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OHA, Ohio Hospitals Earn National Recognition for Quality Improvement Initiatives

07/17/2017

The Ohio Hospital Association’s Institute for Health Innovation has earned the American Hospital Association’s 2017 Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award Honorable Mention for our collaboration with 100 member hospitals to save lives and reduce health care costs by decreasing sepsis mortality and improving workplace safe Read More . . .

Adverse Drug Events (ADE): Anticoagulation Safety

07/17/2017

OHA HIIN hospitals were surveyed in February about their ADE processes and definition preferences. At that time, 72% of hospitals reported that they were collecting anticoagulation management data (INR>5), 16% were in process of developing a tool/report to capture INR data, and 12% were currently not collecting INR data. The Anti Read More . . .

Examine Best Practices at New Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital 

07/17/2017

Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital is a new 126-bed acute care hospital that opened in November 2016. It is the first new hospital opened by the Cleveland Clinic Health System in over 90 years. The hospital was designed to create an efficient health care environment with hundreds of patients and caregivers providing input into the desig Read More . . .

New AHRQ Evidence Report Compares Risks and Benefits of Blood Clot Prevention Approaches

07/17/2017

A new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality compares the effectiveness of venous thromboembolism prevention among people getting hip or knee replacements, and among people being treated for hip fractures. Few studies provided direct comparisons between different types of blood thinners and mechanical interventio Read More . . .

Handshake-Free Zones Target Spread Of Germs In The Hospital

07/17/2017

Dr. Mark Sklansky, a self-described germaphobe, can't stop thinking about how quickly microbes can spread. "If I am at a computer terminal or using a phone or opening a door, I know my hands are now contaminated, and I need to be careful and I need to wash my hands," says Sklansky, a professor of pediatrics at th Read More . . .

Discharge Instructions/Education Materials Released for VTE

07/17/2017

The Joint Commission recently developed a Compendium of Resources designed to provide clinicians and other health care educators with reliable and up-to-date patient education and discharge materials for venous thromboembolism patients discharged on anticoagulants. The Compendium, reviewed by an eight-member Technical Advisory Panel Read More . . .

Health Leads Publishes Social Needs Screening Toolkit

07/17/2017

Screening for social needs prevalence is a critical first step to understanding many of the key factors – like food, heat and shelter – impacting your patients’ health. But making sure you ask the right questions—ones that accurately dig into the prevalence and impact of unmet social needs on your unique popu Read More . . .

Toolkit Helps Build Business Case for Safer Care

07/17/2017

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement/ National Patient Safety Foundation Patient Safety Coalition has developed a toolkit to guide collaboration among safety and financial leaders to demonstrate the value and return on investment for safer, quality care. The main document offers guidelines to assess organizational readiness for Read More . . .

New Core Elements Resource Provides Framework for Small and Critical Access Hospitals

07/17/2017

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has just released a new resource for small and Critical Access Hospitals that was guided by providers in these settings and is designed to address their unique challenges.   The Implementation of Antimicrobial Stewardship Core Elements at Small and Critical Access Hospitals Read More . . .

ASP 101 Webinar Set for Tomorrow

06/19/2017

OHA, the Minnesota Hospital Association and the Health Services Advisory Group are presenting the webinar Antibiotic Stewardship 101 at 1 p.m. (CDT) and 2 p.m. (EDT) tomorrow, June 20. This webinar will provide an overview of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship for acute, amb Read More . . .

More than 320 Attend OHA Quality Summit

06/19/2017

OHA’s 10th Annual Quality Summit last week in Columbus featured a full day of clinical presentations, a shared livestream with the Minnesota Hospital Association and poster presentations. More than 320 attended in person and dozens of Minnesota facilities connected via the livestream. Here are several resources from the event Read More . . .

Adverse Drug Events: Opioid Safety (Inpatient Only)

06/19/2017

In a survey conducted in February 2017, 66% of the 50 hospital respondents reported they were actively engaged in collecting Opioid Safety data, 22% were not collecting this data, and 14% were in the process of developing tools/reports to collect Opioid Safety data. The responses shown below reveal a majority of respondents opted to Read More . . .

Community Health and Wellness Center Offers Operation: Street Smart Adult Drug Education to Employees and Community

06/19/2017

Operation Street Smart on April 18 presented to the Community Health and Wellness Center staff and Bryan/Montpelier, Ohio communities. Operation: Street Smart, presented by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, is an adult drug education program designed to education on the trends, terminology, paraphernalia and physiological Read More . . .

Firelands Deploys Health Care Education Via Social Media

06/19/2017

Social media is a very common medium utilized to educate the public on various topics and subjects. However, when you combine medical knowledge and comedy to educate the public on medical topics using social media, you might very well be saving a life. Zubin Damania, MD is the Founder of Turntable Health, in Las Vegas. Before moving Read More . . .

Submit Your Wayfinder Agreement

06/19/2017

As an added value to your participation in the OHA HIIN, your facility will have access to the Battelle WayFinder predicative analytics platform at no cost. This platform leverages the administrative data that your facility already submits to OHA, and allows you to compare your hospital’s performance against several relevant b Read More . . .

New AHRQ Publications Summarize Evidence on the Diagnosis, Prevention, and Treatment of C. difficile

06/19/2017

New evidence-based publications from AHRQ can help clinicians and patients make informed decisions about the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of Clostridium difficile infections (C.diff or CDI) – a type of bacteria (or germ) that infects the large intestine. Anyone can get C.diff, but some people have a high Read More . . .

Joint Commission Updates Safety Goal 7 Requirements

06/19/2017

Effective Jan. 1, 2018, The Joint Commission has revised several National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) 7 requirements for hospitals, critical access hospitals, and nursing care centers. These revisions are a result of updates in 2014 to the Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals. A Read More . . .

Gov. Kasich Announces New Initiative to Combat Drug Epidemic

06/19/2017

Gov. John Kasich delivered his sixth State of the State Address before a joint session of the Ohio General Assembly at The Sandusky State Theatre. His address included continued focus on Ohio’s fight against drug abuse and addiction. He unveiled plans to ask the Third Frontier Commission to provide up to $20 million to help d Read More . . .

New Toolkits Address Equity of Care

05/15/2017

To assure each individual receives the highest level of care possible, the American Hospital Association and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have launched nationwide toolkits to address equity of care. AHA last year launched the #123forEquity Pledge to Eliminate Health Care Disparities. The pledge campaign ur Read More . . .

Adverse Drug Event: Glycemic Management

05/15/2017

In a February survey, OHA solicited your responses on Glycemic Management. Of the 50 hospital respondents, 68 percent were currently reporting on Glycemic Management, and 18 percent were working on development of a reporting mechanism. The remaining 14 percent were not currently collecting Glycemic Management Data. To improve ease o Read More . . .

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