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  THIS JUST IN November 15, 2010  
Patients more satisfied with hospital care

Hospitals are improving the inpatient care experience, according to a study reported in Health Affairs, with the largest increases in staff responsiveness and discharge information.

Lower mortality seen at higher-ranked hospitals

A new study from HealthGrades shows that patients at hospitals performing better than average on a variety of procedures and diagnoses have a lower risk of mortality compared with patients at low-performing hospitals.

The Joint Commission wants your comments

The Joint Commission is seeking comments through December 3 on draft inpatient performance measures for sudden cardiac arrest.

CDC: Self-reported tobacco use varies by state

To assess state-specific current cigarette smoking and smokeless tobacco use among adults, the CDC analyzed data from the 2009 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, which indicated a wide variation in self-reported cigarette smoking prevalence and smokeless tobacco use.

Earn CE credit by reading this peer-reviewed, continuing education article from Nursing Management and taking the test.

Preoperative communication to improve patient safety: A literature review
Barbara Penprase, PhD, RN, CNOR; Linda Elstun, BSN, RN; Carly Ferguson, BSN, RN; Marie Schaper, BSN, RN; and Chris Tiller, BSN, RN

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Enough is enough: When and how to terminate projects
Phyllis Hart Tipton, PhD, RN, and Miley O. Pulliam, MSN, RN

Communication is vital to success
Rosanne Raso, MS, RN, NEA-BC

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On December 1, 2010, from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Central Time, join Peggy Hapner, RHIA, CCS, CASCC for MedLearn's webcast, Hospital Outpatient Infusion Services: 2011 Documentation and Coding Update. Preview next year’s changes, hear expert analysis and interpretation, and learn how you’ll be impacted on a daily basis.



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