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Veterans Health Administration (VHA) hospitals outperform non-VHA hospitals for 14 of 15 outcome measures in 121 regions

Veterans Health Administration Hospitals Outperform Non-VHAs

When 121 regions were considered together, VHA care was better for 14 of 15 outcome measures
The risk for in-hospital mortality is increased with lower registered nurse staffing and higher levels of admissions per registered nurse

Lower RN Staffing Linked to Increased In-Hospital Mortality

Higher levels of admissions per registered nurse also tied to increased in-hospital mortality
For very elderly patients undergoing acute-care hospitalization

Exercise Reverses Functional Decline in Hospitalized Elderly

Exercise intervention linked to reversal of functional declines associated with hospitalization
Laryngectomy outcomes appear to be associated with hospital volume for such cases

Higher-Volume Hospitals Have Better Laryngectomy Outcomes

Reduced morbidity associated with a minimum hospital volume threshold of six cases/year
Compared with nonranked hospitals

Lower Mortality Seen for Cardiac Care at Top-Ranked Hospitals

But readmission rates similar for top-ranked, nonranked hospitals for acute MI and CABG
The results of a recent survey of thousands of nurses and patients show that hospital patient safety remains a serious concern

Better Work Environment Tied to Better Patient Safety

Large survey shows patient safety, hospital nursing work environment concerns remain
A patient-centered education bundle intervention can reduce nonadministration of venous thromboembolism prophylaxis

Patient Education Ups VTE Prophylaxis in Hospital Setting

Targeted patient-centered intervention reduces nonadministration of pharmacologic prophylaxis
The incidence of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers is much lower based on administrative data than chart review data

Pressure Ulcer Rates Only Decreasing for Less Severe Sores

Hospital-acquired pressure ulcer rates vary greatly depending on data sources
The American Academy of Pediatrics

Updated Guidelines Released for Emergency Care of Children

Revised recommendations focus on pediatric readiness in emergency departments
From 2011 to 2015

2011 to 2015 Saw Decline in Health Care-Associated Infections

Risk for having a health care-associated infection was 16 percent lower in 2015 than 2011