Topic: hospitals

Checklists in operating rooms improve performance during crises

Teams using checklists were 74 percent less likely to miss key life-saving steps in care during emergency situations than those working from memory alone. For immediate release: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 Boston, MA — In an airplane crisis—an engine failure, a fire—pilots pull…

Winter 2014 Frontlines

[ Winter 2014 ] Quick updates about the latest public health news from across the School and beyond. The end of trans fats? A proposal issued in November 2013 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), if finalized, would eliminate trans fat from…

Aircraft noise linked with heart problems

For immediate release: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 Boston, MA — Older people exposed to aircraft noise, especially at high levels, may face increased risk of being hospitalized for cardiovascular disease, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH)…

Having Medicaid increases emergency room visits

Unique study on Oregon’s citizens sheds light on critical care in the U.S. For immediate release: January 2, 2014 Boston, MA -- Adults who are covered by Medicaid use emergency rooms 40 percent more than those in similar circumstances who do not…

Millions harmed each year from unsafe medical care

For immediate release: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 Boston, MA — More than 43 million people are injured worldwide each year due to unsafe medical care, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). These injuries result in the…

Hospital readmission rates linked with quality of surgical care

For immediate release: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 Boston, MA — Reducing hospital readmission rates is an important clinical and policy priority but whether those rates really measure the quality of hospital care isn’t clear. In a new study, researchers from Harvard School…

People lacking insurance not likely to migrate to obtain Medicaid coverage

States choosing Medicaid expansion shouldn’t expect costly influx of individuals from states not expanding coverage Other studies examine accountable care organizations and communication-and-resolution programs  For immediate release: Monday, January 6, 2014  Boston, MA — Amidst the patchwork nature of Medicaid expansion in…