April 2015 Vol. 10 No. 4

2015 top patient safety concerns

Alarm hazards top the “Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations,” released by ECRI Institute. Data integrity and managing patient violence are second and third. Read more.

Ethics case study: ‘Just watch them die…’

According to the Associated Press, a Brookdale Senior Residence facility* worker who identified herself as a nurse, refused to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to Lorraine Bayless, an 87-year-old…

Falling forward: Why is it so hard?

  Yes, I’m talking about falls here! Why is it so hard to take what we KNOW, and make it what we DO? We know best practices, we…

FDA approves generic Abilify

On April 28, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first generic versions of Abilify (aripiprazole). Read more.

FDA approves new test for diagnosing gastroparesis.

On April 6, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Gastric Emptying Breath Test (GEBT), a new noninvasive test to help diagnose gastroparesis (delayed gastric emptying). Read…

Infections associated with reprocessed duodenoscopes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken several steps in response to infections associated with reprocessed duodenoscopes, including issuing a safety communication that warned it is…

Is this quality improvement or research?

Imagine you’re a nurse working in the emergency department (ED) of a small hospital who wants to reduce medication errors in your department. You decide to implement a…

Quiz time

Which statement about hyperglycemia and mortality in patients receiving nutritional support is correct? a.Compared to parenteral nutrition (PN), enteral nutrition (EN). increases hyperglycemia risk nearly twofold. b. Compared…

Transitional care can reduce hospital readmissions

Avoidable hospital admissions are a key patient safety and quality concern. A significant cause of preventable readmissions is poor communication and coordination of care during transitions. Transitions between…

Variation in mortality

Compared to Whites, Blacks had lower risk adjusted mortality rates for several medical conditions and for abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, according to a study in Ethnicity and Disease.…

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