Tag: patient safety

Workforce shortages identified as top patient concern of 2022

Staffing shortfalls were already a concern prior to the coronavirus pandemic, but they have reached crisis levels during the pandemic, according to ECRI. ECRI released a report March 14, 2022, on the Top 10 patient safety concerns of 2022 across health care settings. ECRI is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the safety, quality, […]

Background checks for long-term workers needs more attention from states

Several states are running behind on implementation of a national background check program covering home health agencies and hospice providers, as well as providers of personal care services. Only two out of 11 states that concluded their participation in the program in 2017 and 2018 implemented all the requirements, according to a report from the […]

FDA warns about feeding tube misconnections

In a letter to manufacturers, healthcare professionals and purchasers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned of possible misconnections with enteral devices. The letter states that since 2011, 2 deaths, 24 serious injuries, and 32 device malfunctions related to these misconnections have occurred. If proper procedure is not followed, these tubes can mistakenly be […]

Lethal germ affecting short-stay hospitals, long-term care facilities

A lethal germ found in short-stay hospitals and long-term care facilities called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) has been overpowering antibiotics and could possibly be the beginning of the end of antibiotics, according to the CDC. CRE affects people who are in or who recently had inpatient medical care, and when someone gets a serious infection from […]