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Field Notes


Opportunities & Survey Tips

Is that Equipment Clean and Ready for the Next Patient?

The pace of hospital life tends to stay continuously busy, with patient equipment such as wheelchairs and stretchers ...
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Deck the Halls in Fire Safety

As we move into the latter part of the year, we look forward to the Holiday season.  Many ...
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Documenting Compliance with the Use of Interpreter Services 

Communicating effectively with patients is an essential patient rights requirement and a key element in helping patients to ...
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Why Are Respiratory Infections More Prominent in Winter and How to Prevent Them 

Colds, flu, and other respiratory illnesses are more common in colder months. People are indoors more often, allowing ...
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Make Sure Your Staff Can Access Safety Data Sheets 

With the use of caustic and other dangerous chemicals in healthcare facilities, it's imperative your staff can readily ...
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Medication Refrigerators – For Medication or Staff Food?

Have you ever opened your medication refrigerators and looked at what is actually in them?  Recently I was ...
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Primary Source Verification Pitfalls and Successes

Many organizations continue to struggle with the primary source verification requirements.  Primary Source Verification(PSV) is required for any ...
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Evaluating Patient Quality and Safety in Healthcare

Evaluating the levels of patient quality and safety can take many different forms in healthcare organizations. Medical record ...
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Medical Equipment Calibration

Medical equipment and devices that provide measurement data can be critical in patient care.  This includes the measurement ...
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Medication or Milk?

While surveying across the country, we frequently see the same issues over and over again.  Despite educating the ...
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National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB)

During Medical Staff audits, it is not unusual to have National Practitioner Data Bank queries missing in the ...
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Staff Identification Badges: Is Your Organization Secure?

How effectively and consistently is your organization using staff badges? Staff badges are used for a variety of ...
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