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Reducing Hospital Violence

Training, Partnerships are Key to Reducing Hospital Violence

Health care workers are increasingly becoming victims of violence-related injuries on the job. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reported that the violence injury incidence rate among Occupational Health Safety Network–participating facilities rose 65 percent for all health care personnel from 2012 to 2014. Workplace violence injuries increased by 55 percent among nurses during this time period.
Bonnie Michelman, executive director of police, security and outside services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and the security consultant for Partners Healthcare Inc., says violence in the health care workplace remains a frequent challenge.

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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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Roadblocks to Improving Patient Safety

Don Berwick's 7 Roadblocks to Improving Patient Safety

ORLANDO, Fla. — Don Berwick, M.D., kicked off the 19th annual National Patient Safety Foundation Patient Safety Congress with a keynote address urging the audience to act on what's been learned from the past 20 years of the quality-improvement movement.
Berwick, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's president emeritus and senior fellow, identified seven areas of concern that health care leaders should heed in the effort to continue the progress of the patient safety movement. To view excerpts from his talk click the link below.

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2016 Highlights: Driving Impact

2016 Highlights: Driving Impact

The Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), an affiliate of the American Hospital Association (AHA), has released 2016 Highlights: Driving Impact, featuring a data-rich infographic and a message from Jay Bhatt, D.O., president of HRET and chief medical officer of the AHA. In 2016, HRET collaborated with national, state and regional partners to expand work and impact in several areas: High-Reliability Organizations, Population Health, Emerging Models of Care and Team-Based Care.

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AHA Rural Health Care Leadership Conference

AHA Rural Health Care Leadership Conference

For over 30 years, the AHA Rural Health Care Leadership Conference has been the educational event of choice for rural leaders who want to stimulate their thinking and acquire the skills and competencies they need to transform their organization for a more sustainable future.
Participants include rural hospital and health system administrators, trustees, physician executives, nursing administrators, public health officials, network executives, and local leaders with a strong presence in rural communities and rural health associations.

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Community Health Improvement Week

Community Health Improvement Week

ACHI's Community Health Improvement Week is a national event to recognize community health professionals for their passion and dedication to improving the health of the communities they serve. Community Health Improvement Week is a national event that raises awareness, demonstrates impact and celebrates the individuals and organizations that work to improve the determinants of health in their communities. We need you to help us celebrate.

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Great Plains Quality Innovation Network

Great Plains QIN works to improve antibiotic stewardship

Antibiotics save millions of lives each year. Unfortunately, the misuse of antibiotics has led to antimicrobial resistance, which the CDC estimates is causing at least two million illnesses and 23,000 deaths annually in the United States alone.

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AONE Keynote

AONE Keynote: Nurse Leaders Must ‘Take Off Their Armor,’ Be Vulnerable to Succeed

Brené Brown delivered the opening keynote address to the American Organization of Nurse Executives, encouraging nurse leaders to embrace vulnerability as a key component to leadership.

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