PRACTICE NEWS
Color-Coded Drug Storage Trays May Cut Medication Errors
 

Update your medication storage with rainbow-colored single-compartment trays. The colored bins can reduce the likelihood of harmful medication errors, such as syringe swaps, during preparation or in storage, according to research in the journal Anaesthesia.


Tue, 16 Jan 2018 PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
Economic Impact of Physicians Quantified for 2015
 

A report by the American Medical Association details the 2015 economic activity of all physicians providing patient care (nearly 750,000 physicians). The state-level measure of direct and indirect revenue was calculated to be $32.8 billion. For each direct output dollar, an extra $1.84 indirect output was created, resulting in a national figure of $2.3 trillion.


Thu, 11 Jan 2018 PRACTICE NEWS
ICU RN Job Dissatisfaction, Burnout Linked to Moral Distress
 

Job satisfaction and practice environment are associated with moral distress among critical care nurses, research in the American Journal of Critical Care finds. A survey of critical care nurses revealed a modest correlation for moral distress with negative perceptions of the practice environment and patient safety.


Wed, 10 Jan 2018 PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
Physicians Frequently Continue to Work While Ill
 

A new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study reports that four in 10 health care professionals report to work while experiencing influenza-like symptoms; many physicians work with a cold, fever, or other illness. The article cites financial penalties associated with missing work when ill, as well as pressure from administrators.


Mon, 08 Jan 2018 PRACTICE NEWS
Certain Stresses, Burnout Causing Some Women to Leave Medicine
 

Female physicians face several unique stressors, according to a report in Medical Economics, including a pay gap and additional workload at home. These unique stressors lead to higher levels of burnout among female practicing physicians, 71% of whom cite burnout as the biggest issue facing primary care.


Fri, 05 Jan 2018 PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
Scripted Callbacks Do Not Prevent 30-Day Returns of ER Discharges
 

A telephone follow-up with older adults discharged home from the ED doesn't improve outcomes, research in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society finds. Patients 65 or older who were read a scripted questionnaire to identify obstacles to successful transition fared no better than patients given a satisfaction survey.


Thu, 04 Jan 2018 PATIENT CARE REMINDERS