Stress triggers include job insecurity, hostile workplace
January 1, 2015
Hypertension is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and other leading causes of death, and now a new study has found that some hospital workers have significantly higher risk of developing the disease.
Prescription opioid misuse and abuse is an expensive and dangerous problem nationwide as injured workers stay on the drugs too long, hurting their recovery and dampening their motivation to return to work.
Where a patient presents may determine how he or she is treated
January 1, 2015
Emergency providers determine whether to admit patients to the hospital every day, but a new study suggests that while many of these decisions are consistent and clear-cut regardless of region or hospital, for certain common, low-mortality conditions, some physicians are as much as six times more likely to admit patients than others.
Patients discharged from an acute care hospital to an acute rehabilitation facility are more likely to be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days if they score poorly on the Functional Independence Measure (FIM) test, which measures a persons ability to perform activities of daily living, according to a study at Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Transitions from the hospital go smoother and patients are less likely to be readmitted when the providers at the next level of care get detailed and complete information about the patient, says Sandy Merlino, RN, MBA, vice president, integrated delivery systems and hospital market development for Visiting Nurse Service of New York.