Open and candid communication with patients and their families is a key component of safe and effective health care. However, communication between caregivers and patients is sometimes hindered by longstanding myths and misconceptions about the sharing of information. The Joint Commission, with input from its Patient and Family Advisory Council, has issued a white paper designed to dispel those myths and to help organizations design more effective communication practices.
Treating fall injuries is very costly. In 2015, total medical costs for falls totaled more than $50 billion.1 Because the U.S. population is aging, both the number of falls and the costs to treat fall injuries are likely to rise.
Many people who have experienced the birth of a newborn baby most likely have warm thoughts of going to see the baby in the hospital and holding the baby for the first time. However, accidents can happen while families are bonding with their newborn baby while in the hospital.