Patient Safety

Staffing Plans – What to Share with Staff and the Public

Posted by | Healthcare Data, Healthcare Transparency, Nurse Patient Ratios, Nursing, Nursing Staff, Patient Care, Patient Census, Patient Experience, Patient Safety, Patient Satisfaction, Patients, Staff Engagement, Staff Morale, Tracking Costs | No Comments

Once a staffing plan has been developed, how do we monitor our compliance to the plan?   How do we share these results with our staff and patients, in order to demonstrate our commitment to patient safety and staff satisfaction?

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Well intentioned but unworkable – mandated ratios in Massachusetts

Posted by | Brigham and Women's Hospital, Health Leaders Media, Healthcare Cost Savings, Healthcare Data, Massachusetts Hospitals, Midnight Census, Nurse Patient Ratios, Nursing Staff, Patient Care, Patient Census, Patient Safety | One Comment

staffing imageThe mandated nurse-patient staffing ratios discussion is heating up in Massachusetts, where the proposed Patient Safety Act would set the maximum number of patients that could be cared for by hospital nurses.

In an article in Health Leaders Media, a spokesperson for the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United said it was an “out and out unmitigated lie” that mandated ratios would be too expensive and rigid.

But the debate is far from one-sided among the nursing community. Read More

Paramedics’ patient follow-up helps reduce Minnesota readmissions

Posted by | Patient Care, Patient Safety, Readmissions, The Hospitalist | No Comments

Eisenberg-bannerEvery hospital in the nation has been tasked with reducing re-admissions, but the process is as unique to each hospital as it is to each patient.

In Minnesota, one hospital came up with an interesting strategy to follow up with discharged patients while not making a dent in the budget. When  paramedics had downtime, they visited discharged patients to make sure they were recovering and taking their medications.

That effort was one of the highlights of Minnesota’s new program, RARE (Reducing Avoidable Readmissions Effectively), which started in January 2011. The group’s 82 participating hospitals and 100 community partners reduced readmissions by 6,211 between January 2011 and June 2013. The group estimates that the program saved $30 million among its commercially insured population.

The organization won the 2013 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality. You can read more on The Hospitalist.