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  • Patient Safety Tool: Falls Toolkit Jeopardy

    The National Center for Patient Safety offers a free, downloadable Jeopardy Powerpoint designed to test healthcare staff's knowledge about patient falls and prevention.  
  • Practical Guidance for Handling Reusable Sharps

    The following article is written by Matt Smith, marketing analyst for Healthmark Industries Co.   Surgical instruments can be potentially dangerous to handle, transport and clean. These items are particularly dangerous to personnel and patients right after use in the OR. These instruments become potentially infectious "sharps" when contaminated. Reusable sharps, such as scissors, osteotomes and other surgical instruments, are often capable of penetrating a person's skin.  
  • 4 Risk Factors for Immediate Use Steam Sterilization

    History of malignancy and obesity are among the four risk factors that may increase the incidence of immediate-use steam sterilization, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control. Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on immediate-use steam sterilization. 
  • Parkland's Chief Implementation Officer Resigns Days After Hiring

    John Beall, who was appointed Parkland Memorial Hospital's chief implementation officer, has resigned five days after his first day and will return to his former post at The Joint Commission, according to a Dallas Morning News report.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on Parkland Memorial Hospital. 
  • Alcohol Handrubs More Time Efficient Than Chlorhexidine Washing

    Results from a study showed alcohol handrubbing is just as effective as but more time efficient than chlorhexidine handwashing, according to research published in the American Journal of Infection Control.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on hand hygiene. 
  • Red Sox Pitcher Receives Emergency Surgery to Repair Alleged Botched Surgery

    Red Sox relief pitcher Bobby Jenks traveled to Phoenix to undergo emergency surgery to fix an alleged botched spinal decompression surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, according to a Boston Globe report.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on Bobby Jenks. 
  • Healthcare-Acquired Infections, Mortalities in Pennsylvania Down Slightly in 2010

    The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council issued a new report that showed healthcare-associated infection and mortalities rates decreased from 2009 to 2010.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council report. 
  • NM Hospital Quarantine Possibly Caused by Norovirus Outbreak

    A suspected norovirus outbreak has led Kaseman Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, N.M., to quarantine its skilled nursing rehabilitation unit, according to a KRQE report.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on Kaseman Presbyterian Hospital. 
  • Patient Safety Tool: 5 Steps to Safer Healthcare

    The 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program offers a free, downloadable poster detailing five steps patient can take to ensure safer healthcare.  
  • Staff Education Tool: ABCs of Patient Safety Poster

    The 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program offers a free, downloadable poster that lists the "ABCs" of patient safety.  
  • Patient Safety Tool: Staff Safety Attitudes Questionnaire

    The 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program offers a free, downloadable sample survey designed to assess healthcare employees' perceptions about patient safety.  
  • MRSA Assay Shown to Be 99% Accurate

    An automated DNA multiplex assay was 99 percent accurate in identifying MRSA, according to a news release.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on the Staph ID/R assay. 
  • Study Demonstrating Safety of Live Demo Cases Raises Questions

    Despite results from a study suggesting live cases can be demonstrated at professional conferences without causing patient harm, other experts say further research is still needed, according to a heartwire report.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on performing live cases at conferences. 
  • Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Group Publishes Briefing on Safe Injection Practices

    The Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation has released a briefing on safe injection practices, including specific recommendations for risk assessment, policy development and performance monitoring.  
  • Lawmakers Call on OIG to Investigate State Medical Boards

    Three U.S. senators have asked the HHS inspector general to investigate state medical boards' oversight of physicians, according to a New Haven Independent report.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on state medical boards. 
  • Contact Precautions May Not Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections

    Researchers have suggested placing patients who are asymptomatically colonized with MRSA in contact precautions may not decrease risk of infection, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on contact precautions. 
  • Bacteria May Be Transferred From Unused Paper Towels

    Researchers have found several types of bacteria on unused paper towel brands, including Clostridium, according to research published in the American Journal of Infection Control.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on infection control. 
  • Staff Education Tool: Flu Vaccination Myths & Facts Sheet

    Joint Commission Resources provides a free, downloadable fact sheet on flu vaccination for healthcare workers.  
  • Analysis Highlights Challenge of Surgical Instrument Sterilization

    Poor sterilization of surgical instruments continues to be a challenge and has led to dangerous outcomes for patients, according to an analysis by the Center for Public Integrity.  
  • Commentary: Quality Measures Must Be Standardized, Harmonized

    In commentary published in Health Affairs, two physicians describe the need to standardize and harmonize quality measures to alleviate the burden of reporting and improving performance.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on the Health Affairs commentary. 


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