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  • Patient Safety Tool: Morse Falls Risk Predictor

    The National Center for Patient Safety offers a free, downloadable pocket card designed to help healthcare providers measure the risk of patient falls.  
  • Horizontal vs. Vertical Strategies to Reduce HAIs: Q&A With Kathryn Bowsher of PurThread Technologies

    Kathryn Bowsher, a medical solutions professional for more than 20 years, is CEO of PurThread Technologies, which develops antimicrobial technology intended to help hospitals reduce the bioburden on hard-to-clean soft surfaces in the patient environment. She discusses horizontal versus vertical strategies to reduce the frequency and costs of healthcare-acquired infections.   Q: With organizations paying significant attention to hand hygiene, do you think organizations are overlooking or neglecting other HAI prevention methods?   Kathryn Bowsher: I don't think 'neglect' or 'overlook' are really the right words. Hand hygiene is fundamental. There's probably nothing more important to infection prevention efforts than hand hygiene.  
  • Patient Safety Tool: "Words to Watch" Fact Sheet to Improve Health Literacy

    The National Patient Safety Foundation offers a free, downloadable fact sheet that lists "words to watch" so as to avoid patient confusion and maintain health literacy.  
  • Patient Safety Tool: Sample ASC Environmental Cleaning Policy and Procedure

    The Oregon Patient Safety Commission offers a free, downloadable sample environmental cleaning policy and procedure for ambulatory surgery centers.  
  • APIC Publishes Strategic Plan 2020

    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology has announced it has published the APIC Strategic Plan 2020, which the organization will use as its roadmap for the next eight years.  
  • Utah Payor Publishes Utah OB/GYN Quality, Satisfaction Rates

    SelectHealth, a non-profit payor in Utah, recently released new clinical quality scores and patient satisfaction ratings for nearly 200 obstetricians and certified nurse midwives.  
  • Enzymatic Soap Not Enough to Disinfect Contaminated Laryngoscopes

    Researchers found several studied interventions, with the exception of the 5-minute soak in enzymatic soap, completely disinfected the laryngoscopes, according to research published in the Archives of Otolaryngology.  
  • Researchers Suggest MRSA Treatment, Screening for Open Airway Surgery Patients

    Researchers found a high prevalence of MRSA in children undergoing open airway surgery, suggesting the need for MRSA screening and treatment, according to a study published in the Archives of Otolaryngology.  
  • Patient and Staff Education Tool: 7 Flu and Infection Prevention Safety Videos From the Department of Veterans Affairs

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs developed and provides seven free videos to help educate the public and providers about flu and infection prevention issues.  
  • Staff Education Tool: 'How It Works: Cleaning Hands with Waterless Hand Sanitizer' Poster

    The Minnesota Department of Health offers a free, downloadable poster on the use of waterless hand sanitizer.  
  • Admission Health Status Should Be Factored in Payment, Incentive Methods

    As payment methods increasingly rely on quality and efficiency metrics, researchers recently suggested adjusting adverse event reporting and reimbursement incentives to account for patients' admission health statuses, according to a study published in the American Journal of Medical Quality.  
  • Workload May Hamper Anesthesia Providers' Hand Hygiene Compliance

    Burdensome workloads may contribute to poor hand hygiene compliance by anesthesia providers, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control.  
  • Bacterial Contamination May Persist After Aldehyde Disinfection for Endoscopes

    Researchers concluded aldehyde disinfectants may not adequately remove bacterial contaminants in endoscopes, according to research published in the American Journal of Infection Control.  
  • Nail Pick, Brush Does Not Improve Hand Hygiene

    Researchers found nail picks or brushes during the surgical scrub process did not improve hand hygiene, according to research published in the American Journal of Infection Control.  
  • Parkland Memorial Asks Texas AG to Rule on Patient Safety Report's Confidentiality

    Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas has asked for the state attorney general's office to rule whether a taxpayer-funded patient safety report can be kept confidential, according to a Dallas Business Journal report.  
  • Missouri's CoxHealth Settles Third of Radiation Overdose Lawsuits

    Two years after CoxHealth officials publicly confessed that as many as 76 cancer patients were exposed to dangerous levels of radiation over a five-year period, the organization has settled 27 of 66 lawsuits, according to a News-Leader report.  
  • Patient Safety Tool: Excel Log for Computing Alcohol Product Use

    The VA National Center for Patient Safety offers a free, downloadable spreadsheet that can be used to compute grams of alcohol product used per 1,000 patient days.  
  • Patient Safety Tool: "It's OK to Ask" Hand Hygiene Buttons

    The VA National Center for Patient Safety offers a free, downloadable template that can be printed and used as buttons to promote hand hygiene.  
  • Importance of Maintaining Patient Normothermia: Q&A With Frank Czajka of Medline

    In April 2011, Medline launched its foray into patient warming products with the PerfecTemp, an operating room table pad which allows for the monitoring of patient temperature at the point where skin meets the mattress. Frank Czajka is the president of Medline's Proxima division, a surgical-focused division overseeing much of the company's disposable protective surgical apparel, facial protection and ancillary surgical products traditionally used in the OR to provide further infection control options, including the company's warming products. Mr. Czajka discusses the importance of patient warming and maintaining normothermia, the reasons why it is a challenge for organizations and how Medline hopes its focus on providing warming solutions will help overcome these obstacles.   Q: Why is maintaining patient normothermia critical for hospitals and surgery centers, both from a safety and compliance perspective?   Frank Czajka: Achieving normothermia really does several things that are hyper-important to patients and ultimately their outcomes. [By maintaining normothermia], there's a three times reduction in the risk of surgical site infection and a three times reduction in the risk of a cardiac events during or post-surgery, which is going to truly have an impact on mortality and morbidity rates. It also reduces bleeding and recovery time. Maintaining normothermia not only benefits the patient, but also provides a huge benefit to the hospital in terms of lower time in PACU and ultimately a shorter stay in the hospital, which allows that facility to turn over and take care of more patients.  
  • Game Designed to Teach Students About Interdisciplinary Care

    A group of medical students at Western University in Canada created a  board game designed to teach other students about their roles in interdisciplinary health teams, according to a news release.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on interdisciplinary care. 

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