Today's Top 20 Infection Control StoriesRSS
  1. Privacy Curtains May Be Quickly Contaminated With Pathogens

    Privacy curtains may be quickly contaminated with pathogens, according to research published in the American Journal of Infection Control.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on privacy curtains. By Jaimie Oh -
  2. Growing Michigan E-Prescribing Initiative Aims to Reduce Medication Errors

    The Southeast Michigan ePrescribing Initiative, launched in 2005 to promote electronic prescribing among physicians in Southeast Michigan, has grown approximately 33 percent since last year.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on the Southeast Michigan ePrescribing Initiative. By Jaimie Oh -
  3. Hydrogen Peroxide Vapor Better Than UV Radiation for Environmental Decontamination

    Researchers found hydrogen peroxide vapor was more effective than ultraviolet radiation for environmental decontamination, according to research published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on hydrogen peroxide vapor. By Jaimie Oh -

Improving patient acquisition through marketing

Sponsored
There is a huge paradigm shift going on that has moved the power of information from the practice to the patient.  77% of individuals are searching for a reputable doctor online and 1/3 of consumers trust the internet as a reliable source for healthcare information.
  1. Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Reduced Costs by 45% in 7 Years

    An antimicrobial stewardship program at the University of Maryland Medical Center resulted in a 45.8 percent decrease in utilization costs in seven years, according to a study published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on UMMC's antimicrobial stewardship program. By Jaimie Oh -
  2. Staff Education Tool: Guide for Selecting, Using Personal Protective Equipment in Healthcare

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers a free, downloadable PowerPoint presentation on selecting and using personal protective equipment in healthcare settings.  By Jaimie Oh -
  3. 4 Projects Show Patient Safety, Quality Success at Barnes-Jewish Hospital

    Like many hospitals across the country, Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis is implementing several patient safety and quality initiatives to improve the patient care experience. The hospital, which has more than 1,100 beds, is an academic medical center that also serves as a safety net hospital for the St. Louis region. As such, the hospital serves a broad range of patients, which "presents some challenges in terms of having a focused safety and quality program," says John Lynch, MD, CMO of Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Lynch shares how the hospital overcame this challenge by standardizing practices.  By Sabrina Rodak -
  4. Employees' Attitudes, Beliefs Influence Environmental Cleanliness, Study Suggests

    Healthcare environmental service workers' attitudes and beliefs could influence the effectiveness of their work, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on environmental cleanliness. By Jaimie Oh -

Creating value and gaining buy-in

Sponsored
Patient safety, patient experience, and innovation demands mean that talent is more important than ever. Building a more efficient and effective approach to selecting the right candidates is one way for HR to make a direct contribution to the organization's broader goals and bottom line.
  1. Screen Saver Messages on Benefits of Hand Hygiene May Boost Compliance

    Researchers suggest positive messages about hand hygiene on computer screen savers may lead to greater compliance to hand hygiene practices, according to research published in the American Journal of Infection Control.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on hand hygiene. By Jaimie Oh -
  2. Patient Safety Tool: Checklist for Checklist Development

    Project Check offers a free, downloadable checklist designed to help healthcare providers and organizations build a sustainable and effective patient safety checklist.  By Jaimie Oh -
  3. Stopping Infection at the Source: Preventing Legionnaires' Disease at Hospitals

    A recent CDC report found that five primarily waterborne diseases, including Legionnaires' disease, cost the United States $970 million annually between 2004 and 2007, based on data from a large insurance claims database. Legionella grows in hot water and causes legionellosis, or Legionnaires' disease. The bacteria have been found in hospitals' water systems, which puts patients at risk for infection. In fact, a study in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology linked a hospital's decorative fountain to an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. John Marx, MPH, an infection control practitioner and microbiologist at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison, describes how his hospital eliminated Legionella by treating its water system.  By Sabrina Rodak -
  4. Advocacy Tour Aims to Increase Awareness of Needlestick Safety

    Safe in Common will launch the Needlestick Safety Advocacy Tour to promote education, awareness and stronger federal standards for needlestick prevention and safety.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on the Needlestick Safety Advocacy Tour. By Jaimie Oh -
  1. Bloodstream Infections Cost U.S. Economy $29B in 2003

    In 2003, bloodstream infections cost the U.S. economy approximately $29 billion, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on bloodstream infections. By Jaimie Oh -
  2. Patient Safety Tool: Visit-Specific Satisfaction Instrument

    Rand Health offers a free, downloadable tool designed to assess patient satisfaction after each visit.  By Jaimie Oh -
  3. Ambulances May Carry Antibiotic-Resistant Strains of S. Aureus

    Researchers have concluded appropriate cleaning techniques should be considered for key sites in ambulances to prevent the spread of S. aureus, according to research published in the American Journal of Infection Control.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on MRSA. By Jaimie Oh -
  4. Increased Surveillance May Explain Higher Incidence of MRSA

    Researchers have noted although MRSA prevalence since 2006 has increased, more healthcare facilities are performance active surveillance and rates of healthcare-associated MRSA have decreased, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on MRSA. By Jaimie Oh -
  5. IU Health Researchers Present Data on RF Surgical Technology at AORN Congress

    Indiana University Health researchers presented results from a prospective study that showed use of RF Surgical technology over a four-year period led to zero retained surgical items.  By Jaimie Oh -
  6. HMA Hospitals Implement Technology to Prevent Patient Falls

    Approximately 15 Health Management Associates hospitals have implemented new technology designed to prevent patient falls, according to a Naples News report.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on patient falls. By Jaimie Oh -
  7. Quality Improvement Efforts May Initially Hurt Patients' Experiences

    Hospitals' quality improvement efforts may lead to an initial decline in patient satisfaction, according to researchers at Ohio State University.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on quality improvement and the patient experience. By Jaimie Oh -
  8. Proposed Legislation Would Aid Rapid Approval of Breakthrough Drugs

    U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) introduced a bipartisan bill that would expedite FDA approval and provide more flexibility when a drug or treatment shows dramatic responses early in development, while still ensuring drug safety and efficacy.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on the Advancing Breakthrough Therapies for Patients Act. By Jaimie Oh -
  9. Dr. Val Zudans Publishes Outcomes Data From Florida Eye Institute Surgicenter

    Val Zudans, MD, FACS, a board-certified ophthalmologist at Florida Eye Institute in Vero Beach, has published data based on surgical procedures performed at the Florida Eye Institute Surgicenter in the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, according to a TCPalm report.  By Rachel Fields -


Patient Safety Tools & Resources Database