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  1. Virginia Mason to inform patients about overlapping surgeries
    Seattle’s Virginia Mason Medical Center will soon begin including a one-page form in its consent-for-surgery process to make patients aware of the chances of overlapping procedures. The Seattle Times
  2. Handshake-Free Zone: Keep Those Hands — And Germs — To Yourself In The Hospital
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 25 patients across the United States contracts a hospital-acquired infection each day. While most hospitals promote better hand hygiene protocols in combating these outbreaks, UCLA has opted to turn its focus toward elimination of a time-honored greeting.Kaiser Health News
  3. Hospitals Now Tap Lawyers To Fulfill Patients’ Legal Needs
    Understanding that legal issues often develop into problems that result in poor medical outcomes, more hospitals are including attorneys in the teams of professionals made available to assist patients. Kaiser Health News
  4. ADNPSO Presents Inaugural Good Catch Awards to Arkansas Clinicians
    American Data Network Patient Safety Organization (ADNPSO) named the first two recipients of the Good Catch Award, being presented quarterly this year to outstanding Arkansas clinicians participating in ADNPSO’s statewide near miss campaign. ADN News Blog