Yonkers, NY – For the first time, Consumer Reports has rated U.S. hospitals for safety, combining six key measures into one composite Rating. Overall, Consumer Reports rates 1,159 hospitals in 44 states in four special regional editions of its August issue and online at www.ConsumerReports.org.
Clarksville’s Gateway Medical Center got a safety score of 31 out of 100. The lowest score of the 37 Tennessee Hospitals rated. Gateway got poor ratings for avoiding bloodstream infections, avoiding readmission’s and communication about drug information. Gateway had a morality rate that was worse than the national average.
Dallas, TX – Treatment is delivered faster when emergency medical services (EMS) personnel notify hospitals a possible stroke patient is en route, yet pre-notification doesn’t occur nearly one-third of the time.
That’s according to two separate Get With The Guidelines®– Stroke program studies published in American Heart Association journals.
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recommends EMS notify hospitals of incoming stroke patients to allow stroke teams to prepare for prompt evaluation and treatment. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health’s semi-annual report on healthcare associated infections released this week has good news for Tennessee hospitals and their patients.
Surgical site and bloodstream infection rates are below the national baseline, providing evidence of progress made by hospitals to keep patients healthy. «Read the rest of this article»
American Heart Association says Regional care systems to treat severe heart attacks improve survival rates
Dallas, TX – North Carolina’s coordinated, regional systems for rapid care improved survival rates of patients suffering from the most severe heart attack , according to research in the American Heart Association’s journal, Circulation.
Fewer ST -segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients died when paramedics diagnosed them en route to hospitals and hospitals followed well-defined guidelines to quickly treat or transfer patients to facilities that performed artery-opening procedures , if needed. «Read the rest of this article»
CMS Will Work to Make Hospitals Track Errors Better Internally But Information Will Be Kept From The Public
Washington, D.C. – A new study released by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) found that hospital employees are only reporting fourteen percent of all medical errors and usually don’t change their practices to prevent future harm to patients.
The study was based on an independent review of patient records. Federal regulations require hospitals to track all medical errors and adverse events that harm patients and to implement preventive measures to protect patients. Only five of the 293 reported cases of medical errors reviewed by federal investigators led to changes in policies or practices by hospitals to prevent harm to patients. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – According to a report released recently by the state Department of Health, Tennessee hospitals have reduced the rates of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). The report, titled “Tennessee’s Report on Healthcare-Associated Infections: January 1st, 2008 – December 31st, 2010”, summarizes the central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) reporting activities for calendar years 2008-2010 and surgical site infection (SSI) reporting activities for the 2009 calendar year.
“Healthcare-acquired infections are a completely preventable public health threat. Only through the work and collaboration among many entities has Tennessee experienced such a significant improvement in a very short period,” said Health Commissioner John J. Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, of the Tennessee Department of Health. “Those who have contributed to the state’s success greatly deserve high praise and recognition for this tremendous accomplishment.” «Read the rest of this article»
Yonkers, NY – Think checking out of the hospital means you’re leaving for good? Think again. Our updated hospital Ratings found that hospitals too often have revolving doors: heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia patients at the average U.S. hospital had a 20 percent chance of being readmitted within 30 days of their initial discharge.
Overall, the results were so dismal that nearly 70 percent of the 2,432 hospitals in our analysis received our lowest or second lowest Rating for hospital readmissions. And not one got our top Rating for that measure. Equally worrisome, hospitals showed no improvement compared with last year’s Ratings, on average, even though there are a number of proven ways to lower readmission rates. Our Ratings also show that many hospitals fail to give adequate information to patients about the care they’ll need after they leave the hospital. «Read the rest of this article»
Dallas, TX – Stroke patients admitted on the weekend have higher death rates than those admitted on weekdays at many hospitals, but not at state-certified Comprehensive Stroke Centers, according to a report in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.
Patients admitted to New Jersey hospitals on the weekend were 5 percent more likely to die within 90 days than patients hospitalized during the week, the report shows. There was no difference in the 90-day death rate at the comprehensive stroke centers, regardless of when patients were admitted. «Read the rest of this article»
Despite tight revenues, state finishes fiscal year on schedule, lawmakers save jobs, education programs. (See complete text below of newly published Public Chapters of the Tennessee Code Annotated.)
NASHVILLE – While several other states struggle to close out the fiscal year ending Wednesday, Tennessee has already published new laws passed during its recently completed legislative session.
“We didn’t have a $24 billion shortfall in revenue like the legislators in California are struggling with, but it was still a tight budget year in Tennessee,” Senator Lowe Finney of Jackson, incoming chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus, said.
Among the laws now in effect:
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