Nursing News

The New Report Cards on Patient Safety: Has Your Hospital Improved?
April 30, 2015 - The spring 2015 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score indicates hospitals have made statistically significant improvements in patient safety since fall 2014, but room for improvement exists on a number of issues.

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Updated OSHA Guidelines Protect Health Care Workers from Workplace Violence
April 20, 2015 - In 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported more than 23,000 significant injuries due to assault at work. More than 70 percent of these assaults were in health care and social service settings.

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Nursing Students Learn the Art of Observation
April 13, 2015 - “A picture is worth a thousand words” is an old adage that can now be applied to the health care space, thanks to a study that found medical and nursing students can improve their observation skills by looking at art.

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Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Appear Underused
March 10, 2015 - With the increasing use of opioid analgesics has come public health concerns associated with the misuse and abuse of these drugs. States have developed prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) to help identify and deter opioid abuse, but they are not always used.

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Confusion About POLST May Affect End-of-life Care
March 9, 2015 - Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) documents are an approach to end-of-life care planning with medical orders that can be followed across health care settings, but a recent study from the University of Pennsylvania found that emergency physicians and paramedics commonly misinterpret the documents.

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Hospital Survey Finds Mixed Results in Maternity Care
February 25, 2015 - U.S. hospitals are making gains in the quality of maternity care offered, yet data from The Leapfrog Group’s hospital survey also demonstrates substantial room exists for enhancing care.

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