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Increased Vigilance Under Hospital Inspectors’ Watchful Eyes Results In Fewer Deaths

The change in behavior of hospital staff when inspectors are present could mean 3,600 fewer deaths a year at facilities.

In other news —

WBUR: Study Looks At The Special Pressure Of Treating A VIP (Very Important Patient) 
VIP patients may receive extra niceties, from an airy private room with a view to a special menu. But what about their medical treatment, and how do physicians see caring for these VIPs? A new study from the Journal of Hospital Medicine looked at hospital VIP care, and found that it may come at a cost: VIP patients may demand uncalled-for tests or treatments — and get them, possibly to their own detriment. (Rellosa, 3/20)

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