Safety - November 2013

Tool kit available for antimicrobial stewardship

Kit contains resources on planning, implementing and sustaining an antibiotic stewardship program for C. diff reduction


Isolation linked to patient dissatisfaction

Infection precautions create negative perception of care


Hidden cameras are finding their way into long-term care facilities after discoveries of abuse

Three states permit residents in long-term care facilities to maintain surveillance cameras in their rooms


UK health board facing legal action over hospital asbestos

Asbestos found in plant room at Glasgow hospital, three other sites


Healthcare can learn from Homeland Security

Risk management never ends. New cyber threats, vulnerabilities and consequences require the constant modification of strategy


Some Illinois hospitals reducing infection, study shows

The hospital association report showed that 843 instances of patient harm were avoided, saving $18 million in health care costs


USB management in healthcare can be complicated

Storage capacity and portability make them efficient, useful and vulnerable


Hospital reviews policies after TB infection death

Investigation showed Las Vegas facility did not follow proper visitor, protection guidelines


Demonstrating the business case for infection control

The key reason for making the business case is the decision by the CMS not reimburse hospitals for potentially preventable events


ES must partner with nursing and infection control

Working together in a mutually supportive workplace culture is key to reducing risk


Researchers evaluate several aggressive chemistries for reduction of C. diff

Chlorinated lime and peracetic acid were statistically superior to acidified bleach and the non-antimicrobial handwash, according to the study


Hospitals should evaluate infection-prevention policies, survey suggests

The survey questions addressed policies including placement and maintenance of devices, evaluation of healthcare workers' competencies and outcomes evaluation


Elevator safety controls 'overridden' in fatal Alabama hospital accident

Decatur Morgan Hospital employee killed when freight elevator falls on him


Four tips for infection prevention and quality assurance

To motivate staff to stay on track, expert suggests designating someone as an infection preventionist who conducts quarterly infection control assessments and evaluations


Topeka reduces in-hospital infections with statewide push

Stormont-Vail and St. Francis Health have taken measures to reduce a range of infections acquired during treatment


Safety violations cited in fatal Indian hospital fire

One doctor died in recent fire at the Gokul Hospital, a private hospital in Mumbai that had no fire alarm


Quarter of Portugal's patients who died in 2011 had hospital bug

According to the national health board, it is not known how many actually died from the bug


St Louis hospital gets 'Storm Ready' status

The SSM St. Clare Health Center has been declared a Storm Ready supporter by the St. Louis National Weather Service


Abington Memorial Hospital wins patient safety award

Pennsylvania hospital went 365 consecutive days without a serious safety event


South Carolina Hospital ranked among world's safest

Baptist Easley Hospital was awarded the Program of Distinction Certification from the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety


Radiology suite equipment failure results in patient death

A UK hospital patient bled to death during an operation after medics accidentally hit an emergency power off button with a cart


UK hospital trust in court over safety charge

Prosecution was brought after a Blackpool Victoria Hospital worker broke his arm in two places at the hospital's laundry department


Hospitals must make infection control part of the culture, expert says

Facilities must set clear expectations about safety behaviors; provide staff with education, skills and tools; and hold everyone accountable


Canadian official says hospital infection control good, but can be better

Alberta's auditor general says while no patient is in immediate danger, the province can do a better job on infection control in healthcare facilities


Parkland Hospital in Dallas designed to eliminate security, safety problems

The $1.2 billion replacement facility is being built across the street from the original hospital and is designed to eliminate some of the biggest concerns.


Pathogens on soft surfaces often overlooked

Studies have shown that bacteria, viruses, and fungi can thrive on soft surfaces for extended periods of time


Impact of education, information on hand hygiene compliance studied

Rhode Island Hospital study showed compliance improve from 60 percent to 89 percent


Study shows Veteran's Affairs MRSA initiative continues to make gains

A initiative required participating hospitals to implement a set of best practices, including nasal surveillance for MRSA, improved hand hygiene protocols and contact precautions


Upgrading video image quality for healthcare surveillance

Staff, sick patients, visitors, newborns, long-term care patients all must be protected


Hospitals lack culture of safety of high-reliability industries

Paper offers a 14-component framework based on what works for commercial aviation and nuclear power


Evaluating infection prevention policies can reveal improvement opportunities

Majority of hospitals have policies for hand hygiene, fewer for antimicrobial restrictions


Environmental services earning respect for quality outcomes

ES has developed into a science that no self-respecting infection-prevention program should be without


Four steps to ensure infection prevention programs meet ASC survey requirements

Experts offers advice on crafting an effective infection prevention program



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