Must Reads, Patient Safety

8 Ways to Improve Patient Safety and Health Outcomes

Articles we have been reading this past week of April 23, 2018 discuss eight ways to improve patient safety and health outcomes.

#1 Way to Improve Patient Safety and Health Outcomes- Use Opioid-Sparing Strategies and More Precise Monitoring

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Blood Clots, Hospital Acquired Conditions

Why Bundled Payments for Joint Replacement May Be Risky for Patients

The following is an excerpt of an article on bundled payments for joint replacement written by Michael Wong, JD, Executive Director of PPAHS and Lynn Razzano, RN, MSN, ONCC, Clinical Nurse Consultant at PPAHS.  It was first appeared on The Doctor Weighs In on November 18, 2016.  To read the full article, please click here.

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Blood Clots, Hospital Acquired Conditions, Must Reads, Opioid Safety

Weekly Must-Reads in Patient Safety and Health Care (October 23, 2015) – Two-Time Stroke Survivor Hopes to Teach Others About F.A.S.T.

This week’s must-reads feature articles about multiple patient safety touchpoints, from an inspiring article about Catherine Zalewski, a 33-year-old mother of two, former Mrs. New Jersey and certified personal trainer, and two-time stroke survivor who is raising awareness for World Stroke Day, to a new report that pharmacist intervention can help reduce readmissions through postdischarge outreach phone calls.

The theme of this week’s must-reads is that patient safety can and is being improved at multiple touchpoints.

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Blood Clots

Reducing Hospital Readmissions

At the recent Crittenden Medical Conference which took place from March 30-April 1, 2014, essential factors for reducing hospital readmissions for the prevention and management of venous thromboembolism (“VTE” or commonly referred to as blood clots) were presented. Read More

Blood Clots

Watch Out 30 Day Readmissions are Avoidable for Stroke Patients – Startling News Requires Action

By Lynn Razzano, RN, MSN, ONCC

A recently published study, December 2013, on preventable readmissions within 30 days of ischemic stroke among Medicare beneficiaries looked at the proportion of post stroke readmissions that are potentially preventable or avoidable. This continues to remain unknown.  Preventable readmissions were identified based on 14 Prevention Quality Indicators developed for use with administrative data by the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. National, hospital-level, and regional preventable readmission rates were estimated.

The findings based on the prevention quality indicators identified a small proportion of readmissions were classified as preventable. Read More