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New RCA approach leans on prioritization and action to fix gaps in care
For years, hospitals have used root cause analysis (RCA) to identify gaps in their healthcare system that can lead to safety errors. The problem, according to some experts, is that the existing RCA process is inconsistent and often ineffective when it comes to the ultimate goal of prevention.
The role of patients and families in dietary safety
Hospitalized patients have a long list of potential safety concerns, ranging from medication errors to deadly infections. One thing they probably aren't thinking about is the food.
New software aims to improve communication, patient handoffs
With one click of his mouse, Auron Priestly, MD, CEO and founder of Kolkin Corp. in Newport Beach, California, accesses care plan information for a patient named Richard Sanderson. He quickly types in new orders, and with another click, the record is updated for the rest of his clinical team.
Patient satisfaction and quality care: Evaluating a contentious partnership
Some hospitals wonder if patient satisfaction efforts distract from quality concerns
Study: SSI bundle lowers the risk of infections for joint and cardiac surgeries
Surgical bundles have become commonplace in the healthcare industry, particularly to help stave off dangerous infections. A recent study looking specifically at cardiac procedures and joint replacement procedures shows that a previously untested surgical site infection (SSI) bundle can offer an additional element of prevention as hospitals strive to reduce infection rates.
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