Safety - January 2014

SF General makes security changes after missing patient's death

Federally ordered changes have been made at San Francisco General Hospital following the death of a patient who was found in a stairwell at the hospital last October


New CDC website to support long-term care infection control

Facilities can use the site to access the infection tracking system for long-term care facilities in the CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network


N.C. healthcare facility's burst pipes cause ceiling to fall in patient's room

Three lines in the sprinkler system of the Huntington Health and Rehabilitation facility ruptured


Controlling hazardous material circulation in healthcare facilities

Five key things health care professionals should keep in mind when dealing with variables such as hazardous and sterile materials


Australian Capital Territory hospital patients needlessly contracting infections, expert says

Medical school professor says the number of cases could be cut by half by boosting infection control procedures


Discovery of worker's body in nursing facility raises security questions

Co-worker discovered corpse after men's bathroom goes unchecked, uncleaned for two days


Minnesota lawmakers support reconstruction of hospital to increase security

Ongoing safety issues include a murder of a Minnesota Security Hospital patient by another patient in the facility.


N.H. House backs bill requiring drug testing at healthcare facilities

The bill requires all licensed healthcare facilities in the state to implement drug-free workplace policies and must test employees where a 'reasonable suspicion exists'


Hot water unnecessary for handwashing, study says

Water as cold as 40 degrees Fahrenheit reduced bacteria on hands just as well as warmer water, according to a report


Integrated pest management key to keeping healthcare facilities safe

Pests particularly dangerous in a healthcare environment filled with patients with weakened immune systems


Dozens feared dead after Quebec nursing home fire

Five people were confirmed dead and 31 were missing after a fire at Canadian nursing home built out of wood


Behaviors, tools key to hospital safety

Florida hospital has adopted error-prevention tools and behaviors from commercial aviation and nuclear power, high-risk ventures that have implemented highly successful safety standards


Up-to-date infection control technology, vigilance are musts for dental facility

When looking at the technology for a dental facility. it's important to consider what's most effective in the the sterilization area


Infection control needs relationship between clinicians and environmental services

Infection control team and the environmental services/housekeeping team have recognized the importance of sharing their expertise for the benefit of all


Minnesota reporting system cuts hospital errors, study said.

Deaths and other harm to patients from preventable errors such as falls and surgical mistakes have dropped in the 10 years since Minnesota started requiring hospitals and other care centers to report them


AHRQ releases report on HAIs and design

'Understanding the Role of Facility Design In the Acquisition and Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Infections,' provides in-depth analysis on design and HAIs from industry and university experts


Infection control accreditation program launched in Indian state

Maharashtra became the third state in the country to launch the NABH-Safe-ITSM Infection Control accreditation program for hospitals


OneTogether takes aim at HAIs with small actions

New initiative aims to reduce the incidence of healthcare-acquired infections by increasing awareness of how the small, individual actions of every healthcare worker can have an influence on patient health and safety


Falls prevention program produces encouraging results

A combination of technology and personal attention is helping prevent patient falls at Greenwich Hospital


Hand hygiene stressed at Philippines symposium

Efforts underway to increase patient safety as cases of measles are on the rise


Fire safety improvement linked to codes and enforcement

With one exception, the number of fires has dropped continuously each year from 6,830 in 2003 to 5,540 in 2010


Unlocking the code of visual and audible fire alarms

EP4 is another Element of Performance with a high number of individual devices that need to be listed as part of an inventory. As with other EPs in this standard, complete documentation is key to demonstrating compliance with the standard.


'Smart beds' can improve safety

New beds help patients stay safe, while 'smart' capabilities help nurses analyze information and improve patient care


Healthcare facilities need a 21st century continuity plan

Business continuity plan must be an integral part of strategic operations, involving all levels of the organization


Fort Wayne hospital wants own police force

Indiana bill calls for security officers to have full police powers while on hospital grounds


Hospitals and med tech companies join patient safety movement

Group pledges to work to reduce preventable patient deaths to zero by 2020


Unlocking the code of fire safety initiating devices

Creating a complete inventory of all initiating devices is a mandatory requirement and an essential first step in the process


Hospital cuts alarm fatigue by decreasing noise

Boston Medical Center reduces audible alarms as a way to combat alarm fatigue and improve patient safety


OSHA releases new resources to protect hospital workers and enhance patient safety

Website includes information to help hospitals prevent worker injuries, assess workplace safety needs, enhance safe patient handling programs, and implement safety and health management systems


Unlocking the code to fire safety equipment compliance

To ensure compliance with this standard, hospital facility directors should be familiar with the related code requirements themselves and knowledgeable about their interpretation


Ohio health system tries high-tech tool for infection prevention

Radio frequency identification technology used to monitor hand-washing station at one OhioHealth's hospitals in Columbus


Tips on sprinklers for water curtains

Advice for navigating the Life Safety Code on sprinkler placement for water curtains


Some hospital safety showers found to be faulty

Showers designed to minimize microbial contamination have been shown to raise the risk of spraying contamination over hospital patients


U.S. News hospital rankings to give patient safety more weight

In 12 specialties, the weight given to patient safety will double to 10% of the overall score. Reputation's weight will drop from 32.5% to 27.5%


Wi-Fi can help secure an OB unit

Ability to see the infant anywhere covered by Wi-Fi expands the range of possibilities for using infant protection solutions


FDA bed rail guidelines leave long-term care in gray area

Nursing home beds may not be subject to Food and Drug Administration regulation, and aftermarket products that might be used on a medical or hospital style bed are sold without FDA scrutiny


Union seeks answers on 180 worker-safety complaints at hospital

Covenant HealthCare Nutrition Services can provide nutritionally evaluated meals for discharged patients with special diets


MRSA infection rates drop in VA long-term care facilities

Four years after implementing a national initiative, MRSA infections have declined


APIC publishes new guide on long-term care infection prevention

Infection preventionists in long-term care facilities face unique challenges due to the nature of the care setting and an aging resident population


Facility Guidelines Institute update reflects the times, CEO says

FGI 2014 guidelines includes new language on safety risk assessments and increased requirements for commissioning infrastructure systems


Website aims to reduce hospital injuries will offer healthcare providers news, educational materials, tips, tools and resources to use throughout the workplace


Reducing the risk of HAIs through effective environmental cleaning processes

Multiple studies have shown that less than 50 percent of hospital room surfaces tested were cleaned effectively upon terminal room cleaning, despite having the appearance of being cleaned and prepared for the next patient admission


Joint Commission 2014 National Patient Safety Goals released

The first phase calls for hospitals to establish alarm safety as an organizational priority


Study says hand hygiene prior to gloves is unnecessary

Using an alcohol-based cleanser before putting on gloves did not significantly change total bacterial colony counts


Pennsylvania city considers protester-free zones around healthcare facility doors

York City ordinance would ban protesters from a 30-foot 'buffer zone' around the entrances and exits of York City healthcare facilities


Hospital-acquired infections take toll on patients, bottom line

One in 20 patients acquire infections while receiving care at U.S. hospitals, according to the CDC


Tougher emergency preparedness rules proposed for long-term care facilities

CMS guidelines would make long-term care facilities subject to similar requirements as hospitals


Medical waste found in Pennsylvania landfill

Blood bags, surgical sponges and what might be human tissue keep turning up at a Monroeville landfill


Study says evaluation of infection prevention policies can reveal opportunities for improvement

American Journal of Infection Control survey says identifying gaps in infection prevention practices can improved patient safety


Illinois hospital drill strives for failure

Harrisburg Medical Center tests emergency procedures to find weak spots


Patient transmission causes minority of ICU S. aureus acquisitions

Data from whole-genome sequencing suggest that few Staphylococcus aureus acquisitions in the ICU are the result of patient-to-patient transmission


Hospital installs safeguards to protect medical devices from cyber-attacks

Methodist Hospital of Southern California invests in an integrated systems management program, which reduces vulnerability of its more than 6,000 devices


UK infirmary kiosks to help in the fight against infection

Three new handwashing kiosks have been installed in the main entrance to Hull Royal Infirmary


Study shows healthcare staff contaminated with C. diff after routine care

Nearly 1 in 4 healthcare workers' hands were contaminated with Clostridium difficile spores after routine care of patients infected with the bacteria



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