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- Overworked nurses and education impacts patient safety
A new study finds that patients that seek treatment in hospitals where nurses have higher education and a more manageable workload have lower mortality rates.
- Texas hospitals under scrutiny for allowing "sociopath" doctor to operate
Three hospitals in Texas are being investigated in the case of a neurosurgeon who lost his license to operate in the state after several patients sued him for alleged improper practices.
- Crews dedicated to reducing C. diff have significant impact on infection rates
Cleaning crews that are specifically educated in attacking Clostridium difficile (C. diff) can dramatically reduce the presence of organisms in infected room through the use of enhanced disinfection methods, according to a study published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. Researchers examined efforts to remove C. diff from rooms infected during an outbreak at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The 21-month intervention to remove C. diff cultures took place in several phases.
- Disaster response plans crucial in responding to Boston Marathon explosions
In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, many of the city’s hospitals employed their emergency plans, calling in additional personnel and placing facilities on temporary lock-down.
- U.S. hospital boards fail to place sufficient emphasis on quality of care
Board chairs of U.S. hospitals have less training in quality of care and devote less time to quality issues than their counterparts in England, according to a study in the recent issue of Health Affairs.
- New OSHA resource on protecting workers from combustible dust fires
OSHA has released a new resource to help keep emergency responders and facility workers safe when handling emergencies involving combustible dust. The booklet, titled Firefighting Precautions at Facilities with Combustible Dust, explains the associated hazards of combustible dust and outlines best practices for preparations to make prior to a response, as well as the effect of these preparations during incidents, according to an OSHA press release.
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