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Consumer Reports: “Respectful” treatment key to patient safety?

By Casey Quinlan e-patients.net December 16, 2014
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In a report released today (December 16, 2014), Consumer Reports shares insights from a survey of 1,200 people who were recently hospitalized. SPM is not surprised by the findings, which include the fact that patients who said they received respectful treatment by hospital clinicians reported fewer medical errors and better ...

Patient and Family Engagement

The surprising way to stay safe in the hospital

Consumer Reports December 16, 2014
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When Kathy Day, a retired nurse in Bangor, Maine, received a diagnosis of uterine cancer, she decided to focus not only on how her condition would be treated but also on the way she wanted to be treated by the doctors and nurses in the hospital. As a nurse, Day ...

Wild Salmon Ecosystems Initiative

Obama protects Alaska's Bristol Bay from oil and gas drilling

By Maria L. La Ganga www.latimes.com December 16, 2014
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In a boon to commercial fishermen, conservationists and Native Alaskans, President Obama on Tuesday withdrew the waters of Alaska’s Bristol Bay from oil and gas development, vowing to protect the world’s biggest sockeye salmon fishery.

Calling the region “one of America’s greatest natural resources and a massive economic engine, not ...

Patient and Family Engagement

Respect: The key to patient safety and preventing medical errors

By Leslie Small FierceHealthcare December 16, 2014
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They say respect is a two-way street, and if a new Consumer Reports survey is any indication, that street is paved with better, safer medical care.

The survey findings are detailed in a report called "How Not to Get Sick(er) in the Hospital." The publication polled 1,200 people who were ...

Patient and Family Engagement

A roadmap for patient and family engagement

By #HCLDR Moderator Healthcare Leadership Blog December 11, 2014
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As the U.S. health care system tackles the Triple Aim of better experiences of care, better population health and lower costs, it is imperative for health professionals to meaningfully partner with patients and families—bringing patient and family voices to decisions about care, to health care organizational design and governance, and ...

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

RRHC partners with other agencies to encourage growth in workforce

By Trisha Cooke Redwood Times News December 2, 2014
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Redwoods Rural Health Center is helping to shape the future health care workforce and to inspire providers to work in rural, underserved areas. With the expansion of MediCal and the opening of Covered California, California's insurance marketplace, many residents now have access to health care; however, this increase in individuals ...

Andes-Amazon Initiative

Brasil Novo (PA) sai da lista de desmatadores e vira referência em planejamento ambiental

Instituto Socioambiental December 2, 2014
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Pacote de leis tornam o município referência em políticas públicas ambientais na Amazônia. As leis regulam os recursos do ICMS verde, pagamentos por serviços ambientais (PSA) e subsídio para o plantio de seringais e retomada da produção da borracha no município. (veja as leis na íntegra no final do texto) ...

Special Projects in Science

How seeing a black hole’s shadow will tell us if Einstein was right

By REBECCA JACOBSON PBS KQED November 25, 2014
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In a control room atop a 16,500-foot mountain in Chile’s Atacama desert, Shep Doeleman and his international team of scientists are pulling the “heart” out of a $1.4 billion telescope. They are removing the atomic clock that the telescope relies on to read signals from space, and replacing it with ...

ICU Consortium

Brigham and Women's provides patients' bedside access to EHRs

By Marla Durben Hirsch FierceEMR November 25, 2014
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Some inpatients at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital can now access their medical records right from their hospital beds, thanks to a new pilot program, according to an article in the Boston Business Journal.

The program, launched in July with the help of a $2 million grant from the Gordon and ...

ICU Consortium

Improving patient and family engagement in the hospital room

By Brian Boyle Huffington Post November 19, 2014
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As a health care advocate, I have traveled the country and spoken at annual meetings for many state hospital associations, at dozens of health care leadership conferences and several annual conventions and medical symposiums. During my travels, I have collaborated with several world-renowned health care institutions on large scale projects ...