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2007 News & Features

  • California Tightening Nurse-to-Patient Ratios in 2008

    December 5, 2007 - In 2004, California became the first state to establish mandatory nurse-to-patient ratios across various specialties. On January 1, 2008, California will make history again when it tightens these ratios further in three areas that could make a significant impact on patient care delivery.

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  • WANTED: CXO to Transform Patient and Hospital Employee Experience

    November 6, 2007 - Although most healthcare professionals are familiar with their hospital’s leadership, such as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or Chief Financial Officer (CFO), they may soon see another C-level position added to the executive management team that may be unknown to them.

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  • Security Breaches Still Problematic for EHRs

    October 9, 2007 - As more healthcare organizations including regional health information networks, hospitals, and private practices adopt electronic health record (EHR) systems, there is a growing concern among providers, patients and industry insiders about data sharing, privacy, security and identify theft.

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  • The Need for Protocols to Prevent Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis

    August 22, 2007 - During the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses (WOCN) Society’s annual conference in June at Salt Lake City, Utah, Sage Products Inc. conducted an opinion poll to determine if hospitals have specific protocols in place for the prevention of incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD). Of the 200 WOC nu...

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  • Language Barriers Increase Risk for Adverse Events and Effects

    June 19, 2007 - It has been widely reported that the rising number of foreign-language speakers in the U.S. has created language barriers in hospitals, stretching their resources and putting patients’ safety at risk, but a new study provides further evidence that patients who speak, read, write or understand little...

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  • Abbreviations May Save Minutes; Prohibiting Abbreviations May Save Lives

    April 18, 2007 - Just as a simple phrase, whispered by the first child playing the telephone game, can be completely misconstrued by the time the last player hears it, certain abbreviations used to convey medication orders may also be misinterpreted due to communication lapses. Unlike the game, the results are not a...

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  • Case Managers Improve ED Care

    March 6, 2007 - Emergency departments in hospitals across the country are finding that adding an RN case manager or discharge planner to the team improves patient flow and decreases inappropriate admissions.

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  • Coping Kits Comfort Children in the Emergency Department

    February 6, 2007 - A pilot project to comfort pediatric patients and support their parents during visits to a hospital Emergency Department has been a resounding success, according to patients, parents and the ED’s staff members.

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  • CNO Program Grooms Nursing Leaders

    January 16, 2007 - Hospital turnover of chief nursing officers hasn’t surged anywhere near the quit rate of registered nurses, but that’s no reason to be complacent, said Dell Oliver, RN, director of the CNO development program at HCA Inc.’s corporate office in Nashville, Tennessee. The health system expects 20 to 25 ...

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