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Learning management systems improve hospital protocols, safety

It is critical that health care workers receive comprehensive training and follow protocols.

It is critical that health care workers receive comprehensive training and follow protocols.

As we've discussed previously, learning management systems (LMS) can help ensure that hospitals and other healthcare organizations are in compliance with potential Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospital Organization's (JCAHO) audits. With the increasing concern over the spread of infectious diseases—including Ebola—it is particularly important for hospitals to provide comprehensive training for their employees and ensure that everyone is following protocols. 

Nina Pham, a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, contracted Ebola after caring for patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who had contracted the disease while in Liberia. 

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta conducted testing on the blood sample, and confirmed the results Sunday, marking the first known transmission of Ebola in the United States and the second diagnosis in the country," CNN reports. 

Pham is currently in stable condition, Texas Health Resources chief clinical officer Dan Varga has said. Currently, it is not known how exactly Pham contracted the virus. Pham had worn protective gear during her visits to Duncan, however there was a breach somewhere along the way. 

"At some point, there was a breach in protocol, and that breach in protocol resulted in this infection," Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the CDC, said at a news conference Sunday. "The (Ebola treatment) protocols work. … But we know that even a single lapse or breach can result in infection." 

As this case demonstrates, it is crucial for hospitals to have safety protocols in place, train staff in these practices, provide necessary protective gear and ensure that employees are following all protocols. A learning management system can assist in these critical areas.

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