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Video: Finding the human factors in tech hazards
September 01, 2014
A team of clinical staffers at MedStar Health's National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare demonstrate how an error can easily occur with a cardiac defibrillator. The health system launched the center in 2010 to address safety issues associated with the deployment of new technology.
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Hospitals often ignore policies on using qualified medical interpreters
By Sabriya Rice | August 30, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
As the U.S. grows more linguistically diverse, safety experts worry that healthcare providers too often fail to make interpreter services available to patients, increasing the risk of adverse events.
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Michigan launches statewide curb on early deliveries
By Maureen McKinney | August 30, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A decade ago, it wasn't unusual for doctors at Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center in Dearborn, Mich., to induce labor or perform elective cesarean sections on women who had not yet reached the 39th week of pregnancy.
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AHA's Richard Umbdenstock on value-based payments, narrow networks
By Modern Healthcare | August 30, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Modern Healthcare Editor Merrill Goozner recently spoke with Richard Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association and vice chairman of the National Quality Forum, about the future of value-based payment, narrow networks and antitrust enforcement.
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News
More Medicare star ratings coming soon—unless providers can put the brakes on
By Sabriya Rice | August 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Hospital groups and dialysis and home care providers are warning that a five-star rating system the CMS plans to apply to them as early as this fall is more likely to confuse consumers than help them meaningfully compare providers' quality and safety.
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Parkland's patient care draws federal scrutiny
By Associated Press | August 28, 2014
Federal authorities have determined that staff at Parkland Memorial Hospital endangered a patient in their care, marking the third time the hospital has been cited since promising to reform its psychiatric services.
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Information
U.S. to begin safety-testing Ebola vaccine next week
By Associated Press | August 28, 2014
Federal researchers next week will start testing humans with an experimental vaccine to prevent the deadly Ebola virus
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News
Los Angeles goes after patient-dumping for a third time
By Bob Herman | August 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Glendale (Calif.) Adventist Medical Center has agreed to pay $700,000 to settle allegations the 462-bed hospital dropped off a homeless patient on Los Angeles' Skid Row—a downtown district infamous for its homeless population.
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Vital Signs
Anesthesiologists pioneered solutions for tubing risks
By Andis Robeznieks | August 25, 2014
The Joint Commission's Sentinel Event alert last week warning of the hazards of misconnected medical tubes harkened back to how anesthesiologists addressed similar issues in the prehistory of the patient-safety movement.
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Magazine
16 state attorneys general back FTC in St. Luke's, Saltzer divestment, and other briefs
By Modern Healthcare | August 23, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The attorneys general from 16 states have filed an amicus brief backing the Federal Trade Commission in its closely watched bid to undo an Idaho health system's acquisition of a physician practice.
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