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. Surgeons were told to stop prescribing so many painkillers. The results were remarkable.
    Prescription drug monitoring programs, insurance company interventions and the reduction of prescriptions issued in emergency departments represent just a few of the ways hospitals are trying to curb opiate overuse and prevent these dangerous medications from getting into the hands of drug dealers. Learn about the simple steps surgeons at Dartmouth-Hitchcock took to reduce the number of painkillers prescribed to patients undergoing certain outpatient surgeries by 53 percent. The Washington Post
  2. Can Salted Doorknobs Prevent Superbug Infections?
    While using salt as a defense against MRSA and other deadly superbugs may seem far-fetched, think about it. Butchers have been using salt to protect meat against bacteria and botulism for centuries. The Atlantic
  3. Joint Commission urges healthcare leaders to develop cultures of safety
    A new infographic gives clarity to the Sentinel Event Alert just issued by The Joint Commission encouraging healthcare leaders to improve patient safety by promoting a “nonpunitive approach to reporting and learning from adverse events, close calls and unsafe conditions.” Fierce Healthcare
  4. From board to bedside: how the application of financial structures to safety and quality can drive accountability in a large health care system.
    Access a study of the highly successful organizational framework put in place at Johns Hopkins Medicine to prioritize quality, patient safety and value. AHRQ: Patient Safety Network
  5. Perioperative brain health: The need to better understand this public health problem
    Consider the reflections of two anesthesiologists who contend that an estimated “40 percent of postoperative delirium cases can be prevented.” KevinMD