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Friday, April 13, 2007

On the blogs: healthcare law link, falls on the way home

A Healthy Blog points the way to a new website launched with the Massachusetts Hospital Association and the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers to provide information and outreach materials about the state's new healthcare law.

On Running a Hospital, Beth Israel CEO Paul Levy reveals an interesting pattern that a hospital staffer noticed about patients who fall at the end of their stays, when they sitting on the edge of their hospital beds, dressed to go home.

"We think that our staff members were receiving a subliminal message: They would see a healthy, dressed person in the room and might not have paid the same degree of attention to the patient as they would have an hour earlier when he or she might have been sitting on the edge of the bed in a hospital gown," he wrote. "Slight dizziness or instability of this person would then lead to the fall."

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 10:09 AM
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