Safety - June 2014

Michigan hospitals working to prevent infections

Muskegon, Grand Rapids facilities working to safeguard patients and their bottom lines


Northern California health system to invest $11.5 million in patient lifts

Sutter Health will install 1,036 overhead patient lifts at 19 intensive care units and acute rehabilitation centers


Infant abduction puts spotlight on maternity ward security

Hospitals nationwide have upped security measures in their nurseries in recent years


Michigan hospital holds armed-intruder drill

Monroe facility held drill to test existing resources and determine what else may be needed in the future


Tools for hand-hygiene observation

Becker's Hospital Review article lists five tools to monitor hand-hygiene compliance


Boston patient dies after delayed window fix

Facility manager of a state psychiatric hospital requested window replacements twice before a patient hurled a chair through a window and jumped


Atlanta hospitals address patient safety

Hospital safety specialists borrow high-reliability principles from industries such as nuclear energy and the airlines.


Hospitals increasingly faced with security issues

Violence by patients themselves is up - typically, mental health patients or the elderly


APIC conference showcases infection-control videos

'Today, I Vow' video by Norton Healthcare wins APIC 'Peoples Choice Award'


Ensuring hospital's fire barrier integrity

Firestopping is the last line of defense for patients within a hospital


New Zealand hospital reviews safety after attacks on staff

Hundreds of hospital staff have been attacked on the job by patients and visitors, with injuries ranging from minor bruising and shock to broken limbs and black eyes


Oklahoma hospital designed for severe weather

Modifications to the Tahlequah hospital's existing plans for the $60 million facility enhance its ability to withstand severe weather


Mock disaster drills held at Connecticut senior facility

Norwalk facility holds mock disaster drill to test policies and procedures in case of a natural disaster


New guidelines help hospitals curb MRSA

Strategy includes implementing a monitoring program and the proper cleaning and disinfection of equipment and environments


Study shows UV cleaning cuts superbugs by 20 percent

Rate of hospital-acquired infections was significantly lower during the 22 months of UVD use compared with the previous 30 months


Collaboration model may control spread of C. diff

Study says multi-hospital collaboration can help control infection


Deadly linen contamination a wake-up call

Laundries urged to review processes, procedures


New Hampshire hospitals take part in pandemic exercise

Strafford County facilities join local agencies, schools in setting up alternate care site during emergency


Better oversight of Alberta care facilities urged

A new report by the Health Quality Council of Alberta says Alberta Health Services needs to decide who is responsible


Baltimore hospital's K-9 unit helps cut security incidents

Two dogs were added to the Union Memorial Hospital staff in the spring


Smart design can help keep patients safe

University Medical Center project's goals included reducing the number of errors, falls and infections at the facility and improving patient outcomes


Hand-washing goals key to Maryland CMS waiver

In state's acute care hospitals, health professionals have been washing their hands at least 90 percent of the time over the last six months, study shows


Poor communication cited in Wisconsin hospital shooting

Shooting resulted in a lockdown at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin


Largest U.S. health system will stop buying flame-retardant furniture

Kaiser Permanente will stop buying furniture treated with the chemicals linked to cancer, reproductive disorders and brain damage


South Korean hospital examined for safety lapses after fatal fire

A fire killed 21 and injured eight at a private hospital for chronically ill patients


West Virginia hospital holds decontamination drill

Preston Memorial Hospital uses community volunteers to set up temporary facility


Hospital system security will be allowed to make arrests on public property

Police working for University Hospitals Health System in Cleveland, Ohio, soon will be able to make misdemeanor arrests, enforce traffic laws and ticket illegally parked cars


Security reviewed after newborn abduction

The abduction of a day-old baby from a Quebec hospital has raised questions about hospitals' security measures


Call for portable bed rail ban renewed after deaths

A long-term care consumer watchdog group has renewed its call for a permanent ban of adult portable bed rails in long-term care settings


Deadly infections at 'med spa' tied to poor practices

Outbreaks of strep infections at East Coast weight loss clinics linked to staffs' poor infection control practices


UK man dies after being trapped in hospital doors

Inquest will review the death of an elderly man who was trapped in the revolving doors at South Tyneside District Hospital


New technology improves hospital emergency communication

Emergency managers have access to communication tools that make sure that the right people get the right message


Manhattan hospitals partner for disaster drill

Lenox Hill Hospital, New York-Presbyterian practice decontamination, test patient-tracking system


Canadian hospital test drives new emergency plan

Ottawa Hospital builds new links to police, fire, ambulance, city services and the Red Cross, while putting in place a new emergency management system


Wisconsin hospital proactive on safety

Mercy Hospital in Devil's Lake offers safety seminars for staff


Antimicrobial coatings and equipment advancing infection control

As technology plays a greater part in healthcare, more attention is being paid to how device surfaces and materials behave in terms of harboring micro-organisms


Seattle medical center security staff to carry Tasers

Security officers at the Swedish Medical Center will be the first in the city to be armed with Tasers


MRSA study recognized by APIC

The study examined the survivability of a MRSA strain on razors, plastic toys, ceramic, soap, wood, vinyl, towels, bed sheets and shoulder pads


Portsmouth hospital practices for disasters

Portsmouth Regional Hospital staffers train at the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Center for Domestic Preparedness



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