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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 -

Improving patient acquisition through marketing

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. 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 -
  4. 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 -

Creating value and gaining buy-in

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. 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 -
  2. 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 -
  3. 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 -
  4. 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 -
  1. 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 -
  2. '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 -
  3. 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 -
  4. 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 -
  5. 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 -
  6. 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 -
  7. 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 -
  8. 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 -
  9. 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 -

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