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Are you a Lean Thinker?

Are you a Lean Thinker?

Posted on November 16, 2017

Ever feel pressure to do more with less?  Find yourself questioning why work is done the way it is or how it could be improved?  Looking for ways to empower your colleagues while keeping your customers happy?  Then lean thinking may be for you.Ever feel pressure to do more with less?  Find yourself questioning why View

November 11: 2018 National Patient Safety Goal Update

November 11: 2018 National Patient Safety Goal Update

Posted on November 16, 2017

The Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals are published annually for all sites of care accredited by The Joint Commission. Implementing the NPSGs, even if you are not Joint Commission accredited is an ideal way to maintain patient safety. You can access the NPSGs on the Joint Commission web site at no charge. The 2018 View

Population Based Care Coordination

Population Based Care Coordination

Posted on November 14, 2017

Greater emphasis is being placed on creating a model that will work in all settings and places the individual’s needs first. According to AHRQ, “Care coordination involves deliberately organizing patient care activities and sharing information among all of the participants concerned with a patient’s care to achieve safer and more effective care.

Optimizing Teamwork in Your Workforce

Optimizing Teamwork in Your Workforce

Posted on November 10, 2017

Teamwork is a familiar word that is frequently bantered around in the workplace yet implementation of the concept is not always easy nor is it easy to do well.  Unlike other species, humans think first about self; what’s best for me versus what’s best for the team.  Indulge me and contemplate for a moment, a View

How to Engage Patients in Choosing Healthy Behaviors WITHOUT Giving Advice

How to Engage Patients in Choosing Healthy Behaviors WITHOUT Giving Advice

Posted on October 25, 2017

I don’t know about you, but I, like most people, don’t like being told what to do.  From about the age of 2, we all began to flex our independence as we learned to say no.  As healthcare professionals, we have studied human development and have a pretty good understanding of it.  However, we don’t View

Strategies for Addressing Alarm Fatigue

Strategies for Addressing Alarm Fatigue

Posted on October 25, 2017

  Alarm fatigue or alert fatigue occurs when one is exposed to a large number of frequent alarms (alerts) and consequently becomes desensitized to them.  Anyone who has worked in a hospital has certainly experienced this.  Even patients can easily become desensitized. Improving the safety of clinical alarm systems is a Joint Commission National Patient View

Hand washing Compliance

Hand washing Compliance

Posted on October 25, 2017

  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention first released formal written guidelines on handwashing in hospitals in 1975. That’s more than 40 years ago.  So…. why is this still an issue?  A variety of authors have provided both reasons for lack of compliance as well as strategies for improvement.  And, The Joint Commission continues View

Making Patient Safety a Priority

Making Patient Safety a Priority

Posted on October 25, 2017

  There are several national organizations that publish patient safety goals including The Joint Commission and the Partnership for Patients. Every hospital has a goal of improving patient safety – and most hospitals are working on one or more.  But the most important question is not what safety goals you are working on – but View

Modern Roles and Responsibilities for Executives in Healthcare

Modern Roles and Responsibilities for Executives in Healthcare

Posted on September 28, 2017

As healthcare changes at a non-stop pace, the roles and responsibilities of executives in healthcare are also ever-evolving. Sometimes, the positions and titles that executives were once assigned no longer match the responsibilities of the position.

Solutions for Improving Swing Bed Volume

Solutions for Improving Swing Bed Volume

Posted on September 28, 2017

Swing Bed volume can be a significant revenue source for many Critical Access Hospitals. Here’s some tips on increasing volume…

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