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  1. Supporting ‘Second Victims’ Also Helps Hospital Budgets
    Read about the Resilience in Stressful Events (RISE) team that clinicians at Johns Hopkins Hospital developed to provide emotional support to colleagues following medical errors, near misses and other worrisome patient events. Armstrong Institute – Voices for Safer Care
  2. Hospitals Ramp Up Hyperbaric Therapy For Diabetics, Despite Concerns
    The American Diabetes Association does not support the use of hyperbaric therapy in treating diabetic wounds. Some experts even say that doing so is more about a hospital’s desire to receive Medicare revenue than following a protocol that really works. Kaiser Health News
  3. Patients With Mental Disorders Get Half Of All Opioid Prescriptions
    A new study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine shows that nearly 19 percent of Americans with mental health illness use prescription opioids. Access the study and read why researches say we need a new approach for addressing these vulnerable patients’ needs. Kaiser Health News
  4. To err is human. To speak up? It depends, study says
    A new study published in BMJ Quality & Safety shows residents are more likely to speak up when they witness a safety breach made by a nurse or peer than one committed by an attending physician. That’s why, according to the study’s authors, a true culture of safety can only exist in an environment where leaders at the highest level encourage and support speaking up.  AMA Wire
  5. The New War On Sepsis
    Sepsis is the leading cause of death in hospitals in the United States, according to Sepsis Alliance, a nationwide advocacy group based in San Diego. More than 1 million people get severe sepsis each year in the U.S, and up to 50 percent of them die from it. It is also one of the most expensive conditions for hospitals to treat, costing $24 billion annually. Kaiser Health News