Medical Staff News

New rules on surgical attire will increase patient safety
From covering all hair to bagging items brought from home, stricter dress rules in the OR can help prevent hospital-acquired infections. – Scott Foster, M.D., executive, Oregon Region Surgery Program

Are you taking the right precautions against bad bugs?
Preventing transmission of multidrug-resistant organisms not only keeps our patients safe, knowing the right precautions is required to keep our accreditation in good standing. – Martha Barstow, RN, director, Regional Infection Prevention and Accreditation

Medical director named to Portland’s newest NICU
Neonatologist Fred Baker, M.D., will head clinical services for the neonatal intensive care unit, which opens this summer at Providence Portland Medical Center.

Patient safety indicators need careful documentation
Vague language or omissions can inflate our complication rates even when the quality of our care is superior. – Alexandra Penney, RN, MPH, clinical project manager, Oregon Region Quality Management and Medical Staff Services

Need to calculate ASCVD risk? There’s an app for that
Providence cardiologist Ty Gluckman, M.D., FACC, FAHA was a driving force behind a new mobile app that helps patients and providers estimate atherosclerotic risk and determine treatment under the revised lipid guidelines.

In Practice: Implanting Oregon’s first subcutaneous defibrillator
Marathoner and cardiac electrophysiologist Scott C. Brancato, M.D., discusses the clinical benefits of this next-generation device, and what drew him from Harvard to Providence. 

With stage 2, Meaningful Use kicks up a notch
Discharged ED patients can now see their lab results in MyChart. Learn more about this and other details on the second stage of this electronic health records incentive program.

Are our EMRs talking?
Providence uses Epic, but many of our credentialed physicians don’t. Fortunately there are lots of ways to connect our electronic medical records systems. – Doug Koekkoek, M.D., chief medical officer and chief executive, clinical services, Oregon

Eight ways to help your patients with MS

Neurologist Stanley Cohan, M.D., Ph.D., shares tips on improving quality of life for patients with multiple sclerosis in the May Providence inScope.

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