Quality and Population Health

EH Adopts New Suicide Risk Assessment Tool

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Patients with suicidal ideation vary widely in their risk for a suicide attempt depending upon whether they have a plan, intent, history of attempts, and other factors. It is important to conduct an in-depth assessment of patients who screen positive for suicide risk […]

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Marketing, Branding, and Practice Promotion, Recognition

Vote Now for Bergen County’s 2020 Top Doctors

Voting is currently open for Bergen magazine’s 2020 Top Doctors list. This exclusive survey is open only to practicing and active physicians within Bergen County. The results will be published in the February 2020 issue of Bergen magazine. To vote, visit bergentopdoctors.com. The deadline to vote is September 16, 2019, at midnight. If you have any […]

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Medical Staff Affairs

Nomination Slate for 2020 Medical Staff Elections

Below is the nomination slate submitted by the Nominating Committee for the 2020 Medical Staff Elections. As stated in Bylaw 7.12, additional nominates for any positions may be made by submitting to the Medical Staff Office names of the Medical Staff members, supported by signatures of at least five (5) additional active members of the […]

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Quality and Population Health

Sustained Improvements in Hospital-Acquired C. Difficile Infections

For the past three quarters, we have seen a sustained improvement in the rate of hospital-acquired C. Difficile infections (CDI) at Englewood Hospital. For 2019, our year-to-date standardized infection ratio is 0.457, down from 1.141 from our 2018 rate. In early 2018, a multidisciplinary CDI Prevention Committee was initiated in response to an increase in […]

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Inpatient Care, Quality and Population Health

Coagulation Factor Xa (Andexxa) Now Available on EH’s Pharmacy Formulary

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved coagulation factor Xa (Andexxa) for the reversal of rivaroxaban (Xarelto) or apixaban (Eliquis) when needed due to life-threatening or uncontrolled bleeding. The drug carries a boxed warning of thromboembolic risks, ischemic risks, cardiac arrest, and sudden deaths. The Englewood Health Pharmacy is making its limited […]

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Information Technology, Quality and Population Health

Nurse-driven Telemetry Removal Protocol Now in Effect

As of August 1, the nurse-driven protocol to discontinue telemetry monitoring when the order expires went into effect. Previously, when the order for telemetry monitoring expired, patients remained on telemetry usually until discharged from the hospital. This at times has resulted in a scarcity of telemetry beds (especially on Dean 6 and Dean 7), prolonging […]

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Marketing, Branding, and Practice Promotion

Online Doctor Reviews: How to Solicit Positive Reviews

This article is Part 2 of a series on online physician reviews. See Part 1, Online Doctor Reviews: What You Need to Know to learn more about the basics of reviews and how to handle negative online reviews. Did you know 88% of consumers go online to find healthcare providers, and 70% choose physicians based […]

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Englewood Health Physician Network

EHPN News in Brief: July 31, 2019

Updates from Dr. Stephen Brunnquell, EHPN President EHPN Breakfasts: Starting in September, look for monthly breakfasts for new providers in EHPN. These will be held to introduce EHPN to new doctors and other providers. As we have become a true network, we need to share this concept and how it has made patient care better. There […]

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Quality and Population Health

Improving Documentation of Major Comorbid Conditions: Encephalopathy

As a follow up to Quality Update: Key Feature of Wave 3 Helps Providers Improve Documentation of Major Comorbid Conditions, let’s review encephalopathy. Encephalopathy is any diffuse disease of the brain that alters brain function or structure. It can be acute or chronic. Acute encephalopathy is reversible and resolves when the underlying cause is corrected. It […]

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By Deirdre Minihan, PharmD, BCPS Clinical Coordinator for Infectious Diseases, Pharmacy Dept. Last month’s Infection Prevention Update provided an overview of antibiotic stewardship—a comprehensive antimicrobial management program to improve patient outcomes from infection, minimize adverse effects such as healthcare-associated infections, and limit bacterial resistance. Between 20 and 50% of all antibiotics prescribed in U.S. acute […]

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