Tag: regulatory

My top 10 infection control survey blunders…they may be yours too!

My top 10 infection control survey blunders…they may be yours too!

I have the privilege of assisting surgical facilities prepare for surveys.  I have seen countless wonderful, clean, well prepared centers where I would feel confident in having surgery or taking a loved one for surgery. Even in the most pristine facilities, there is sometimes an […]

Hospital transfers and the new Medicare rules…

Hospital transfers and the new Medicare rules…

When we have to facilitate a hospital transfer, we have to shift into high gear.  Not only do we have to ensure a safe and smooth patient transition, we have to re-route other facility operations as we shift focus, all while being concerned for our […]

Feed your hungry in-service binder

Feed your hungry in-service binder

In-services.  We all know the importance of training our staff, keeping them updated and communicating regularly.  If you are like me, You swear you just had an in-service recently, go back to your records, and time has flown by.  Could that last documented in-service really have […]

Sharing the Hats: Delegating those non-patient care tasks.

Sharing the Hats: Delegating those non-patient care tasks.

  We have all heard it before: The key to effective management is delegation. But, if you are like me, sometimes it’s hard to let go. What if the ball gets dropped? The problem is that either can’t get it all done well, or worse, we trust […]

Nursing school lessons that stuck…if it’s not charted…

Nursing school lessons that stuck…if it’s not charted…

  One of the first things I learned in nursing school, after I put on that embarrassing apron thing over my crisp new white uniform, and after learning bed making (do they still teach that?) and hand washing, was that if its not documented, it’s […]

Banding together…Looking for better ways to identify our patients.

Banding together…Looking for better ways to identify our patients.

  I recently worked with a facility that used red allergy bands they had sharpie markered with each patient’s allergies. They get kudos for patient safety, but it was definitely not the most efficient practice. I could just see the staff going through each chart, […]

Safety Data Sheets….who is keeping up the book, what needs to be included, and what happened to the “M”??

Safety Data Sheets….who is keeping up the book, what needs to be included, and what happened to the “M”??

  We have always called it the MSDS book.  It typically lives somewhere in the facility where all can reference it, right? Did you know the “M” went away? Yup.  No more MSDS.  I guess we can call it the “SDS” book, or the Safety […]

CMS Quality Reporting.  No, it was not created just to add one more thing to our plates.

CMS Quality Reporting. No, it was not created just to add one more thing to our plates.

  CMS describes it as a way to promote more efficient health care for Medicare beneficiaries. It can be overwhelming. Between registering for access, understanding what, how, and when to report, it is stressful. Especially considering that, if not done right, reimbursement may be affected.