Past Issues - OR Clinical Quality

2012

Nov/Dec Issue of Becker's Operating Room Clinical Quality & Infection Control Supplement
7 Steps to Better Quality Control at Orthopedics & Spine Surgery Centers; 5 Key Areas CMS Looks At in ASC Surveys; 6 Important AAAHC Accreditation Updates to Know; 4 Approaches to Implement Evidence-Based Care Practices; 6 Questions Hospital Leaders Should Ask When Managing Care Variation (quality); National Association for Healthcare Quality Offers 5 Recommended Practices for Quality; Promoting Hand Hygiene Through Electronic Monitoring: Q&A With DebMed; Respecting Sterile Processing for Their Role in Patient Safety; 4 Strategies to Boost Hospitals HCAHPS Scores; Chuck Lauer: Greater Awareness of HAIs Has Not Translated Into Action; Maintaining Quality at Pain Centers: Q&A With Dr. Edward Tavel of Pain Specialists of Charleston; Leveraging Technology to Reduce Readmissions: 3 Things to Know; Why Hospitals Can't Settle for "Later:" Tracking Data in Real Time to Reduce Readmissions; 5 Points on Preventing Injection Errors in the Surgical Site; Inside the Medicare Accreditation Process: 5 Crucial Points From ASC Inspector Dr. David Watts; CMS' Systems Improvement Agreement: A Last Chance Alternative to Medicare Termination?; 5 Points to Achieve 95% Hand Hygiene Compliance. Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue

Sept/Oct Issue of Becker's Operating Room Clinical Quality & Infection Control Supplement
10 Areas of Focus for Maintaining a Sterile Field in an ASC; Preventing Healthcare-Associated Infections: Q&A With Wava Truscott of Kimberly-Clark Health Care; 8 Steps to "Chase Zero" With Wrong Site Surgery; 3 Quality Improvement Projects at UC Davis Medical Center; 7 Fundamentals for Maintaining Safe and Effective Sterile Processing Departments; 5 Best Practices for Central Sterile Processing; 5 Quick Tips for Benchmarking Quality Data in Surgery Centers; How Low-Level Disinfection Prevents HAIs, Failed Inspections and Morale Issues: 8 Points From EquipSystems' Carl Runge and Chris Wilkerson; Quality Outcomes Reporting to Cause 'Major Changes' in ASC Marketplace; 5 Essential Aspects of Fluid Waste Management in a Surgical Facility; 10 Changes to Quality Reporting Programs; Harvard Researchers: Global Payments Improve Healthcare Quality; 10 Common Roadblocks to Achieving Surgery Center Accreditation; 4 Tactics to Prepare for an HFAP Accreditation Survey; GAO: More Data Needed on Injection Safety in Ambulatory Care Settings; 5 Tips on How to Improve Patient Safety With the Help of Technology; 5 Mistakes to Avoid During Medicare Accreditation. Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue

May/June Issue of Becker's Operating Room Clinical Quality & Infection Control Supplement
ASC CMS Quality Measure Reporting: Why, What, When, Where & How; Back to the Basics: 6 Core Concepts for Patient Safety & Quality Control; 8 Strategies to Prevent Wrong-Site Surgery; 8 Guiding Principles on Crafting a Sound Safety Program; Ambulatory Surgery Center Infection Prevention: A Necessary Evil or a Dose of Fun?; Learn, Apply, Share: Kaiser Permanente’s 3-Step Strategy for Healthcare Quality Improvement; 10 Tips to Go Above and Beyond in a Surgery Center Accreditation Survey; Sounding the Alarm: 6 Strategies to Reduce & Prevent Alarm Fatigue; When Your ASC Needs “Immediate Corrective Action”: How to Form a Plan of Correction for Medicare; The CASC Exam: An Individual’s Story; What to Expect From AAAHC’s Longer Accreditation Terms: Q&A With Marci Ramahi; Best Practices for Proper Care of the Morbidly Obese in Surgery Centers; Is It True You Can’t Use Multiple Dose Vials Anymore?l Approaching Quality the Sanford Way: A Coordinated Improvement Strategy; 5 Qualities of High-Quality Infection Preventionists. Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue

February Issue of Becker's Operating Room Clinical Quality & Infection Control Supplement
10 Top Patient Safety Issues in 2012; 11 Strategies to Address Physician and Staff Resistance to Complying With Infection Control Guidelines; 10 Leaders in the Area of Clinical Quality; 12 Questions to Ask to Ensure an Effective Hand Hygiene Program; Treating Patients With MRSA in an ASC: Q&A With Regina Dolsen of Blue Chip Surgical Partners; 10 Things I Would Do Now If I Were Preparing for a Survey; Preventing Bloodborne Pathogen Violations in the ASC: Q&A With AORN’s Mary Ogg; Sterile Processing of Eye Instruments: Q&A With Nancy Jo Vinson; Healthcare Hotspots: Top Places to Protect Against Pathogens; Bacteria on Healthcare Workers’ Uniforms: Q&A With APIC President Russell Olmsted; 10 Essentials for an Infection Control Program at Spine Centers; 6 Quality Measures GI Centers Should Track; 5 ‘Cs’ for Addressing Infection Control in Design & Construction. Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue

2011

September/October Issue of Becker's Operating Room Clinical Quality & Infection Control Supplement
8 Problem Areas for ASCs in a Medicare Survey; 10 Steps to a Thorough Physician Credentialing Process; 5 Tangible Benefits of an Effective Risk Management Program; 6 Steps to Reduce Surgical Site Infections in Surgery Centers; 5 Current Trends in Patient Safety; Loaner Instrumentation Checklist: 10 Steps to Follow; Why You Should Test Your Surgical Instrument Washer Weekly; 6 Steps to Prevent Wrong-Site Surgery; Infection Prevention in the Outpatient Setting: Q&A With CDC’s Dr. Melissa Schaefer; 10 Things to Know About Waste Management and Preventing Surgical Site Infections; 7 Surprising OSHA and Waste Management Rules and Regulations. Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue

July/August Issue of Becker's Operating Room Clinical Quality & Infection Control Supplement
6 Ways to Decrease Sharps Injuries and Needle Sticks in the OR; Hand Hygiene Checklist: 5 Suggestions for Process Improvement; 10 Steps for Preventing C. Diff Outbreaks; Peer Review: 10 Things to Know; 14 Questions to Ask to Ensure Effective Patient Identification; 10 Good Ideas for Great Quality Improvement Studies; Hand Cream Use in Instrument Reprocessing Department; 8 Ways for Surgery Centers to Reduce Look-Alike/Sound-Alike Drug Errors. Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue

May/June Issue of Becker's Operating Room Clinical Quality & Infection Control Supplement
Top 10 Patient Safety Issues for 2011; 5 Best Practices for Meeting Surgery Center Conditions for Coverage; 10 Recent Changes in How CMS Surveyors Deal With Surgery Centers; 6 Best Practices for a Successful Surgery Center Infection Control Program; Current Sterilization Trends, Challenges and Tools: Q&A With Rose Seavey of Seavey Healthcare Consulting; Selection of Disinfection or Sterilization; 6 Common Misconceptions About Surgery Center Sterilization; 20 Questions Surgery Centers Should Ask to Ensure an Acceptable and Effective Infection Prevention Program; How Do You Know Your Filter Filters?; Disinfectant Surface Wipes: Effective or Simply Convenient?; Safe Injection Practices Checklist: 12 Critical Rules to Follow. Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue

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