Archive December 2010

[HPR]-Kaiser hones hand-offs from hospital to homes

Dec31

Kaiser hones hand-offs from hospital to homesPreventing defects leads to less readmissionsJust as it standardized clinician-to-clinician hand-offs, Kaiser Permanente recognized the importance of the hand-off for the patient from hospital to home. Working to standardize the communication needs therein was Carol Barnes, MS, PT, GCS, principal program consultant with Kaiser’s Care Management Institute.The "couple-year" initiative, […]

[HPR]-Take a look at your QAPI CoP compliance

Dec31

Take a look at your QAPI CoP complianceThe recent report from the Office of the Inspector "Adverse Events in Hospitals: National Incidence Among Medicare Beneficiaries" recommends that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) focus on the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) Condition of Participations in its survey and certification processes."This report really […]

[HPR]-OIG report: Adverse events still too common, ‘CMS expand HAC list’

Dec31

OIG report: Adverse events still too common, ‘CMS expand HAC list’‘No turning back': More reporting requirements on horizonThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), on the march to value-based purchasing and tying quality care to reimbursement levels, certainly will be requiring more and more from hospitals. But a recent report from the Office of […]

[HPR]-CNE objectives/questions

Dec31

CNE objectivesUpon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:?Identify a particular clinical, legal, or educational issue related to quality improvement and performance outcomes. ?Describe how clinical, legal, or educational issues related to quality improvement and performance outcomes affect nurses, health care workers, hospitals, or the health care industry in general. ?Cite solutions […]

Research results from National Hospital Organization, Department of Internal Medicine update knowledge of stem cell research

Dec31

Investigators publish new data in the report ‘Efficacy of bezafibrate for chronic GVHD of the liver after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.’ According to recent research from Kumamoto, Japan, "Chronic GVHD (cGVHD) of the liver is an important cause of morbidity and mortality after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT). It is characterized by the […]

Reports summarize anemia research from Henry Ford Hospital

Dec31

Fresh data on anemia are presented in the report ‘Iron supplementation to treat anemia in patients with chronic kidney disease.’ According to a study from the United States, "Iron deficiency is prevalent in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), and use of oral and intravenous iron in patients with CKD who do not require dialysis […]

Research conducted at University Children’s Hospital, Division of Metabolism has provided new information about inherited metabolic disease

Dec31

Scientists discuss in ‘CRIM-negative infantile Pompe disease: 42-month treatment outcome’ new findings in inherited metabolic disease. According to a study from Zurich, Switzerland, "Pompe disease is a rare lysosomal glycogen storage disorder characterized by deficiency of acid a-glucosidase enzyme (GAA) and caused by mutations in the GAA gene. Infantile-type Pompe disease is a multiorgan disorder […]

Report summarizes heart failure study findings from Lenox Hill Hospital, Division of Nephrology

Dec31

A report, ‘Impact of heart failure on the incidence of contrast-induced nephropathy in patients with chronic kidney disease,’ is newly published data in International Urology and Nephrology. "We randomized patients with chronic kidney disease (serum creatinine=1.5 mg/dl or glomerular filtration rate (GFR) <60 ml/min/1.73 m) in a double-blind fashion to receive saline or sodium bicarbonate […]

Infection results show local hospitals hovering around the midpoint [North County Times, Escondido, Calif.]

Dec31

Dec. 31North County hospitals generally seemed to fare well in the state’s inaugural infection report.The report shows that infection rates among hospitals that most directly serve North County residents were generally near the midpoint for rates reported by hospitals statewide in, for example, cases of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus otherwise known as MRSA.Pomerado Hospital in Poway […]

Kelly helps speedy recovery [Newcastle Evening Chronicle (England)]

Dec31

A SPECIALIST nurse is helping patients to recover from surgery more quickly and spend less time in hospital.Kelly Henderson has taken up the new post of enhanced recovery nurse for colorectal surgery.Her role is dedicated to ensuring people receive the best care to make a speedier recovery.This is the first post of its kind in […]