Safety - June 2016

Seeing red for healthcare facility safety

Outpatient Surgery website lists ways the color red can be used to promote patient safety


Healthcare security in the 21st century

Many healthcare facilities have developed contingency plans in the event of a natural disaster or mass trauma


Body-worn hand-hygiene system increases decontamination

Researchers tested intraoperative hand-hygiene method and personalized, body-worn hand-hygiene system


CDC offers guide to prevent Legionnaires' disease outbreaks

Better water management could have prevented the majority of outbreaks


How healthcare facilities respond to mass shootings

Facilities have emergency/disaster plans for preparing their emergency rooms and trauma centers for a sudden influx of patients


Improved scope cleaning with enhanced visual inspection

Advanced technology and intentional visual inspection practices can greatly improve hospitals' processing quality


Toxic smoke protection for patients, staff urged

Toxic plumes in surgical smoke are a hazard to patients, surgeons, and nurses


Ottawa hospital to install safety alarms after attack on nurse

Brockville Mental Health Centre is ordered to install electronic alarms, improve staff training and hire security guards


Memphis VA cited after body tissue found in drain

An engineer pipe-fitter was exposed to body tissue while unclogging a drain


Protect networked IP cameras from cyberattacks

Poorly configured devices can offer an opportunity to gain entry into the network


Weighing the risks of OR surveillance

Secret videotaping of operations to catch a drug thief at a San Diego hospital has led to allegations of patient privacy breaches


Hand-hygiene improvement urged for outpatient clinic

Study suggests improvements for infection-prevention practices


What's a healthcare facility's liability when a patient falls?

Strict policies can help reduce the risk of patient slips, trips and falls


Study looks at impact of sink location on hand-hygiene compliance

Study examines behavior after care of patients with Clostridium difficile infection


Using video monitoring to reduce patient falls

For a growing number of healthcare facilities, the right-size solution is a combination of technology and caregiver involvement


Violent crime in hospitals dropped in 2015

But research from the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety says assaults are up



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