2014 was the most prolific year ever for our blogs. We posted over 70 blogs with eight different authors, and we covered topics ranging from how to develop a culture of safety to the importance of flu vaccinations. Below are our most-read blogs of the year:
Joan Rivers’ Death Brings Medical Privileging into the NewsJoan Rivers went to New York’s Yorkville Endoscopy clinic to receive an endoscopy to determine why she had a hoarse voice and sore throat. However, what should have been a simple procedure had a tragic ending. Why? Because a physician who was not privileged at the clinic performed an unauthorized biopsy on Rivers’ vocal cords.

Preparing for Ebola? What You Should KnowWith the first cases of Ebola documented in the U.S., your facility is facing a whole new world of challenges. Helping you create a safer and more secure environment for your patients and staff is our top priority. Therefore, we wanted to share a few ways you can use the ReptraxTM system to help effectively and efficiently manage your visitors, policies and credentials in light of the Ebola situation.
5 Hospitals with a Culture of Vigilance Worth FollowingCongratulations to the 2014 winners of the 5 Rings Award. This annual program recognizes hospitals for creating a culture of vigilance to safeguard their facilities, their employees and their patients. Winning hospitals were selected from the more than 6,500 healthcare facilities that work with us.
Rise in Violent Crimes Emphasizes Need to Engage with Everyone Who Enters Your FacilityHospitals in the U.S. are experiencing a rise in crime, according to the 2014 Healthcare Crime Survey released by the International Association of Healthcare Security and Safety Foundation (IHSSF). The survey looked at rates for 10 different categories of crime: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, simple assault, disorderly conduct, burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft and vandalism. However, the rise in violent crimes like murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault are of the greatest concern.
Brave New World: US Ebola Case Marks a New Day in HealthcareWhen the first Ebola case was diagnosed in Dallas, it marked the beginning of a new era in U.S. healthcare. No longer can we say that diseases like Ebola are a Third World plague. In today’s world, where people can travel to the other side of the world in a matter of hours, diseases like SARS, Ebola and avian flu present a real challenge for U.S. hospitals. The incident in Dallas has helped bring to light the steps hospitals need to take in order to protect the communities they serve.
We are always looking for topics that will help you create a safer and more secure environment for your patients and staff. If you have a suggestion for a blog topic, let us know. Also, if you have a question you would like to see addressed, send those along as well. Please use the Contact Us button below. We look forward to sharing more blog posts with you in 2015!

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