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The Joint Commission Updates Policy on Texting Medical Orders

The Joint Commission (JC) has updated its 2011 memo regarding texting orders. It now allows for the immediate use of texting for medical orders providing certain criteria are met.

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KHN: Clinicians Ignore EHR Alerts 49-96% of the Time

Efforts are underway by companies who create EHRs to design and implement health IT systems that produce more targeted and relevant alerts to decrease alert fatigue, while still providing beneficial warnings.

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Handwashing Policies in Healthcare Settings Ought to Include Patients

Hand hygiene for healthcare professionals and staff in hospitals and other healthcare facilities is a valuable strategy to reduce the spread of infection. But what about patients’ hand hygiene?

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Special Edition of Dateline: Honoring Patients’ End-of-Life Decisions

In this special issue of Dateline, we review physicians’ medical, ethical and legal obligations to honor individual patient preferences at the end of life.

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