Patient Care & Outcomes

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'Body mechanics' can't save nurses from back injuries

In addition to the prevalent workplace violence they face, nurses also frequently suffer musculoskeletal injuries on the job. The reason for the latter workplace danger is simple, according to an  NPR  report--even the "proper" method taught to many clinicians for how to lift patients can't protect them from serious back problems.

Report: Patients prefer to connect with providers in person, over the phone

Despite the plethora of technologies available to help patients connect with their care providers, most still prefer to communicate in person or over the phone, according to Salesforce's "2015 State of the Connected Patient" report.

Improved hand-hygiene compliance may pose hidden danger

Healthcare providers' emphasis on improving hand hygiene among workers may also be increasing dermatitis, according to a study from the University of Manchester.

Fewer alarms net positive results for Abbott Northwestern Hospital

In an effort to cut down on alarm fatigue, Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis took steps to reduce the number of alarms it uses while making sure staff didn't miss patient emergencies.

Hospital productivity better than previously thought

Despite previous research that claims otherwise, productivity at U.S. hospitals grew significantly between 2002 and 2011, according to a study published online in  Health Affairs.

Group calls for government agencies to tackle chronic pain

A working group commissioned by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health recommends that top government agencies conduct research to develop new strategies to manage the "widespread condition" of chronic pain.

Record snowfall leaves Boston hospitals in critical condition

Canceled surgeries, linen rationing and potential roof collapses due to the record snow fall in New England has left Boston Hospitals in crisis.  

Plans place drugs to treat HIV, MS on highest cost-sharing tier

When it comes to specialty drugs--namely, prescriptions to treat diseases such as HIV, cancer and multiple sclerosis--certain exchange plans place these costly drugs on the highest drug tier,  according to a new analysis from Avalere Health.

Remote monitoring helps prevent falls at Presence Covenant Medical Center

Presence Covenant Medical Center in Illinois found remote monitoring can help prevent patient falls in the hospital.

How California providers improved the care experience for low-income patients

Improving patient satisfaction takes hard work and a lot of time, but a new report from the Blue Shield of California Foundation shows providers that the goal is anything but impossible.