Two Big Reasons Healthcare Needs Innovative Approaches in Antibiotic Stewardship

By Rosie Lyles, MD, MHA, MScClinical SolutionsLeave a Comment

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At least two million people face an infection due to antibiotic resistant bacteria every year. The CDC statistics have it documented that at least 23,000 die each year as a result of these infections. We have to evolve past these statistics and change. Since 2011, the FDA listed out ways to combat this constantly growing public health concern. Our efforts … Read More

Three Roles Caregivers Must Take on to Help Fight Opioid Epidemic

By Rhonda BaliffHot TopicsLeave a Comment

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It’s troubling what medical personnel are seeing as our country’s opioid problem worsens. The CDC just released their latest report on opioid overdoses and emergency departments are working furiously because of the increase – a 30 percent jump in ED visits in 2017 over 2016. We’re asking emergency room staff, and paramedics and EMTs to take on this burden, but … Read More

Five Reasons Hospitals Must Deputize Patients to Reduce Infections

By Ramzy NasrallahClinical SolutionsLeave a Comment

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TRIVIA: How long has the world known that hand-washing is the single-most effective and simple means for reducing the transmission of illnesses, germs and infections? We’ll get to the answer shortly. You have known it’s something you’re supposed to do since you were a child, but it goes beyond childhood. The CDC introduced its Clean Hands Count campaign for doctors … Read More

How Engaging the Family Will Improve Patient Safety

By Martie L. MooreHot TopicsLeave a Comment

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Google patient safety and you will receive millions of opportunities to read research, ideas, expectations and statistics. Medical errors are the third leading cause of harm and death in the United States.1The World Health Organization has been bold in their statement that patient safety is a fundamental principle of healthcare. I stand behind that bold statement. A Global Effort and … Read More

How to Achieve Growth in an Era of Consumerism and Online Reviews

By Antonia FinlaysonYour Bottom LineLeave a Comment

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In the latest wave of change in healthcare, payers are actively steering patients to lower sites of care across many procedural areas. Anthem has restricted MRI and CT scans provided in hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) in several states and plans to roll out those restrictions to 13 states this year. It has announced restrictions for emergency room care, as well. … Read More