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Surgical Errors on the Rise, Keep Your Operative Reports Accurate

Surgical Errors on the Rise, Keep Your Operative Reports Accurate

A new state report covering Connecticut hospitals found that the number of adverse events in hospitals and other healthcare facilities reached 500 in 2013 i.e. double the number of 244 incidents reported in 2012. When it comes to surgical adverse events, there is a large increase in perforation during surgery. The number of patients harmed … Continue reading Surgical Errors on the Rise, Keep Your Operative Reports Accurate

Quality Anesthesia Documentation – Barriers and a Possible Solution

Quality Anesthesia Documentation – Barriers and a Possible Solution

Documenting vitals and patient history during pre-op anesthesia is time consuming while recording vitals in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) will take away a significant portion of time dedicated for patient care. Electronic anesthesia documentation is considered a fast and efficient method that ensures clear communication among providers and diligent patient care. However, underreporting of … Continue reading Quality Anesthesia Documentation – Barriers and a Possible Solution

EHRs Not Sufficient to Improve the Quality of Stroke Care

EHRs Not Sufficient to Improve the Quality of Stroke Care

Electronic health records (EHRs) are supposed to enhance the clinical outcomes with faster data input, exchange and retrieval. EHR is regarded as an effective clinical documentation tool to improve the quality of care for conditions for which guidelines are quickly evolving and timely care is crucial. However, this system doesn’t seem to be an outstanding … Continue reading EHRs Not Sufficient to Improve the Quality of Stroke Care

NLP to Ensure Quality of Colonoscopy

NLP to Ensure Quality of Colonoscopy

A new study by a group of researchers from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University School of Medicine shows that natural language processing or NLP accurately tracks colonoscopy quality. The presence of adenomas in the colon predicts the patient’s risk of developing colon cancer later and its detection rate is considered as a critical … Continue reading NLP to Ensure Quality of Colonoscopy

Documentation Errors Affect Pediatric Patient Safety

Documentation Errors Affect Pediatric Patient Safety

Accurate pediatric documentation is not only essential for effective care and treatment for the child, but also plays a significant role in ensuring patient safety. A UK based study identified different types of pediatric safety incidents and found documentation-related errors among the most frequently cited contributory factors to patient harm. The family practice patient safety … Continue reading Documentation Errors Affect Pediatric Patient Safety

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