The Impact of Nursing Workloads on Patients

The impact of nursing workloads on patients

Study after study has shown that nurses around the world are burdened with heavy workloads. This is largely a result of under-staffing, which is caused by a variety of different factors, including an increase in demand for nurses as the population ages, an inadequate supply of available nurses, deliberately reduced staffing and increased overtime intended

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Common malpractice claims against radiologists

Advances in radiologic technology in recent years have led to an increase in the role of the radiologist related to patient care. Increasing numbers of legal claims against radiologists have naturally followed as radiologists take on additional responsibility for patient diagnoses. Based on recent statistics, 31% of radiologists can expect to be involved in a

Infection prevention in a health care setting

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes detailed guidelines designed to minimize the chances of health care-associated infections in patients and the spread of infection within the facility. Here are some of the things you can do to ensure that you and your patients are safe from infection. Maintain hand hygiene standards Practicing

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Malpractice risks for dental hygienists

It might seem as though dental hygienists are unlikely to be named in malpractice lawsuits, but that is not the case. According to the National Practitioner DataBank from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there were 2,530 medical malpractice payment reports and adverse action reports taken against dental hygienists and assistants between 2003

The importance of medical documentation

One of the best defenses if you’re faced with a malpractice suit is comprehensive, professional and accurate patient records. In Implications of Altered Medical Records we discussed why it is so important that patients’ records be kept with integrity. Now we’ll look at what goes into proper documentation. The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)

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Patient safety education for medical students

You may be surprised to learn that patient safety is not a significant focus in undergraduate medical school curricula. The research study “Patient safety education for undergraduate medical students: a systematic review” found that patient safety content ranges from only 4 to 30 hours across various medical schools. The study also found that no patient

Altered medical records are never acceptable

Complete, detailed and accurate medical documentation is not only essential for patient care but also for defense in the event of a malpractice lawsuit. Every addition to patient records should be marked with the date and time that corresponds to the medical consultation or treatment being described. Any corrections should have their own date and

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Wound care potential liabilities

The need for care of chronic wounds, whether pressure ulcers, diabetic ulcers or other non-healing wounds, is becoming more prevalent as the population ages. As with any aspect of patient care, wound care has specific liabilities for health care professionals associated with it. Best practices for care One vital aspect of wound care is to follow

improving medication accuracy

Medication errors are a common safety risk for patients, particularly those who are hospitalized. According to the Institute of Medicine’s 2006 Preventing Medication Errors report, the average hospitalized patient is subject to at least one medication error per day, of which 20 percent are believed to be harmful. These errors are more frequent in relation

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EMR software

As electronic medical records (EMR) software becomes ubiquitous in the medical field, there are increasing concerns about the effects of having a computer terminal in the exam room on interactions between health care providers and patients. A recent study from Northwestern University published in the International Journal of Medical Informatics found that doctors who use

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