hospitals http://kuow.org en Feds To Washington State Hospitals: Improve Patient Safety Or Face Penalties http://kuow.org/post/feds-washington-state-hospitals-improve-patient-safety-or-face-penalties <p>Marcie Sillman talks with freelance journalist <a href="http://blogs.seattletimes.com/healthcarecheckup/author/lisastiffler/">Lisa Stiffler</a> about <a href="http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2023900082_hospitalqualityxml.html">infection rates and patient safety</a> in Washington hospitals. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:14:38 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Andy Hurst 36965 at http://kuow.org Audit Dings Hospital's 50-Year Practice Of Paid 'Transition Time' http://kuow.org/post/audit-dings-hospitals-50-year-practice-paid-transition-time <p>State auditors say Western State Hospital has been losing about <a href="http://portal.sao.wa.gov/ReportSearch/Home/ViewReportFile?arn=1011811&amp;isFinding=false&amp;sp=false">$800,000 a year paying for work that's not being done</a>. For decades, the hospital has been letting hundreds of employees start late and leave early -- and still paying for their time. Fri, 09 May 2014 01:04:14 +0000 John Ryan 34126 at http://kuow.org Audit Dings Hospital's 50-Year Practice Of Paid 'Transition Time' Washington Reports An 'Unprecedented' Drop In Medicaid ER Visits http://kuow.org/post/washington-reports-unprecedented-drop-medicaid-er-visits <p>A year after hospitals began discouraging Medicaid patients from making unnecessary emergency room visits, the results are promising. A <a href="http://www.hca.wa.gov/Documents/EmergencyDeptUtilization.pdf">new state report</a> shows the number of unnecessary visits to ERs in Washington fell by 10 percent last year. &nbsp;</p><p>“A 10 percent reduction is almost unprecedented,” said Dr. Nathan Schlicher, an ER physician at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tacoma. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:53:48 +0000 Ruby de Luna 30976 at http://kuow.org Washington Reports An 'Unprecedented' Drop In Medicaid ER Visits Harborview Clinics To Stay Open http://kuow.org/post/harborview-clinics-stay-open <p>Harborview Medical Center said Wednesday it will not be closing its primary care clinics after all.</p><p>Last December, the hospital had announced its intent to relocate those services into the community. But the prospect of shutting down the clinics located at Harborview's main hospital disturbed many staff and patients. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 20:48:51 +0000 Sara Lerner 29583 at http://kuow.org Harborview Clinics To Stay Open Washington's New Rules On Hospital Partnerships Challenged http://kuow.org/post/washingtons-new-rules-hospital-partnerships-challenged <p>The Washington State Hospital Association has filed suit in Thurston County Superior Court over the state's new permitting process for hospitals. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 17:11:32 +0000 Ruby de Luna 28782 at http://kuow.org Washington's New Rules On Hospital Partnerships Challenged Silencing Many Hospital Alarms Leads To Better Health Care http://kuow.org/post/silencing-many-hospital-alarms-leads-better-health-care Go into almost any hospital these days and you'll hear a constant stream of beeps and boops. To most people it sounds like medical Muzak.<p>But to doctors and nurses, it's not just sonic wallpaper. Those incessant beeps contain important coded messages.<p>"The three-burst is a crisis alarm," systems engineer James Piepenbrink of Boston Medical Center explains on a tour of 7 North, the hospital's cardiac care unit. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 08:35:00 +0000 Richard Knox 27677 at http://kuow.org Silencing Many Hospital Alarms Leads To Better Health Care Harborview Considers Closing Some Clinics For Poor http://kuow.org/post/harborview-considers-closing-some-clinics-poor <p></p><p>“Abruptly and brutally.”</p><p>That’s how Dr. Abe Bergman described the announcement by administrators to close some of the clinics at Harborview Medical Center. He said staff members were told that some of the primary care clinics housed at the hospital would close in July. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 19:42:29 +0000 Sara Lerner 26258 at http://kuow.org Harborview Considers Closing Some Clinics For Poor How A Recalled Medical Device Killed A Vet At Seattle's VA Hospital http://kuow.org/post/how-recalled-medical-device-killed-vet-seattles-va-hospital <p></p><p><em>Editor’s note 2/7/2014: This story has been edited to remove references to VA officials’ incorrect claim that a Seattle VA nurse saw the Infusomat recall at the FDA website in March 2012. While manufacturer B. Braun sent the VA and other customers its recall notice in March, FDA did not post information about the manufacturer’s March 23, 2012, recall letter until August 1. The story has also been edited to attribute to medical records the statement that, the night Eddie Creed died, a doctor asked his sister if she wanted an autopsy to be done. Creed's sister claims the VA never asked her about an autopsy. The content in the edited story differs from the audio in the original broadcast.</em></p><p>When Eddie Creed, a Seattle jazz musician, died at the Veterans Affairs hospital on Beacon Hill last year, his death certificate said throat cancer had killed him.</p><p>But a KUOW investigation reveals what his doctors knew: A medical device called an Infusomat, which had been recalled the month before, ended his life. Still, nobody knows why. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 John Ryan 23259 at http://kuow.org How A Recalled Medical Device Killed A Vet At Seattle's VA Hospital State Proposes New Rules For Hospitals To Address Merger Concerns http://kuow.org/post/state-proposes-new-rules-hospitals-address-merger-concerns <p>Marcie Sillman talks with NARAL Pro-Choice Washington's executive director Rachel Berkson about the group's reaction to new proposed rules for hospital mergers in Washington, including increased public transparency and recommending hospitals post their end-of-life and reproductive health policies online. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 23:59:38 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Hannah Burn 23299 at http://kuow.org Hospitals, Nurses Clash Over How To Keep Patients From Falling http://kuow.org/post/hospitals-nurses-clash-over-how-keep-patients-falling <p></p><p></p><p>Gene White of Des Moines, Wash., has had a litany of health problems in recent years: testicular cancer; cancer in his nervous system; pneumonia; the fungus Aspergillus infecting his lungs. The retired airline pilot says he got great care at Swedish Medical Center and the other Seattle hospitals that helped him survive those life-threatening diseases.</p><p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 01:26:28 +0000 John Ryan 19754 at http://kuow.org Hospitals, Nurses Clash Over How To Keep Patients From Falling Caution: Patients Falling At Washington Hospitals http://kuow.org/post/caution-patients-falling-washington-hospitals <p>Medical mistakes are a leading cause of death and injury in America. One of the most frequent mishaps in Washington hospitals: patients who fall. A fall in a hospital can lead to serious complications, even death. Medical experts say that kind of fall should never happen.</p><p><strong>One Small Step, One Big Fall</strong></p><p>Helen Funston lies on her back in a darkened room. She pushes her shoulder down into physical therapist Stella In’s hand until she gasps with pain.</p><p>Funston tells In the pain is an&nbsp;eight out of 10.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 01:17:19 +0000 John Ryan 17991 at http://kuow.org Caution: Patients Falling At Washington Hospitals Sponges, Tools And More Left Inside Washington Hospital Patients http://kuow.org/post/sponges-tools-and-more-left-inside-washington-hospital-patients <p>About 30 times a year, a hospital in Washington state leaves a sponge or surgical instrument inside one of its patients. The accident known as a “retained foreign object” is one of the state’s most commonly reported medical mistakes. Fri, 02 Aug 2013 01:09:20 +0000 John Ryan 17642 at http://kuow.org Sponges, Tools And More Left Inside Washington Hospital Patients Governor Inslee Intervenes In Hospital Controversy http://kuow.org/post/governor-inslee-intervenes-hospital-controversy <p></p><p>Governor Jay Inslee has stepped into the debate over hospital mergers and partnerships. On Tuesday, the governor ordered the State Department of Health to update the rules that govern hospitals when they plan to expand or form affiliations. Wed, 03 Jul 2013 15:13:27 +0000 Ruby de Luna 15989 at http://kuow.org Governor Inslee Intervenes In Hospital Controversy Debate Over Catholic Health Care Expansion In Washington State http://kuow.org/post/debate-over-catholic-health-care-expansion-washington-state <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong>Last year the secular Swedish Medical Center stopped performing elective abortions after affiliating with a Catholic health care provider, Providence Health &amp; Services. Now some organizations in Washington state are calling for a moratorium on similar contracts between secular, publicly funded hospitals and religious providers. They fear patients in the state could see a reduction in access to services.</p><p>What happens when faith and health care mix? Should the state do anything about it? Ross Reynolds talks with Peter Adler, senior vice president and chief strategy officer for Catholic provider Peacehealth, and Kathleen Turner, head of the ACLU of Washington.</p><p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 18:51:23 +0000 the conversation with ross reynolds 14302 at http://kuow.org Debate Over Catholic Health Care Expansion In Washington State Imaginary Friends Forever http://kuow.org/post/imaginary-friends-forever <p>Did you ever have an imaginary friend? Maybe a furry blue monster who hates stop signs or a chattering fairy that hides in your pocket and steals bites of your breakfast cereal? In the past, many people thought imaginary friends were bad and that they indicated some kind of mental anxiety. In the movies, kids confide in imaginary friends when grown-ups fail to pay attention. But now, we know better: kids with imaginary friends are simply creative.</p><p>Scroll through the slideshow to see the imaginary friends that a group of elementary children drew up, along with the students' descriptions of the unique traits of each. And if you think pictures of imaginary friends are cool, wait until you hear them <a href="http://www.studio360.org/2013/apr/26/imaginary-friends-forever/">on the radio</a>.</p><p><strong>Full list of stories from <em>KUOW Presents</em>, May 22:</strong> Wed, 22 May 2013 20:18:20 +0000 producer 13556 at http://kuow.org Imaginary Friends Forever