Washington Sen. Mary Walsh has apologized for her comments that nurses at smaller rural hospitals "probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day," in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Connecticut, and Texas.
In neonatal intensive care units, it's not uncommon to poke and prod infants to run labs, but each invasive procedure increases the risk of infection. Intermountain Healthcare's Dixie Medical Center adopted a program to reduce that risk—and saw big improvements in patient safety and reduced operation costs, Christopher Cheney writes for HealthLeaders Media.
Training providers to improve end-of-life communication with patients can help reduce anxiety and depression in patients significantly, according to two studies published in JAMA Internal Medicine and JAMA Oncology.
Kimberly Ho, a nurse at Children's National Medical Center, spent two years accompanying her mother to medical appointments to get to the bottom of a series of perplexing symptoms—but then Ho's training led her to a diagnosis that changed the course of her mother's treatment, Sandra Boodman writes for the Washington Post.