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  • Top 10 Quality Articles Dec. 23-27

    The following are the most-accessed articles on the quality channel for the week of Dec. 23, starting with the most-read. 
  • 10 Most-Read Patient Safety Tools Dec. 23-27

    The following are the most-accessed patient safety tools for the week of Dec. 23, starting with the most-read. 
  • 14 Most-Read Quality Stories of 2013: ASC

    The following are the most popular stories on the Becker's ASC quality channel for 2013, starting with the most-read. 
  • Reducing 'Never Events' by Increasing Transparency

    In attempts to reduce the occurrence of "never events," medical errors that should not happen if proper preventive protocols are in place, the National Health Service in England is publishing details on them to increase transparency. 
  • Roundup of Latest Quality, Performance Report Cards

    Over the past four weeks, Becker's Hospital Review has reported on quality and performance report cards released by different organizations. 
  • C. diff Present on 24% of Healthcare Workers' Hands After Disinfecting

    Twenty-four percent of healthcare workers carried spores of Clostridium difficile on their hands even after following proper hand hygiene protocol after patient contact, according to a study published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. In the controlled study, healthcare workers followed four infection control measures when coming into contact with patients with C. diff. They placed patients in single rooms, wore disposable floor-length, long sleeved gowns and gloves, followed hand hygiene practices before putting on gloves and after removing gloves, and cleaned patient rooms daily with hypochlorite-based disinfectant. Zero percent of healthcare workers who did not come into contact with C. diff patients had spores on their hands. Researchers suggest more information is needed to understand C. diff transmission to better implement additional antimicrobial stewardship efforts. More Articles on Infection Control: Researchers Develop Vaccine Against Staph, Drug-Resistant MRSAInfection Control Market Expected to Reach $14B by 20176 Public Health Statistics on Infectious Diseases in Hospitals  
  • Researchers Develop Vaccine Against Staph, Drug-Resistant MRSA

    Researchers at the University of Iowa in Iowa City have developed a vaccine that protects patients against lethal pneumonia caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria and drug-resistant Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, according to a news release from the University of Iowa. 
  • Sterilization, Decontamination Market to Reach $14B by 2017

    According to a Markets and Markets report, the infection control market is expected to reach a value of $14 billion by 2017, growing at a compound annual growth rate of six percent. 
  • 10 Most Popular Patient Safety Tools Dec. 16-20

    The following are the 10 most popular patient safety tools for the week of Dec. 16-20, starting with the most-read: 
  • 14 Recent Developments in Quality

    The following are recent findings in the quality realm in the last two weeks of December, collected from Becker's coverage and starting with the most recent finding: 
  • AAAHC's 10 Common Accreditation Mistakes to Avoid

    In a Nov. 12 webinar hosted by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Ray Grundman, senior direction for external relations, surveyor and past president of AAAHC, presented 10 common mistakes healthcare organizations can avoid when becoming accredited or reaccredited. 
  • Specialty Surgery Center in New Jersey 1st ASC to Undergo Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety Training

    Sparta, N.J.-based Specialty Surgical Center will become the first surgical center to receive training from the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. 
  • Physicians Expected to Accept Responsibility for Protocol Lapses

    Attitudes in the healthcare industry are shifting from a "no-blame" hospital culture that leans toward system improvements to assigning blame for individual errors. According to a study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine, healthcare providers and patients think physicians should assume responsibility when failing to follow proper safety protocol. 
  • Patient Safety Tools: 10 Hand Hygiene Posters for Use in Your Facility

    Here are ten free, downloadable hand hygiene posters that can be printed out and posted in your facility. For more patient safety tools, visit our database by clicking here. 
  • Study: Few Reports Examine Link Between Electronic Medication Management and Adverse Events in ASCs

    There is little evidence showing a correlation between electronic interventions for medication management and the risk of adverse events or patient harm in ambulatory surgery centers, according to a study published in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. 
  • Many Patients Unnecessarily Treated for C. diff

    Preliminary data show most patients treated for Clostridium difficile are not actually infected, according to a MedPage Today report. 
  • Quality Improvement Tip: 8 Steps for Change Management

    The Harvard Business Review shares eight steps for change management from retired Harvard Business School professor John P. Kotter, PhD. The tips were originally shared in advance of his 1996 book Leading Change but are still relevant to conversations in change management today. According to Dr. Kotter, the eight necessary steps to take to foster organizational change are: 
  • 10 Most-Read Patient Safety Tools Dec. 9-13

    The following are the 10 most-popular patient safety tools for the week of December 9-13, starting with the most read. 
  • President-Elect of Iowa ASC Association Announces All State Surgery Centers Meet CMS Quality Requirements

    President-Elect of the Iowa Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers Michael Patterson has announced the 28 ASCs in Iowa have all met the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services quality reporting requirements, according to a Quad-City Times report. 
  • Medication Reconciliation Improves with Pharmacist Intervention

    Medication reconciliation was more complete, accurate and up-to-date at hospital admission and discharge when pharmacists took over the process, according to preliminary data reported in MedPage Today. 


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