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The management of patients admitted during weekends may be compromised because the level of staffing in the hospital is often lower then. This study was conducted to assess what independent influence, if any, weekend admission might have on inhospital mortality. The authors analyzed the clinical...
Increased emphasis on patient safety in hospitals worldwide has become a critical goal for health care facilities and providers over the past decade. Resident work hour restrictions, handwashing efforts, medication reconciliation, procedural pauses, and a variety of improved communication...
Performance measurement and reporting has become widespread. The authors provide a status snapshot of regional (n = 20) and nonregional (n = 24) initiatives that have issued at least 1 performance report since 2005. Most regional initiatives around the United States are in the very early stages...
The objective of this retrospective cohort study was to assess frequency and outcomes associated with blood products transfusion. Data from the 2004 Nationwide Inpatient Sample database were used. Length of stay (LOS), postoperative infections, noninfectious transfusion-related complications,...
Central line–associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) acquired in health care institutions are common and costly. A novel monitoring and prevention program dramatically reduced CLABSIs across one state. The extent to which other states have adopted similar efforts is unknown. State hospital...
This study’s goal was to identify the strongest predictors of satisfaction with a health plan offered to employees at a large university in the Midwestern United States. Survey responses from 1533 employees were analyzed (response rate of 51.2%). Unadjusted odds ratios (ORs) were calculated to...
Technological and medical advancements have dramatically accelerated the speed of change in the realm of health care. New technology, the changing needs of patients, and economic pressures all contribute to the need for health organizations to modify practices continually. Quality improvement...
Airway management is germane to safe patient care. Keys to management of difficult airways (DAs) are the “Right People, Right Parts, and Right Place” (R3P3). Successful management of DA requires clinicians who have adequate training, experience, and equipment. Policies were implemented to...
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