Opioid Safety, Choosing Wisely and SHM Member Successes in HM News

­SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News: October 12 – 26, 2017

Check out the latest hospital medicine and SHM-related stories in mainstream and healthcare news. For the full stories, click on the links below:

Study: Opioids Can Cause Harm in Hospitals Beyond Addiction Risk
Errors in opioid prescriptions and use during patients’ hospital stays may be the cause of more harm than previously thought, according to a new analysis.
The study, released Tuesday by patient safety research organization 
ECRI Institute, found approximately 35% of adverse events involving opioids stemmed from errors in administering the highly addictive drugs during a hospital stay. Those issues included problems with providers administering the wrong medication, the wrong dosage, or inadequately assessing the patient for potential adverse effects prior to giving them an opioid. 

October 19, 2017
Modern Healthcare
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The Transformation of Medical Education From Choosing More to Choosing Wisely
Clinicians and patients value thoroughness. However, as new testing and treatment options have multiplied over the past few decades, the desire to leave no stone unturned has had unintended consequences. Patients can be harmed by too much care, just as when they receive too little care. Until recently, the former danger had been largely overlooked. While the exact toll is hard to quantify, nearly every family in the country has been subject to overtesting and overtreatment in some form. 

October 24, 2017
Health Affairs
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50 Hospital and Health System CMIOs to Know | 2017
Health IT is becoming increasingly important for hospitals and health systems to manage data gathering, reporting, patient security and clinical improvement. Here are 50 physicians who lead clinical IT and analytics efforts at hospitals and health systems across the country.

October 13, 2017
Becker’s Hospital Review
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RSV Recommendations Unchanged After Review of New Data
In the Northern Hemisphere, the autumnal equinox marks the first day of autumn. This is a time when the sun is directly over the equator so that the length of night and day is almost equal. For pediatricians, it also is a time to anticipate the upcoming respiratory virus season and to educate families on the importance of handwashing, respiratory etiquette and influenza vaccination.

October 19, 2017
AAP News
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What Do You Want to Watch? Weather, Sports, Movies… CPR?
The first commercially licensed American television channel, station WRGB, began broadcasting on July 2, 1928. Since then, the number of TV channels in the U.S. has ballooned to almost 2,000. There are all kinds of TV channels: weather channels, sports channels, movie channels, and more. But there is no cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) channel – yet. Why would we need a CPR channel in America? Because America is in the midst of an epidemic of futile CPR. 

October 19, 2017
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Felicia Steele

Felicia joined the Society of Hospital Medicine in November of 2016 and serves as the Marketing Communications Specialist. She is responsible for overseeing day-to-day social media engagement, developing content that supports SHM’s brand and core values, monitoring SHM’s media coverage and assisting in the moderation of SHM’s online community, HMX.

Prior to her role at SHM, Ms. Steele was the Sales & Marketing Assistant at The MandMarblestone Group, LLC, a tax law consulting firm. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Public Health from Temple University.

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