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Stem the Tide: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Stem the Tide: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

The American Hospital Association has released a new toolkit to provide guidance to hospitals and health systems on how they can work with their patients, clinicians and communities to stem the opioid epidemic.

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Partnership for Patients All HIIN hospital map

Partnership for Patients All HIIN hospital map

The nationwide Partnership for Patients initiative aims to save lives by averting hospital acquired conditions and improving the transition of care from care setting to another through reducing readmissions. At the core of this initiative are 16 Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks (HIINs), which partner with more than 4,000 hospitals, working with healthcare providers and institutions, to identify best practices and solutions to reducing hospital acquired conditions and readmissions.

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Food Insecurity and the Role of Hospitals

Food Insecurity and the Role of Hospitals

The American Hospital Association hosted a webinar that is an extension of the “Social Determinants of Health Series: Food Insecurity and the Role of Hospitals” guide; which featured innovative practices Arkansas Children’s Hospital and ProMedica implemented to identify and reduce the prevalence of food insecurity in the communities they serve. Because only 20 percent of health can be attributed to medical care, hospitals are recognizing the effects socio-economic factors have on health.

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Podcasts on Violence Prevention

Podcasts on Violence Prevention

As part of the Hospitals Against Violence campaign, the AHA interviewed various hospitals across the country that have institutionalized a violence prevention program upon learning violence is a prominent health issue in the communities they serve. Listen to some initiatives hospitals have adopted to combat violence in their community.

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Pet Therapy

New Nurses Specialize in Sepsis; Pet Therapy Works, but Follow the Guidelines

These nurses have a singular focus: Sepsis
Anna Gorman of Kaiser Health News describes “a new breed of nurses” like those at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif., whose exclusive responsibility is to care for patients with sepsis. Spotlighting one such nurse, Gorman writes, “She has a clear mission: identify and treat those patients quickly to minimize their chance of death. [She] administers antibiotics, draws blood for testing, gives fluids and closely monitors her charges — on a very tight timetable.” Every American hospital has programs to target sepsis, but some experts say more should consider specifically designating sepsis nurses and coordinators like the ones at St. Joseph.

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