April 2010

The use of electronic medical records (EMR) systems increases the ease and accuracy of record-keeping in medical settings, but also presents communication challenges in patient and physician relations, according to a recent article in The New York Times.

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The Hawaii State Legislature adopted S.R. 100, Urging the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to Adopt Rules to Prohibit Abusive Work Environments, on April 9.

The resolution seeks to protect employees from mistreatment in the workplace and to promote safe work environments by calling on the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to adopt rules to prohibit abusive environments.

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The Maryland Governor’s Office for Children developed new rules for residential child care facilities that require them to provide training to their personnel on behavioral interventions, strategies, and supports. The Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 14.31.06 also require the facilities to train personnel on the appropriate implementation of the new rules developed in accordance with these regulations.

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by Dr. Carol Chau

The culture of a hospital unit not only lies within the culture of the organization, but it is also a dynamic process defined and reinforced every day by its staff members. In defining “culture,” we could refer to norms, values, and attitudes. However, we could also refer to leadership, membership, external network, and history. These latter facets are what staff believe and will be presented to have been the core contributions to this In-Patient Mental Health (IPMH) unit’s success at becoming restraintfree for well over a year in 2007-2008. Of note, this restraint-free culture has continued with only two occurrences up to the time of this submission.

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The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) released Nation’s Children 2010, a report which compiles state and national statistics on the health and welfare of U.S. children. The new report revealed that one-fifth of children in the country are living in poverty, which is a 20% increase from 2009. The report indicated a drop in child abuse, neglect, and the number of children in foster care.

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Cape Cod Hospital, in Hyannis, Massachusetts, plans to enroll security staff and eventually nurses, nursing supervisors, managers, and emergency room social workers in CPI courses and annual refresher training following the death of a man while he was restrained at the hospital last fall, according to an article in the Cape Cod Times.

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The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare published a new report, Substance Abuse Disorders and Person-Centered Healthcare Home, as an expansion to their 2009 report, Behavioral Health / Primary Care Integration and the Person-Centered Healthcare Home.

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