Regulatory

I just love writing, reviewing, and revising policies…said no one ever!

I just love writing, reviewing, and revising policies…said no one ever!

  If you are anything like me, policy review and revision is something I tend to dread. Sometimes, there is an exhaustive thick policy book that rivals War and Peace. Sometimes, there are several books that have been divided up by category.  Always, no matter […]

Sharing the Hats: Delegating those non-patient care tasks.

Sharing the Hats: Delegating those non-patient care tasks.

  We have all heard it before: The key to effective management is delegation. But, if you are like me, sometimes it’s hard to let go. What if the ball gets dropped? The problem is that either can’t get it all done well, or worse, we trust […]

Safety Data Sheets….who is keeping up the book, what needs to be included, and what happened to the “M”??

Safety Data Sheets….who is keeping up the book, what needs to be included, and what happened to the “M”??

  We have always called it the MSDS book.  It typically lives somewhere in the facility where all can reference it, right? Did you know the “M” went away? Yup.  No more MSDS.  I guess we can call it the “SDS” book, or the Safety […]

Conscious Sedation…just a little Versed…

Conscious Sedation…just a little Versed…

Conscious Sedation can be an appropriate  way to provide comfort to a patient during certain procedures.  Doing it safely means that you implement processes and policies  to protect your patients. Bottom line is, despite how much or what type of sedation you are providing, If […]

Care Communication…Are your staff “handing off” effectively?

Care Communication…Are your staff “handing off” effectively?

Not only is care communication important, it is also a AAAHC requirement. Here are some thoughts you may want to consider to improve the process and communication at your facility.  Are your PACU nurses only hearing about IV fluids?   I know it may sound […]

CMS Quality Reporting.  No, it was not created just to add one more thing to our plates.

CMS Quality Reporting. No, it was not created just to add one more thing to our plates.

  CMS describes it as a way to promote more efficient health care for Medicare beneficiaries. It can be overwhelming. Between registering for access, understanding what, how, and when to report, it is stressful. Especially considering that, if not done right, reimbursement may be affected.