Regulations needed to compel safer hospital practices

first_img Read Full Story Patient safety expert Lucian Leape has called for the creation of a federal agency to compel safer hospital practices. He thinks regulation is the only way to effectively reduce the avoidable harm that takes place in the nation’s hospitals.“I’ll put my chips on brute force, and that is regulation,” said Leape, adjunct professor of health policy in the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) Department of Health Policy and Management, at the recent Association of Health Care Journalists conference in Boston. Following up on his remarks in a May 13, 2013 article for HealthLeaders Magazine, he said, “We need to quit blaming and punishing people when they make mistakes and recognize that errors are symptoms of a system that’s not working right, and go figure that out and change the system so no one will make that error again, hopefully. We have to change the culture so everyone feels safety is his or her responsibility and identifies hazards before someone gets hurt.”For instance, Leape said, hospitals workers should always disinfect their hands and get immunized against influenza. “But we have no mechanism for making that happen,” he said. “If a hospital doesn’t require it, nothing happens, and that’s not right. It should be illegal….It’s incomprehensible to me that hospitals can continue to not follow practices that are known to make a real difference.”last_img read more

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14th COVID-19 Related Death, Four New Cases Reported In Cattaraugus County

first_imgCDC / Alissa Eckert, MS LITTLE VALLEY – The fourteenth COVID-19 related death in Cattaraugus County was announced on Sunday.The County’s Health Department says a 65-year-old woman in the southwest part of the county developed respiratory failure and was unable to overcome her illness despite medical treatment.There were also four new cases of the virus announced over the weekend, bringing the county’s total number of cases to 347 since the pandemic started.The new cases involve a man and three women in the southeast part of the county. There are 60 active cases with 273 recovered.Meanwhile, 28 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Chautauqua County over the weekend.The Health Department is expected to release more details about the new cases on Monday. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Agreement averts Iowa court fight over surgical abortions

first_imgDES MOINES — Iowa women will be able to have “essential” surgical abortions under an agreement between attorneys representing the state and those representing Planned Parenthood and the ACLU of Iowa.Governor Kim Reynolds issued an order last week that cancelled all elective surgeries through April 16th. According to the agreement, the governor’s proclamation only suspends “non-essential” surgical abortions. ACLU of Iowa spokesperson Veronica Fowler says it ensures doctors can treat abortion the same as other procedures and make decisions based on individual patients.“We have confidence that the state will do what it says it’s going to do, that women who need essential abortion services will continue receiving them without interference from the state,” Fowler says.Abortions are illegal in Iowa after the 20th week of a pregnancy and delaying some surgical abortions could send women past that timeline. Medication abortions have never been affected by the governor’s order.The Family Leader, a conservative group that supports an outright ban on abortion, issued a scathing statement. Family Leader CEO Bob Vander Plaats accused Planned Parenthood of trying to “hoard” medical supplies that doctors and nurses need as they deal with COVID-19.last_img read more

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Bournemouth sign midfielder from Sheffield United

first_img 1 REVEALED Brooks has shown plenty of promise at Sheffield United targets LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Sheffield United released a statement which confirmed they had received a “club-record fee” for the youngster, and added: “United moved last season to reward Brooks with a new long-term deal and had no intentions to sell.“However, following changes to his representation, interest from the Premier League proved a key driver in the player wanting to make the move, with the Blades forced to negotiate the best possible transfer fee, plus additional clauses, including a sell-on percentage.” LIVING THE DREAM Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland RANKED center_img Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets IN DEMAND Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LATEST Bournemouth have announced the signing of midfielder David Brooks from Sheffield United.The 20-year-old Wales international has signed a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer moving on The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star “The chance to come and play for a club in the Premier League is a great opportunity for myself. I’m delighted to be on board,” Brooks told Bournemouth’s website.“When you look at Eddie Howe as a manager you want to be involved in something like that. He’s got big ambitions and with younger players he develops them well and he gives them a chance.“That’s something I’m looking for and he was one of the main attractions for me to come to Bournemouth.”Boss Howe said: “David is a player we have been looking at for a long time.“He is technically very good, has huge potential and will fit our philosophy in terms of how we want to play.“We’ve seen enough to suggest he is a player who could be outstanding at this level in the future if he develops in the right way and is willing to learn and improve.”last_img read more

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