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When doctors get the wrong patient

When doctors get the wrong patient

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  September 25, 2016

Cases of mistaken identity happen all the time in healthcare institutions. A new analysis details the causes of these mixups, the consequences for patients and ways healthcare leaders can address the problem.

Frequent violence in the ED doesn't have to be part of the job

Frequent violence in the ED doesn't have to be part of the job

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  September 24, 2016

In 2012, Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J., saw 22 workplace injuries due to violence. The number rose to 45 the next year and then 55 the year after that. In 2015, when efforts to protect nurses and doctors kicked in, the number dropped to 26. So far this year, Valley Hospital has seen 27...

CMS' voluntary bundled-payments program delivers mixed results

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  September 19, 2016

Because the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative is so new—and purely voluntary—it is too soon to draw broad conclusions about bundled payments' effectiveness in improving healthcare quality while lowering costs.

Pediatricians advise providers to stop prescribing painkiller codeine

By Maria Castellucci  |  September 19, 2016

The American Academy of Pediatrics is urging providers and parents to stop administering the painkiller drug codeine to children after reviewing evidence of adverse health effects, including death. It was prescribed to more than 800,000 children under 11 from 2007 to 2011.

Putting the five-second rule to the test

Putting the five-second rule to the test

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 17, 2016

Uh-oh. You dropped the last slice of pizza on the floor. Is it safe to eat if you swoop down and retrieve it fast enough?

Detroit Medical Center CEO updates staff on issue of sterilized surgical instruments

Detroit Medical Center CEO updates staff on issue of sterilized surgical instruments

By Jay Greene, Crain's Detroit Business  |  September 14, 2016

As Detroit Medical Center waits to hear from regulatory officials about the results of a recent inspection of its central sterile processing department, CEO Joe Mullany told employees and others about steps it has taken to address problems with improperly sterilized surgery instruments.

More cases of superbug precursor reported, but no spread

By Associated Press  |  September 10, 2016

A fourth U.S. person has been diagnosed with bacteria resistant to a last-resort antibiotic, but researchers are expressing relief that so far these superbug precursors have not spread to others.

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