibility
    Sometimes swamped healthcare professionals view quality improvement as extra work that falls into the category of over and beyond the duties of their real jobs. This author explains why quality is actually all about how each individual approaches his or her work every day.  IHI Improvement Blog