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  1. Video-based decision aids reduced rates of elective surgery, active treatment for urologic conditions, study finds

    Video-based decision aids helped reduce rates of elective surgery for benign prostatic hyperplasia patients and rates of active treatment for localized prostate cancer patients, according to a report published in the American Journal of Managed Care.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. HAIs in the US: 5 key findings

    There were significant reductions in healthcare-associated infections reported at the national level in 2013, according to The National and State Healthcare-Associated Infections Progress Report published earlier this year by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Santa Barbara patient monitored for Ebola, being transferred to Los Angeles hospital

    As a 'precautionary measure,' a Santa Barbara woman who was being monitored for Ebola was taken to an undisclosed Los Angeles area hospital Sunday night after displaying fever and illness, reports ABC 7.  By Brandon Howard -

Improving patient care with practitioners

Penn State Hershey Medical Center will share how their engagement and talent management strategy has transformed their onboarding experience and ongoing staff development.
  1. Is it rude for patients to remind health workers to wash their hands?

    A new study from South Korea in the American Journal of Infection Control suggests most patients are willing to remind their healthcare provider, which prompted Reuters to report today that in fact, physicians and nurses do not like the idea of patients telling them to clean or wash their hands.  By Brandon Howard -
  2. Dermatitis incidents increase due to hand hygiene compliance, study finds

    A study, conducted by the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, showed that the incidence of dermatitis increased 4.5 times in healthcare workers after hand hygiene compliance increased, according to a European Cleaning Journal report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Wireless sensors track germ transmission

    According to research by Thomas Obadia and colleagues published in PLOS Computational Biology, wireless sensors recording human interactions reveal close proximity interactions between patient and healthcare workers in Berck-sur-Mer hospital, France, acted as pathways for the transmission of S. aureus strains, according to a release.  By Brandon Howard -
  4. NPSF adds Zynx Health to patient safety coalition

    The National Patient Safety Foundation recently added Zynx Health to the NPSF Patient Safety Coalition.  By Anuja Vaidya -

Robotic technology for orthopedics in the ASC

Robotic technology is well established across multiple specialties in the hospital setting, due primarily to the clinical and strategic value it brings. Robotics, especially for orthopedics, is gaining traction in the ASC setting with early adopters who recognize its value.
  1. Global infection control market to reach $14B by 2017: 5 key trends

    The global infection control market is expected to be worth $14 billion by 2017, according to a MarketsandMarkets report.   By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. A robot could be cleaning your medical facility

    A new agreement between Tu-D SmartUVC and HealthTrust will work to allow the former's 'automated disinfection robot' to be purchased and used by hospitals in the HealthTrust members, which include acute, ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices, alternate care facilities and more.  By Brandon Howard -
  3. 'Smart bandage' detects early tissue damage from bedsores

    Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, with colleagues at UC San Francisco created a bandage that uses electrical currents to detect pressure ulcers, or bedsores, while they are still forming, reports Infection Control Today.  By Brandon Howard -
  4. ASC Quality and Access Act of 215 introduced in the House — 5 key notes

    Two Congressmen introduced the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality and Access Act of 2015 in the U.S. House of Representatives today, according to ASCA. By Laura Dyrda -
  1. The anti-vaccination movement's effects on measles

    A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association's Pediatrics publication titled "Substandard Vaccination Compliance and the 2015 Measles Outbreak" notes the anti-vaccination movement is likely to blame for the recent measles outbreak linked to Disneyland, reports the Long Beach Press Telegram.  By Brandon Howard -
  2. Patient suing Olympus America over superbug at UCLA Medical Center

    Domingo Gomez filed a lawsuit Monday against Olympus America over the recent CRE superbug at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, alleging liability, negligence and fraud, reports Santa Monica Mirror.  By Brandon Howard -
  3. Study: What factors influence physician hand hygiene compliance?

    A study, published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, identified behavioral factors — both barriers and enablers — that may impact physician hand hygiene compliance.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. Northbank Surgical Center, Oregon Outpatient Surgery Center receive patient safety honors

    Two outpatient ambulatory surgery centers were recognized by the Oregon Patient Safety Reporting Program, according to a report in The Oregonian. By Laura Dyrda -
  5. 10 American clinicians return from Sierra Leone after exposure to Ebola

    Ten American healthcare workers for the Partners In Health charity are being flown from West Africa after aiding another American clinician diagnosed with Ebola, reports the Wall Street Journal.  By Brandon Howard -
  6. APIC scholar award recipients receive up to $50k for implementation science research

    Two recipients of the Heroes Implementation Research Scholar Award program were announced for 2015-2016. Amanda Hessels, PhD, MPH, RN, CIC, CPHQ, post-doctoral research fellow at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research to Prevent Infections (CIRI) at Columbia University School of Nursing, and JaHyun Kang, PhD, MPH, RN, CIC, associate professor at University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing were the two scholar award winners.    By Brandon Howard -
  7. CDC study claims hospital-acquired MRSA infection declined 2005-2011

    According to a CDC study, invasive MRSA infections beginning in hospitals declined 54 percent between 2005 and 2011 and there were 9,000 fewer deaths in hospital patients in 2011 than those in 2005, reports Time Bulletin Media.    By Brandon Howard -
  8. AORN awards seal of recognition to PerfectCLEAN Operating Room Processing & Checklist System

    The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses has awarded its AORN Seal of Recognition to the PerfectCLEAN Operating Room Processing & Checklist System for the third year in a row.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  9. AORN, MyRounding create app to ensure compliance with guidelines

    The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses partnered with MyRounding to create a mobile application to support AORN guidelines.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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