Safety - September 2013

Infection control should be part of disaster plan

Guide for for ambulatory care centers on infection prevention during disasters recently released

9/30/2013


CRE infections tracked by state

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology put together summary of states with superbug issue

9/24/2013


Hospitals make significant progress in disaster readiness

Drilling and education has paid off since 9/11, anthrax

9/24/2013


Residential facilities get new pediatric infection prevention guidelines

Patients vulnerable to infection and their families are at risk of exposure to infectious pathogens in common areas

9/23/2013


MRSA infections fall by more than 50% in U.S. hospitals

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report shows drop from 2005-2011

9/20/2013


4 findings on healthcare facility design's effect on HAIs

Contact, air, water, and spatial separation cited as key factors in study

9/20/2013


Heart of Healthcare award winners named

AHE and Kimberly-Clark honor environmental services technicians for infection prevention efforts

9/19/2013


Survey ranks health care facilities second for suspect hand-washing habits

Only restaurants rank higher for locations that Americans are 'most concerned' about others not washing their hands

9/17/2013


Data on EHR problems causes concern

Software default value-related incidents resulted in unsafe conditions or prolonged hospitalization

9/13/2013


Charlottesville hospital takes closer look at safety

Daily safety huddles at Martha Jefferson hospital brings departments together

9/12/2013


Stricter hospital alarm rules will start in 2014

'Alarm fatigue' blamed for change in Joint Commission regulations

9/12/2013


10 ways that healthcare quality impacts costs

Impact goes beyond much-reported $9.8 billion annual infection price tag

9/12/2013


New beds improve safety at Marshfield hospital

Replacing 90% of the facility's beds costs $4.9 million

9/11/2013


Study puts hospital infections price tag at $9.8 billion annually

Recent JAMA Internal Medicine report reviewed data from 1998-2013

9/10/2013


Design elements examined in reducing fall risks

Looking at a range of factors - related to the patient and the environment - together found to be most effective

9/10/2013


How important is hospital security?

Tips and tricks to better protect healthcare institutions

9/9/2013


New federal rule highlighted after sprinkler system saves nursing home residents

Fire sprinklers required in all U.S. long-term care facilities as of previous month

9/9/2013


UK student designs anti-infection invention

'Flo' bracelets dispense sanitizing liquid

9/5/2013


Has hand hygiene in hospitals gone too far?

Doctor takes the gloves off in blog extolling the necessity of touch in patient care

9/5/2013


Digital age brings new issues to video monitoring

Bandwidth a key challenge as surveillance systems evolve

9/4/2013


Designers must balance safety and comfort at psychiatric hospitals

Facilities should reflect input from clinical staffers and former patients

9/4/2013


C. difficile management may not be infection control problem

CDC report finds most patients carried bacteria at time of admission

9/3/2013



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