Safety - September 2013

Infection control should be part of disaster plan

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


CRE infections tracked by state

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


Hospitals make significant progress in disaster readiness

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


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


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

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


4 findings on healthcare facility design's effect on HAIs

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


Heart of Healthcare award winners named

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


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


Data on EHR problems causes concern

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


Charlottesville hospital takes closer look at safety

Daily safety huddles at Martha Jefferson hospital brings departments together


Stricter hospital alarm rules will start in 2014

'Alarm fatigue' blamed for change in Joint Commission regulations


10 ways that healthcare quality impacts costs

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


New beds improve safety at Marshfield hospital

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


Study puts hospital infections price tag at $9.8 billion annually

Recent JAMA Internal Medicine report reviewed data from 1998-2013


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


How important is hospital security?

Tips and tricks to better protect healthcare institutions


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


UK student designs anti-infection invention

'Flo' bracelets dispense sanitizing liquid


Has hand hygiene in hospitals gone too far?

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


Digital age brings new issues to video monitoring

Bandwidth a key challenge as surveillance systems evolve


Designers must balance safety and comfort at psychiatric hospitals

Facilities should reflect input from clinical staffers and former patients


C. difficile management may not be infection control problem

CDC report finds most patients carried bacteria at time of admission



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