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STS 2018 Annual Meeting: Five Highlights

The transition from surgical to percutaneous treatment approaches, and how to optimize outcomes of patients needing valve repair or replacement, were among the dominant themes of this year’s Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) annual meeting, held Jan. 27 – 31 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I was joined at the meeting by colleagues Robin Cunningham, R.N., […]

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Under the Microscope

Antimicrobial Stewardship Goes Mainstream In July 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety alert on the serious side effects associated with quinolones, a class of antibiotics that includes ciprofloxacin and levofloxacin. These drugs are convenient in many ways, notably because they treat a broad range of infections and are effective both intravenously […]

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Sharps Safety

Getting stuck with a needle never feels good. But an accidental prick with a used needle or a cut from a scalpel can be especially harmful, even deadly. The Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act of 2000 made needle safety a priority in hospitals, but clinicians still need to be alert to the dangers and institute […]

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An Ounce of Prevention

Making Patient and Employee Safety a Priority In 2007, Thomas and Zoe Quaid, newborn twins of actor Dennis Quaid and his wife, Kimberly, almost died after they were accidentally given an overdose of heparin, a blood thinner medication, at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Medical errors like these get a lot of attention and, unfortunately, they […]

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Member Success Story

The Value of a Seamless Integration How RWJBarnabas Health transformed its supply chain operations before, during and after a merger On April 1, 2016, Barnabas Health merged with Robert Wood Johnson Health System to create RWJBarnabas Health, New Jersey’s most comprehensive healthcare system with 11 acute care hospitals, one behavioral health hospital, and a medical staff […]

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Patient and Family Advisory Councils Improve Patient Experience

Hospitals are always seeking new ways to engage patients and improve the hospital experience. They have been using patient surveys and online reviews to gauge their success. Increasingly, they are also creating patient and family advisory councils. Among them is LifePoint Health, a Brentwood, Tennessee-based health system that operates 71 hospitals around the country. Patient […]

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Achieving Three Stars for CABG Surgery

Preop Clinic Helps Good Samaritan Add a ‘Star’ to Its STS Quality Score Achieving the best possible patient outcomes is an ongoing challenge for cardiothoracic surgery programs around the country, and a stretch goal would be the coveted three-star quality award ranking from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). Roughly three-quarters of all participants in […]

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Strengthening Your IP Squad

At the end of 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the latest data on its Hospital Acquired Condition (HAC) Reduction Program. As the name suggests, the aim of the program is to reduce hospital-acquired conditions like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile (C. diff.) and catheter-related urinary tract infections. CMS is […]

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Clinical Check-in: Organizing the Chaos

Six Ways to Make Your Code Blue Team More Cohesive A 60-year-old patient—who was awake and talking to her visiting daughters earlier in the day—suddenly begins to turn purple and loses consciousness. After checking for a pulse, the patient’s nurse determines the patient is in cardiac or respiratory arrest and calls a code blue. An […]

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Spotlight On: Performance Capability Scorecard

As a leading healthcare performance improvement company, HealthTrust is constantly looking for ways to help members raise their results in areas beyond purchasing. To that end, HealthTrust’s inSight Advisory Services recently launched a set of Performance Capability Scorecards to help members enhance their performance in supply chain management, clinical performance, and labor management and productivity. […]

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Healthcare Innovation

Service Lab: Healthcare Innovation

For people with neurological injuries or disorders, there’s often no such thing as full recovery—most will live with the condition for the rest of their life. Because of this, the assistance needed extends far beyond outpatient care and the occasional doctor’s visit. Most neuro patients are left to navigate complex treatment paths alone, along with […]

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Members in Action

Health systems participating in the inaugural HealthTrust Perioperative Pain Management Collaboration Summit in April 2017 have made significant progress in raising awareness of the risks posed by prescription opioid drugs—notably, unpleasant side effects that include chronic use and dependency. Understanding current prescribing patterns and opportunities to use non-narcotic alternatives are among the investigative tasks currently […]

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Leadership Link-Rodriguez: Professional Development Members In Action

An ultra-marathoner and eight-time marathon runner, Raymond Rodriguez, M.D., serves as a role model for his cardiac patients, inspiring and empowering them to make fitness a part of their lifestyle. In an interview with The Source, Rodriguez talks about his practical ideas for improving population health, his passion for medical missions work in the Dominican […]

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Value Based Care

The mortality rate of patients with undetected acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is at least twice that of patients who are accurately diagnosed. Prompt, accurate diagnosis is critical. The key, according to the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), is to “reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are […]

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Member Success Story

In 2014, providers wrote nearly a quarter of a billion opioid prescriptions. The intention may have been noble—to alleviate patient pain—but the fallout has been devastating. Since 1999, sales of opioid prescriptions have quadrupled, and so have overdose deaths involving prescription opioids. As the government and other public health agencies sound the alarm on this […]

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Using Cardiac Risk Stratification to Guide Medical Decision-making and Informed Consent

Over the past few decades, dozens of patient risk-stratification tools have been developed, tested and proven efficacious for particular types of symptoms, conditions and care settings. In the cardiac patient population, many such evidence-based algorithms are routinely utilized to help providers set appropriate expectations and mitigate risk, if feasible, in order to deliver the best […]

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Code Silver

Incidents of serious workplace violence were, on average, four times more common in healthcare than in private industry from 2002 to 2013—putting healthcare workers at an increased risk for workplace violence, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The majority of these violent altercations are caused by interactions with patients or someone entering the […]

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3 Patient-centered Practices for Improving Cardiac Outcomes

While it can be challenging to embrace the principles of patient-centeredness, it is also a key quality improvement target, according to a groundbreaking 2001 report on the subject by the Institute of Medicine. The patient satisfaction survey required of hospitals by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services likewise pays homage to patient-centeredness by tracking […]

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HealthTrust Awards Scripps Health an Innovation Grant For Perioperative Opioid Stewardship Initiative

LAS VEGAS, Nevada—July 19, 2017—Scripps Health, a nonprofit integrated healthcare delivery system based in San Diego, California, was awarded a HealthTrust Innovation Grant at the 2017 HealthTrust University Conference held in Las Vegas, Nevada. HealthTrustSM established the annual grant three years ago to sponsor and reward new, scalable ideas for advancing healthcare by improving care […]

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HealthTrust Presents 2017 Member Recognition Awards

LAS VEGAS, Nevada—July 18, 2017—HealthTrust has recognized 21 individuals with its highest honor during the 2017 HealthTrust University Conference in Las Vegas. The healthcare performance improvement company established its annual Member Recognition Award program to acknowledge outstanding contributions of member organizations for demonstrating best practices and achieving operational excellence benefitting providers and their patients. Awards […]

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‘Personalized’ Medical Devices: Premium Price Often the Only Certainty

In the surgical field, personalized medicine has a role to play across all stages of patient care—including when physicians make a diagnosis, create a treatment plan, do preoperative preparations and give postoperative care. A relatively recent occurrence is the introduction of “personalized” medical devices, which come with a premium price but typically without evidence that […]

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