Keeping Hospitals Up-to-Date on Current Regulations
Written by Heather Legg
Is Your Hospital Up to Speed on Codes?
Throughout the United States, hospitals must meet certain rules and regulations.
Though this differs from state to state, many of the rules are standard throughout and cover topics from HIPAA Privacy Rule to medical waste disposal.
Whereas everyone expects to see hospitals that look clean, orderly and functioning, many rules and regulations govern codes from state to state beyond appearance. It's not just appearances that can make or break a hospital.
For instance, some codes are related to ways to reduce the use of toxic substances, maintain hospitals free of mercury and make sure biohazard and medical waste is disposed of properly.
Along with the HIPPA Privacy Rule, sexual assault patients are protected under codes and rules under rules like Texas's Information for Sexual Assault Patients to insure privacy and protection. These hold institutions accountable for keeping patients safe while in their care.
When hospitals are assessed to make sure they are following rules and procedures, a board determines that guidelines are being followed to keep patients as healthy and safe as possible.
Not only are general hospitals reviewed, but so are psychiatric facilities, clinics and special hospitals. If they are found to be noncompliant, penalty fees may be assessed at various rates.
Not only does a penalty impact a hospital financially, but it also influences its reputation.
Because ratings and reviews are imperative to keep a hospital in good standing, penalties and cases of non-compliance to codes can have a very negative impact.
According to Health Facilities Management, some of the Top 10 common OSHA violations in health care are:
* Bloodborne Pathogens;
* Hazard Communication;
* Forms - Recording of work related injuries, illnesses, and incident reports;
* General Recording Criteria
A lot of these fall under problems with details, but they are still violations nonetheless.
Some other errors that are unfortunately all too common, whether they break codes and regulations or not, are things that fall under medication errors, anesthesia errors and injuries during childbirth or surgery.
As patients go to hospitals, whether for necessary procedures or elective surgery, they want to make sure they are in the best facility possible and no new issues will occur during the stay.
Obviously, the less violations and careless errors a hospital can accrue, the better off everyone is.
About the Author
Heather Legg is a writer who covers topics related to small business, health and diaper bags.
LG launches purpose-built smart TV for hospitals
LG Business Solutions USA has announced two new hospital TVs that are designed to improve patient management and engagement while adhering to critical safety standards for healthcare facilities.
One of the TVs is LG's biggest ever screen for a hospital - the 65-inch 4K Ultra HD model. It has LG’s NanoCell display technology, enabling it to display vivid pictures, and provides built-in support for hospital pillow speakers and embedded broadband LAN capability, so hospitals can deliver video on demand without requiring a separate set-top box in the patient room.
It also includes configuration software with an intuitive interface for setting up the TV to work in a hospital setting, plus a software-enabled access point feature that turns the TV into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The second TV screen is the 15-inch Personal Healthcare Smart Touch TV with a multi-touch screen. It is designed to be installed on an adjustable arm for use in shared spaces or smaller patient rooms and will support LG's new, modular LG AM-AC21EA video camera, and HD video communication.
Both include support for video conferencing, and are UL Certified for use in healthcare facilities, a global safety standard. They also feature LG’s integrated Pro:Centric hospital management solutions, allowing hospitals and LG’s patient engagement development partners to personalise a patient's room, providing entertainment, hospital information, services, patient education, and more.
Additionally its communication platform makes it possible to conduct video calls between patients and clinicians or family.
“Our newest LG hospital TVs reflect ongoing feedback from the industry and include capabilities integrated to meet the unique needs of a critical market” said Tom Mottlau, Director of Healthcare Solutions, LG Electronics USA.
“Our healthcare patient engagement development partners requested an upgradable version of webOS for our Pro:Centric smart TV platform so they could more easily introduce new features for their hospital customers. For the latest versions of webOS, LG worked closely with our partners to make their request a reality and to deliver a hospital TV platform that can evolve over time.”