Quality & Patient Safety

Quality & Patient Safety Articles by Topic: Quality Improvement

Improving patient handoffs with a structured system

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 3, March 1, 2014

      Improving patient handoffs has long been on the radar of hospitals and health systems. As...

Patient Safety Monitor Journal, February 2014

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 2, February 1, 2014

    More than 2,500 general hospitals in the United States received Hospital Safety Scores, and...

The Joint Commission releases toolkit for CLABSI prevention

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 2, February 1, 2014

    In case hospitals weren’t devoting enough attention to preventing central...

Updated Hospital Safety Scores show slow improvement

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 2, February 1, 2014

    More than 2,500 general hospitals in the United States received Hospital Safety Scores, and...

Roadmap for improving patient care laid out in study

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 13, March 27, 2013

    A group of interdisciplinary research teams conducted 40 studies that investigate how nurses...

Compounding center aware of facility contamination for months, FDA reports

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 44, October 31, 2012

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a report of inspections conducted at the New...

Patients might gain power to report on medical errors

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 39, September 25, 2012

    The Obama administration has proposed a consumer reporting system that will allow patients to...

Despite studies on the "weekend effect," results are inconclusive

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 34, August 21, 2012

    Although two recent studies support the argument for the existence of a “weekend...

Blog spotlight: The impact of unnecessary procedures on quality and patient safety

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 32, August 7, 2012

    All medical procedures come with some degree of risk, and one doesn’t need to look very far...

Hospitals fail to report adverse events, according to OIG

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 30, July 24, 2012

    An estimated 60% of adverse events occurred at hospitals in states with reporting systems, yet only...

U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals list shifts methodology

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 29, July 17, 2012

    Consumers, payers, and providers have yet another tool to rank hospital quality with the updated...

Editor’s pick: Making Your Data Work: Tools and templates for effective analysis

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 26, June 27, 2012

    The Joint Commission, state agencies, and others are demanding solid data proving increased patient...

Blog spotlight: Is power of the people a good thing in healthcare?

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 25, June 20, 2012

    More and more, hospitals are being publicly rated by the patient. Plenty of websites cater to this...

Editor's pick: Assessing Quality Improvement for Nurse Managers

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 25, June 20, 2012

    Quality Improvement for Nurse Managers: Engage Staff and Improve Patient Outcomes clearly outlines...

$825,000 in fines for California hospitals

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 23, June 6, 2012

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Blog spotlight: Consumer Reports will rate physicians on communication, patient care

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 23, June 6, 2012

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Blog spotlight: Perception versus practice in quality of care

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 21, May 23, 2012

    Patients' perceived quality of care varied greatly from the actual quality of care as defined by...

Editor’s pick: Chapter Leader’s Guide Series

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 21, May 23, 2012

    These practical books provide chapter leaders with simplified explanations of individual chapters...

Blog spotlight: Create patient safety solutions that are right for you

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 20, May 16, 2012

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FDA aims to reduce radiation exposure for children

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 20, May 16, 2012

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released recommendations that ask manufacturers of...

Blog spotlight: The push and pull of quality initiatives

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 15, April 11, 2012

    Sometimes quality can be a bit like a game of whack-a-mole. As you try to improve in one area...

Editor’s pick: Adverse Events Reporting: Do you comply with OIG recommendations?

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 12, March 21, 2012

    The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has looked at CMS and found its system of hospital oversight...

Blog spotlight: In the hospital, we're all just big babies

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 11, March 14, 2012

    A new column in the New York Times today dives into the idea of using common practices and...

Hospitals question Medicare assessments of quality

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 7, February 15, 2012

    Medicare identified many teaching hospitals across the country as having a substantially higher...

Editor’s pick: National Patient Safety Goals Q & A

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 7, February 15, 2012

    Top healthcare experts present their analysis of frequently-asked questions on National Patient...

CMS releases quality information to consumer groups

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 49, December 7, 2011

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), under the Affordable Care Act, announced...

Poverty, community problems at heart of readmissions, researchers say

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 46, November 16, 2011

    A new study found that by Memphis-based Qsource showed that the patients with the most repeat...

IHI releases new edition of Managing Serious Events report

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 41, October 19, 2011

    The Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) has released a second edition of its Respectful...

Inexpensive infection control saves millions of lives, billions of dollars

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 37, September 14, 2011

    A new study by University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill found that adopting inexpensive...

ED Diversion raises heart attack mortality

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 24, June 15, 2011

    Heart attack patients have a higher risk of dying within a year if the closest ED is on diversion...

New triage, physician-nurse huddles, discharge time outs new strategies to stop patient harm in ER

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 19, May 11, 2011

    Crico/RMF Strategies, whose parent company insures hospitals affiliated with Harvard University, is...

HHS invests $1 billion toward patient safety initiative

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 15, April 13, 2011

    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

AHRQ launches redesign of Patient Safety Network site

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 13, March 30, 2011

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has revamped their Patient Safety Network website...

National Quality Strategy unveiled

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 12, March 23, 2011

    The Department of Health and Human Services unveiled the National Strategy for Quality Improvement...

Radiation risk rises to top of patient safety concerns

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 8, February 23, 2011

    A woman who receives one abdominal-pelvic CT scan has a one in 250 chance of getting cancer. This...

Infection checklist proven to save lives

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 5, February 2, 2011

    The checklist Peter Pronovost, MD, professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at Johns...

Is patient care lacking after a fall?

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 5, February 2, 2011

    A new report published in the January 28, 2011 issue of British Medical Journal has found that...

IHI white paper advises how to handle serious adverse events

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 1, January 5, 2011

    The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) has released a new free white paper on managing...

After deaths, hospital launches ’zero errors’ initiative

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 44, November 3, 2010

    After two children died as a result of medication errors, Seattle Children's Hospital has launched...

Dartmouth announces new process improvement master’s program

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 37, September 15, 2010

    Dartmouth College has launched a new, 18-month master's degree program to teach safety...

Inventory management helps prevent medical errors

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 9, September 1, 2010

    Prior to 2005, the catheterization lab at Mercy Des Moines (IA)–Mercy Heart Hospital (MDM...

Health reform's effect on patient safety

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 9, September 1, 2010

    I was always certain that my career in patient safety would be in the delivery sector, in health...

Patient safety Q&A

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 9, September 1, 2010

    Q. What are some suggested measures we can take to prevent pressure ulcers in the operating room...

From the Patient Safety Monitor Blog: Joint Commission tailors "Speak Up" campaign

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 34, August 25, 2010

    In late July, The Joint Commission released an update to its popular "Speak Up" campaign...

From the Patient Safety Monitor Blog: AHRQ updates State Snapshots with 2009 information

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 33, August 18, 2010

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has updated its State Snapshots with data from 2009...

Editor's Pick of the Week: Quality Improvement for Nurse Managers book

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 32, August 11, 2010

    Quality Improvement for Nurse Managers: Engage Staff and Improve Patient Outcomes is a book and...

From the Patient Safety Monitor Blog: Some medical students already taking patient safety courses

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 31, August 4, 2010

    Students at medical schools across the country are being given the opportunity to take elective...

AHA, NPSF announce latest class of Patient Safety Leadership Fellows

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 31, August 4, 2010

    The American Hospital Association and National Patient Safety Foundation have announced the 30...

Editor’s Pick of the Week: National Patient Safety Goals Q & A e-book

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 31, August 4, 2010

    The NPSGs are complex. Let us simplify. Top healthcare experts present their analysis of...

New AHRQ tool to help hospitals better display quality data

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 8, August 1, 2010

    All you need to take advantage of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ...

The ideal just culture

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 8, August 1, 2010

    The concept of a just culture is relatively new to the healthcare industry and has become a...

Indiana hospital involves patients and family in shift change bedside report

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 8, August 1, 2010

    Until 2007, nurses at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis relied on traditional shift...

From the Patient Safety Monitor Blog: Heart attack death rates are decreasing in U.S. hospitals

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 30, July 28, 2010

    Heart attack death rates are on the decline at hospitals nationwide, according to a new report card...

Commonwealth Fund report: U.S. healthcare lags behind other countries on performance measures

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 30, July 28, 2010

    A report from the Commonwealth Fund released in late June shows that U.S. healthcare ranks last or...

From the Patient Safety Monitor Blog: IHI's Bisognano says future holds more patient involvement in care

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 29, July 21, 2010

    In a Q & A published Monday with The Boston Globe, Maureen Bisognano, the new president and CEO...

AMA releases two quality- and patient safety-related reports

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 29, July 21, 2010

    The American Medical Association (AMA) released two reports this week concerning quality and...

AHRQ: One out of every eight visits to ED is from mental health and substance abuse patients

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 29, July 21, 2010

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project has...

Editor’s Pick of the Week: Patient and family advisory council webcast

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 29, July 21, 2010

    Give your patients a voice in the quality of their care Join HCPro on Thursday, August 19, at 1...

HHS announces Final Rule on Meaningful Use

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 28, July 14, 2010

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced yesterday its Final Rule on Meaningful...

From the Patient Safety Monitor Blog: More hospitals using manufacturing methods to streamline processes

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 28, July 14, 2010

    More and more hospitals are turning to "Lean" thinking to cut waste, improve efficiency...

Check out the tools library on Patient Safety Monitor!

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 28, July 14, 2010

    Members of Patient Safety Monitor have access to the tools library, an archive of a number of...

From the Patient Safety Monitor Blog: Family-centered rounds most prevalent

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 27, July 7, 2010

    A study published in the recent issue of Pediatrics finds that 44% of pediatric hospitalists...

Briefings on Patient Safety July 2010

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 7, July 1, 2010

    The July issue contains the following stories: Maryland program provides road map for...

Generating real value out of core measures data

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 7, July 1, 2010

    Collecting core measures data is a part of everyday life at most healthcare facilities, affecting...

Hospital nearly doubles medication scanning rates

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 7, July 1, 2010

    In April 2008, Baystate Medical Center (BMC), a 653-bed teaching hospital in Springfield, MA, began...

Safety in the surgical environment

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 7, July 1, 2010

    Editor’s note: The following column explores patient safety from the perspective of a...

Patient safety Q&A

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 7, July 1, 2010

    Q. What is a good way to measure whether a certain process is under control—that is...

From the Patient Safety Monitor Blog: Patient navigators a growing field in healthcare

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 24, June 16, 2010

    Patient navigators may be coming soon to your hospital—if your hospital doesn't already use...

AHRQ releases software to help hospitals analyze and publicize quality data

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 23, June 9, 2010

    Last Friday the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced it had created a new...

Latest issue of Briefings on Patient Safety available through Patient Safety Monitor

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 22, June 2, 2010

    The June issue of Briefings on Patient Safety has been posted to Patient Safety Monitor. This...

From the Patient Safety Monitor Blog: Noise levels can be hazardous to patient safety

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 22, June 2, 2010

    Hospitals are noisy places, and the increase in technology-based care has only added to the volume...

FDA asks clinicians to monitor pharmaceutical companies’ marketing practices

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 22, June 2, 2010

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking for the help from clinicians in calling out unsafe...

Briefings on Patient Safety June 2010

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 6, June 1, 2010

    This issue contains articles about the ANCC's Magnet Recognition Program and how it has an effect...

Nursing excellence program provides framework for patient safety initiatives

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 6, June 1, 2010

    Engaged nurses who feel like they work in an organization that values their efforts and opinions...

Finding the fun in patient safety

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 6, June 1, 2010

    By nature, I am an outgoing person. In fact, I’ve maxed out the sociability and extrovert...

From the Patient Safety Monitor Blog: AHRQ releases guides to help providers design public reports about quality data/outcomes

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 21, May 26, 2010

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has published a series of three guides to...

Study: Using VAP bundle reduces costs, reduces rates of VAP

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 20, May 19, 2010

    Two surgical intensive care units implemented the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's (IHI...

From the Patient Safety Monitor Blog: Hospital culture report shows gains, areas for improvement

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 18, May 5, 2010

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released a snapshot of the nation’s...

Good Catch program at Texas organization encourages near-miss reporting

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    Staff members are often trained to report a potential medical error, or near-miss event. However...

Patient Safety Q & A

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    Is there a gold standard for the definition of a fall?

Patient Safety Monitor keeps users updated on regulations

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 17, April 28, 2010

    Did you know that Hawaii requires infection control programs to have a system for reporting...

From the Patient Safety Monitor Blog: AHA report says many hospitals will face fines for not complying with "meaningful use" in relation to EMRs

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 17, April 28, 2010

    As part of legislation passed in 2009, all hospitals must be achieving "meaningful use"...

BMJ analysis: Mortality rates a poor measure of quality

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 17, April 28, 2010

    A new analysis from the British Medical Journal says that using mortality rates as a measure of...

From the Patient Safety Monitor Blog: Study says improved nurse-patient ratios could reduce mortality rates

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 16, April 21, 2010

    A recent study authored by renowned nurse investigator Linda Aiken, PhD, FAAN, FRCN, RN, found that...

2009 Leapfrog Hospital Survey: Quality improvement a challenge, waste rampant

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 15, April 14, 2010

    The release of the 2009 Leapfrog Hospital Survey finds that fewer than 50% of hospitals are...

From the Patient Safety Monitor Blog: NQF releases 2010 Safe Practices

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 15, April 14, 2010

    The National Quality Forum released its 2010 list of Safe Practices for Better Healthcare, a...

From the Patient Safety Monitor Blog: HealthGrades releases 7th annual patient safety study

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 14, April 7, 2010

    HealthGrades has released the results of its 7th annual “Patient Safety in American...

Latest issue of Briefings on Patient Safety available through Patient Safety Monitor

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 14, April 7, 2010

    The April issue of Briefings on Patient Safety has been posted to the Patient Safety Monitor. This...

Briefings on Patient Safety April 2010

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    This issue contains articles about human factors engineering, suicide risk assessment, rapid...

Suicide risk assessment important part of survey and patient safety

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    Identifying patients at risk for suicide has been a requirement of the National Patient Safety...

Colorado hospital evaluates "missed opportunities" in rapid response teams

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    Over the past five years, rapid response teams (RRT) have been brought to the forefront of American...

President Obama to nominate Donald M. Berwick as head of CMS

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 13, March 31, 2010

    Donald M. Berwick, MD, will soon be nominated to be the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare...

NY hospitals cash in on quality incentives

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 12, March 24, 2010

    Hospitals in upstate New York have taken advantage of quality incentives provided by Excellus...

From the Patient Safety Monitor Blog: Report says medical students need increased patient safety training

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 11, March 17, 2010

    The Lucian Leape Institute at the National Patient Safety Foundation released a report last week...

California Department of Health works with hospitals to prevent medical errors

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 11, March 17, 2010

    A 2007 law requiring that California hospitals report on 28 "never events" has helped...

More hospitals considering 'care of the caregiver' after medical error

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 11, March 17, 2010

    Hospitals are more often considering their employed caregiver's well-being after a medical error...

Study: Trained interpreters improve communication between patients and providers

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 9, March 3, 2010

    A study from Mathematica Policy Research, a non-partisan survey team, has found that trained...

Briefings on Patient Safety March 2010

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    This issue contains articles about medical interpreter certification, patient safety awareness...

Certification defines qualified medical interpreters, keeps patients safe

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    One of the most vital parts of providing adequate healthcare is the exchange of information between...

Patient Safety Awareness Week gives facilities opportunity to train staff members, engage patients in safety issues

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    Since 2002, the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) has sponsored Patient Safety Awareness...

Learning how to prioritize patient safety projects

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    As we move further into 2010, I’m excited about the opportunities for growth and improvement...

Patient safety Q&A

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    Q: How should our organization meet compliance with educating patients and their families on...

National Quality Forum endorses measures for use of electronic data in quality improvement

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    The National Quality Forum (NQF) released a set of 70 measures in January that guide the...

From the Patient Safety Monitor Blog: Announcing a new Blog contest!

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 8, February 24, 2010

    Our contest last summer was such at hit that we've decided to launch a new contest in honor of the...

From the Patient Safety Monitor Blog: QUEST, now in second year, aims to improve healthcare

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 6, February 10, 2010

    Although healthcare reform seems to have hit a standstill, there are many quality improvement...

From the Patient Safety Monitor Blog: GAO says not enough information yet about PSO system to assess progress

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 5, February 3, 2010

    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) was required by the Patient Safety and Quality...

Why don’t most physicians apologize for making mistakes?

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 5, February 3, 2010

    Even though much progress has been made since the first studies showing that physicians apologizing...

IHI conference focuses  on doing more with less

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    Hospitals need to realize that the healthcare industry is forever linked with the macroeconomics of...

Briefings on Patient Safety, February 2010

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    This issue of Briefings on Patient Safety has articles about the Institute for Healthcare...

HealthGrades releases annual study, shows top hospitals are improving faster

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 4, January 27, 2010

    HealthGrades has released its eight annual HealthGrades Annual Hospital Quality and Clinical...

California hospitals report an increase in adverse events

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 2, January 13, 2010

    Hospitals in California reported 1,583 serious preventable events occurring for the fiscal year...

Hospital utilizes lean principles to improve work flow

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 1, January 6, 2010

    Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, put the 5S lean principle to work recently...

Study: Cultural competency training has little effect on outcomes for diabetes patients

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 1, January 6, 2010

    A study published yesterday in the Annals of Internal Medicine finds that even when clinicians are...

Check out the Patient Safety Monitor Demo

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 51, December 23, 2009

    HCPro is proud to announce its latest patient safety product: Patient Safety Monitor. This online...

Stand-alone emergency departments proving successful in some areas

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 49, December 9, 2009

    Illinois has become home to a new type of facility for treating emergency patients—the...

Should physicians be given an incentive to prevent readmissions?

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 49, December 9, 2009

    Although Congress and President Barack Obama are considering incentives for hospitals to...

INQRI blog hosts two-week series in observance of "To Err is Human" anniversary

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 49, December 9, 2009

    The Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI) blog, a resource for nursing and...

In the ten years since "To Err is Human," has patient safety been improved?

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 48, December 2, 2009

    November 2009 marked the ten year anniversary since the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released its...

Including family members in rounds can benefit patients, care team

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 48, December 2, 2009

    Involving families in patients' care can improve family satisfaction as well as the standard of...

Patient safety training and education programs offer range of opportunities

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    In recent years, several fellowships and education programs have been introduced to the field. Many...

Briefings on Patient Safety, December 2009

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    This issues has articles concerning the 2010 National Patient Safety Goals, options for patient...

Press Ganey report: Patient satisfaction increasing across the country

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 46, November 18, 2009

    Patient satisfaction is on the rise, according to Press Ganey's annual Hospital Pulse Report. The...

National Quality Forum creates standardized set of data for electronic health records

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 46, November 18, 2009

    The National Quality Forum (NQF), under a contract from the Agency for Healthcare Research and...

Introducing Patient Safety Monitor!

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 46, November 18, 2009

    HCPro is proud to announce its latest patient safety product: Patient Safety Monitor.

Survey: Patients think healthcare is better if they are told about errors

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 45, November 11, 2009

    A study published in the November 9 Archives of Internal Medicine reveals that hospital staff...

Diagnosis errors: No easy fix

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 45, November 11, 2009

    Physicians are responsible for one of the most complicated and important decisions in...

EMR data also being used to improve quality, reduce costs

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 43, October 28, 2009

    As more facilities switch to electronic medical records (EMR), many are finding an unanticipated...

Should physicians be required to take cultural competency courses?

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 42, October 21, 2009

    It's widely reported that racial and ethnic minorities receive less comprehensive healthcare than...

Study: Large variance in quality at U.S. hospitals

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 41, October 14, 2009

    The Twelfth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study shows that a large gap exists...

PQO model takes on a successful new look

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    Quality improvement is something that UMass Memorial Medical Center (UMMMC) in Worcester, MA, has...

Universal patient floor increases patient flow, decreases handoffs, improves patient safety

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    In 2007, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles rolled out a “universal floor&rdquo...

Patient advisory boards engage patients in their own care

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    In today’s culture, many hospitals are increasing their focus on patient-centered...

Briefings on Patient Safety, October 2009

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    This issues provides articles about building successful patient advisory boards, how a universal...

Oncology groups release standards for safe administration of chemotherapy

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 39, September 30, 2009

    On September 28, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Oncology Nursing...

New York health system offers physicians large incentive to make patient records digital

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 39, September 30, 2009

    New York's North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System announced recently that it will pay each of...

NQF endorses set of measures to improve medication safety

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 38, September 23, 2009

    The National Quality Forum (NQF) has endorsed a set of 18 measures to better manage...

Winners of the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award announced

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 38, September 23, 2009

    The Joint Commission and National Quality Forum announced the 2009 winners of the John M. Eisenberg...

More facilities looking to telehealth for improving care

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 37, September 16, 2009

    Once a novelty that few hospitals utilized, telemedicine is now becoming more common, reports...

IHI launches Improvement Map Online Tool

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 37, September 16, 2009

    The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) has launched the online component of its Improvement...

Improving efficiency, reducing waste are keys to safe, quality patient care

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 35, September 2, 2009

    The healthcare industry has maintained for years that it is unlike others simply because caring for...

JAMA commentary: Patient safety priority list would help improve outcomes

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 35, September 2, 2009

    A recent commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association calls for a list of patient...

Quality measurement, monitoring, and analysis

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    Developing the right metrics—valid, reliable, feasible, meaningful, and...

Briefings on Patient Safety, September 2009

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    This issue contains stories that discuss a new consumer reporting system developed by the Agency...

AHRQ says that more patients are leaving against medical advice

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 34, August 26, 2009

    More news from the AHRQ- this time, however, patients may be acting as a threat to themselves. An...

NYTimes op-ed discusses how to lower costs, increase quality in American healthcare

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 33, August 19, 2009

    To boost quality and lower healthcare costs, it's not necessary for the American healthcare system...

New bills, initiatives push for greater patient involvement in care

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 31, August 5, 2009

    Today's patients want to have a greater involvement in their care. To that end, both the federal...

Link between patient satisfaction, intensity of care discussed

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 31, August 5, 2009

    Patients wanting to compare hospitals have a new outlet to do so: the same place where one might go...

Medication safety: A complex puzzle

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    The National Quality Forum (NQF) included modifications to the medication management chapter in its...

Group develops checklists to promote patient safety

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    Ensuring patient safety and education are two of the most important tasks staff members in...

Illustrating the cost of poor quality

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    As more hospital budgets are cut, it’s important for staff members who work in quality and...

Reducing rehospitalizations proves to be difficult and costly

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 30, July 29, 2009

    Reducing rehospitalizations has become a national focus as health reform plays out. Readmissions...

Patient safety-related cost savings not always easy to calculate

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 29, July 22, 2009

    As hospitals face deeper payment cuts from the federal government, many are considering new methods...

Illinois’ hospital data to be made public after delay

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 29, July 22, 2009

    Performance data from Illinois hospitals will be posted on a public Web site this coming fall...

American Hospital Association, McKesson award three hospitals Quest for Quality Prize

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 29, July 22, 2009

    The American Hospital Association and McKesson awarded its Quest for Quality Prize to Bronson...

Hospital Compare Web site posts new quality data

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 28, July 15, 2009

    The Hospital Quality Alliance announced last week the addition of new data available on the CMS...

Keeping the hospital’s smallest patients safe

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 7, July 1, 2009

    For babies born prematurely, even the noise generated from a normal conversation can be too loud...

More doctors going digital for patient visits

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 26, July 1, 2009

    A larger number of physicians are offering patients the option to be treated online, reports The...

Washington DC-area hospital targets CHF patients as starting point for preventing readmissions

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 26, July 1, 2009

    Inova Mount Vernon Hospital in Alexandria, VA, has launched a program titled HeartLink to empower...

AMA adopts policy that makes quality care part of physicians’ ethical responsibilities

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 26, July 1, 2009

    Delegates at the American Medical Association's annual meeting recently approved a policy that...

New infection control product monitors hand hygiene

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 24, June 17, 2009

    Performing hand hygiene adequately and often is something that many healthcare facilities are...

AHA disappointed with proposed hospital budget cuts

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 24, June 17, 2009

    On June 13, 2009, President Barack Obama called for an additional $220 billion cut to hospital...

Patients waiting longer to see primary care physicians, specialists

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 23, June 10, 2009

    A new study done by Meritt Hawkins and Associates shows that wait times are growing rapidly for...

Major U.S. healthcare groups specify how they will try to save $2 trillion annually

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 22, June 3, 2009

    Last month, a group of major healthcare players came together to take on the Obama administration's...

Proposed bill advocates for more visas for foreign nurses, stronger domestic nursing education

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 21, May 27, 2009

    A new proposed bill aims to lessen the effects of a nursing shortage, reports AHA News

Joint Commission announces field review

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 20, May 20, 2009

    The Joint Commission has asked the field to review and comment on revisions to the 2009 National...

Pilot project to track adverse events related to blood transfusions

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 19, May 13, 2009

    Nine hospitals began taking part in a pilot program last week to track and analyze adverse events...

Uniforms by color: Can they aid in caregiver identification?

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 19, May 13, 2009

    some hospitals are turning to color-coded uniforms, most often scrubs, for each different type of...

Briefings on Patient Safety May 2009

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    This issue covers how HCAHPS has changed for 2009 and how facilities can boost their HCAHPS scores...

CMS clarifies oversight of HCAHPS in 2009, releases updated scores

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    CMS released its fifth quarterly update of patient satisfaction data March 26, one year after the...

Storytelling in healthcare enhances experience for patients and providers

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    When someone becomes sick or injured and visits a doctor’s office, hospital, or other...

Survey: Most hospitals make culture of safety a priority

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    Creating a culture of safety has become a buzz phrase in patient safety during the past few years...

Urgent care centers prove their worth in wake of long ER lines

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 17, April 29, 2009

    Lengthy wait times at emergency rooms (ER) around the country have given way to "urgent care...

University group attempts to redesign hospital gown

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 16, April 22, 2009

    Researchers at North Carolina State University are embarking on redesigning the typical hospital...

Consumer group says fewer disruptive physicians disciplined

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 16, April 22, 2009

    A new report from Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, says that fewer "bad"...

CMS announces pilot project to reduce preventable rehospitalizations

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 15, April 15, 2009

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced it will soon be launching a...

Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to partner on EHR

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 15, April 15, 2009

    President Obama announced last week that the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of...

HealthGrades releases sixth annual patient safety study results

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 14, April 8, 2009

    The sixth annual HealthGrades Patient Safety in American Hospitals Study was released on April 7...

Proposed patient safety group looks to aviation model to improve processes

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 14, April 8, 2009

    A paper published in the most recent issue of Health Affairshighlights some of the areas in which...

Use simulation training to boost culture of safety

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    Many hospitals and medical schools offer some variation of simulation-based training in which...

IHI's Surgical Checklist "Sprint" ends April 1

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 13, April 1, 2009

    Announced at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's (IHI) National Forum in December 2008, the...

One health system reduces death and readmission rates associated with heart surgery

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 13, April 1, 2009

    Geisinger Health System in Danville, PA, has bucked the trend and guaranteed patients who undergo...

NYC hospitals faulted for inadequately reporting near misses and adverse events

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 10, March 11, 2009

    A recent report by the New York City (NYC) comptroller found that hospitals in NYC report...

Press Ganey releases culture of safety report; finds assessing blame for errors is often why errors occur

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 10, March 11, 2009

    Press Ganey, a consulting firm that works with 40% of the nation's hospitals to help improve...

Study: Bond between patients and doctors can lead to better patient care

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 9, March 4, 2009

    Those patients who have a stronger relationship with their doctors were more likely to receive...

CMS to conduct a "dry run" of nine patient safety and quality indicators

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 9, March 4, 2009

    Hospitals that participate in the Reporting Hospital Quality Data for Annual Payment Update...

Study: Although CA nurse-patient ratios have increased, quality of care not necessarily improved

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 8, February 25, 2009

    The California HealthCare Foundation has released a study that shows that although the state began...

NQF endorses 45 practices for providing culturally sensitive care

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 8, February 25, 2009

    The National Quality Forum (NQF) has endorsed 45 new practices for delivering culturally competent...

Part of U.S. stimulus bill will give money to comparison of medical treatments

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 7, February 18, 2009

    A portion of the recently passed $787 economic stimulus bill will provide money for studying...

Washington hospitals standardize hospital codes

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 7, February 18, 2009

    In an effort to accommodate the many physicians and nurses who work at more than one hospitals, a...

South Carolina hospitals to work together to fight HAIs

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 6, February 11, 2009

    South Carolina hospitals will join together to fight against healthcare-acquired infections (HAI...

CA hospitals mortality rate data available

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 4, January 28, 2009

    California has published a study ranking hospitals based on their mortality rates, reports The Los...

Surgical checklist shown to reduce risk of error by one third

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 3, January 21, 2009

    A study released by the World Health Organization (WHO) last week shows that when implementing the...

China's government to reform public hospitals

  • Patient Safety Monitor: Global Edition, Issue 2, January 20, 2009

    The Chinese government has been debating a reformation of its public hospitals as one of the many...

Study: Quality reporting services rank same hospitals differently

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 2, January 14, 2009

    A study in the November/December Health Affairs shows that although many quality reporting...

AHRQ awards $3 million for CLABSI prevention program

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 1, January 1, 2009

    Every year, 30,000–62,000 patients die as the result of central line–associated...

One facility identifies four ways to lower rates of CLABSI

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 1, January 1, 2009

    To prevent central line–associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), Swedish Medical Center in...

Communication key to patient safety program

  • Patient Safety Monitor, Issue 1, January 1, 2009

    Throughout his medical career, Eric Schwartz, MD, hospitalist and medical director at Holston...

Australia: Handwashing, response teams part of patient safety initiative

  • Patient Safety Monitor: Global Edition, Issue 25, December 23, 2008

    Australian Health Minister John Della Bosca says that the government will require hospitals to...

Joint Commission says its hospitals increased quality and patient care over last six years

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 49, December 3, 2008

    In its annual report about quality and safety, The Joint Commission has released data to show that...

Pilot program raises quality of cardiac care for ethnic populations

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 48, November 26, 2008

    Back in late 2005 the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation introduced “Expecting Success and...

UK: New Web site rates hospitals

  • Patient Safety Monitor: Global Edition, Issue 22, October 28, 2008

    The National Health Service (NHS) has created a plan to post patient comments about NHS hospitals...

Canada: Toronto hospital cuts death rate in half

  • Patient Safety Monitor: Global Edition, Issue 22, October 28, 2008

    Scarborough Hospital, Canada's largest urban community hospital, has turned around its reputation...