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  1. Malnourished patients more likely than morbidly obese patients to face complications after orthopedic procedures, study finds

    Following total knee or hip replacement surgeries, malnourished patients are more likely to have complications than morbidly obese patients, according to new research presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, March 24 to March 28.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Patients are becoming more aware of performance reports

    According to a study reported on by Penn State News, patients are becoming more aware of comparative doctor and hospital performance reports, although at a slower than expected rate.  By Brandon Howard -
  3. Continuing medical education platform grows to drive improved patient safety

    Qstream, a mobile software platform to help reinforce healthcare skills, is seeing its popularity rising among physicians and clinicians at major medical centers, including Duke University School of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center among others.  By Brandon Howard -

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  1. Diagnostic pain injections for hip arthroscopy patients may not predict postop outcomes, study finds

    Pain relief from preoperative diagnostic hip injections may not predict better outcomes after arthroscopic hip surgery, according to research presented today at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's Specialty Day.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Large financial benefit to identifying & reducing patient harm, AHS saves $108M, study finds

    AHS saved approximately $108 million in total cost, $48 million in variable cost, and $18 million in contribution margin by systemically identifying and reducing patient harm during a three-year period, according to a study published in the Journal of Patient Safety.  By Brandon Howard -
  3. Washington resident is suing Seattle hospital over alleged CRE infection

    Debbie Newton is suing Olympus America, after she claims she developed a CRE infection after a procedure using one of Olympus's duodenoscopes at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to The Seattle Times.  By Brandon Howard -
  4. Combining outpatient cosmetic procedures leads to higher risk of VTE, study finds

    Some combinations of outpatient cosmetic procedures result in a heightened risk of venous thromboembolism, according to a study in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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  1. Checklists may not help improve surgical outcomes, study finds

    Implementation of a checklist-based quality improvement intervention did not affect rates of adverse surgical outcomes among patients undergoing general surgery, according to a study published in JAMA Surgery.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Multifaceted interventions increase hand hygiene compliance, study finds

    A multi-modal intervention program helped increase hand hygiene compliance, according to a study published in the Journal of Emergency Nursing.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Strategies for ASC managers to implement infection control practices

    One of the greatest challenges that face managers of ambulatory surgery centers is keeping the rate of infection low. By Sports and Spine Orthopaedics -
  4. 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 -
  1. 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 -
  2. 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 -
  3. 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 -
  4. 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 -
  5. 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 -
  6. 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 -
  7. 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 -
  8. 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 -
  9. '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 -


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