Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality

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The Road to Eliminating HAIs: Hand Hygiene Improvement at Cedars-Sinai
Hospital-acquired infections affect approximately 440,000 patients each year in the U.S., costing roughly $10 billion a year. Click to continue »

Tackling Diabetes Management at Catholic Health Partners
As one of the triple aims of healthcare reform, improving population health is critical for hospitals and health systems. Click to continue »

High-Price Doesn’t Mean High-Quality for Hospitals
High-price hospitals perform much better than their low-price counterparts on reputation-based quality rankings, but they don’t fare so well when it comes to outcome-based measures, according to a Health Affairs study. Click to continue »

Patient Navigators Facilitate Successful Chronic Care, Study Finds
Patient navigators helped deliver successful care to diabetes patients in a Cleveland Clinic and Accenture study, suggesting the use of community-based health support systems can be both safe and effective. Click to continue »

Decision-Making, Lack of Knowledge Tank Hand Hygiene Compliance
To understand reasons for hand hygiene noncompliance, just ask noncompliant healthcare workers. Click to continue »

Study: Hot Water Unnecessary for Handwashing
While many believe hot water is more effective than cool water when it comes to handwashing, the temperature of the water used is not related to how well pathogens are eliminated during the process, according to research in the Journal of Consumer Studies. Click to continue »

20% of U.S. Hospitals Missing Critical Hand Hygiene Station
One in five U.S. healthcare facilities is missing alcohol-based hand sanitizer at some points of care, according to a study from the Columbia University School of Nursing in New York City and the World Health Organization, published in the American Journal of Infection Control. Click to continue »

5 Strategies for Extracting More Value From Patient Warming
For years hospitals have carefully managed expenses in response to various cost containment initiatives. Click to continue »

BMC Pilot Program Achieves 89% Alarm Reduction in Alarm Rates
Boston Medical Center has reduced audible alarms 89 percent after the conclusion of a six-week “no-tech” pilot program to combat alarm fatigue in a cardiac unit, according to an article published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. Click to continue »

‘Aggressive’ Care Reduces Mortality of Hip Replacement Patients Without Affecting Cost
Hip replacement patients who received “aggressive post-discharge care” from a patient-centered medical home care management model experienced reduced six-month mortality rates without increasing costs, according to a study in Patient Safety in Surgery. Click to continue »

Cardiac-Related Adverse Events Decline From 2005-2011
The occurrence of adverse events for Medicare beneficiaries admitted for heart attack or congestive heart failure decreased between 2005 to 2011, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Click to continue »

When Readmission Programs Fail, What’s Next?
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has forced hospitals to seriously reassess readmissions. Click to continue »

Patient Safety Toolkit
To supplement the material and analysis provided by Becker’s Clinical Quality and Infection Control, Becker’s Healthcare offers an online database of free and low-cost downloadable patient safety tools and resources, putting them all in one place for user convenience. Click to continue »



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