Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality

January / February Issue of Becker's Infection Control and Clinical Quality


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10 top patient safety issues for 2016
Healthcare has no doubt made giant strides in patient safety in recent years: According to an HHS report released in December, hospital-acquired condition rates dropped 17 percent from 2010 to 2014, leading to 87,000 fewer patient deaths in hospitals. Click here to Continue >>


Workplace culture proves essential to improving surgical outcomes
A hospital's safety culture — not just a surgeon's skills or the equipment available — has a measurable effect on surgical outcomes, according to a new study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. Click here to Continue >>


Are hospitals lowering readmissions or just putting more patients under observation?
Although hospital readmission rates have dropped across the country for certain conditions, an analysis of Medicare claims by The Wall Street Journal found patients reenter the hospital nearly as frequently, but under a different label: observation stays. Click here to Continue >>  Click here to Continue >>


Report: Unsafe injection practices a serious patient safety issue
More than 9 percent of primary care organizations and 10 percent of ambulatory surgery centers have deficiencies in their safe injection practices, according to the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Healthcare Institute for Quality Improvement's Quality Roadmap. Click here to Continue >>

Joint replacement surgeries on the rise in rural hospitals: Is it a patient safety issue?
Critical access hospitals across the country are performing more joint replacement surgeries now than in the past — the surgeries performed at critical access hospitals covered by Medicare rose 42.6 percent from 2008 to 2013 — which can be problematic for patient safety, according to the Wall Street Journal. Click here to Continue >>

NPSF: 8 tips to create a total systems approach to patient safety
Fifteen years after the Institute of Medicine published "To Err is Human", the National Patient Safety Foundation has published a report to address gaps left by the IOM's report and save lives. Click here to Continue >>


17-hospital study augments best practices to reduce CLABSIs in pediatric patients
Although there are widely accepted evidence-based practices for decreasing rates of central-line associated bloodstream infections, including hand hygiene, insertion techniques and root cause analysis, some practices are variable and have limited published evidence to back them up. Click here to Continue >>

C. diff infections raise hospital costs 40 percent per case and increase length of stay
Clostridium difficile infections increase hospital costs by 40 percent for each case, and also put patients at higher risk for readmission and longer lengths of stay, according to a study in the American Journal of Infection Control. Click here to Continue >>

Unconventional methods improve hand hygiene in one hospital study
There are many high-tech tools on the market designed to improve hand hygiene compliance, but one hospital was able to achieve improved compliance using less conventional methods — exposing workers and visitors to a citrusy smell and imagery of a man's staring eyes. Click here to Continue >>

Clinical workstations are overlooked during cleaning: 3 study findings
A pilot study published in the December issue of the American Journal of Infection Control shows clinical workstations within hospital intensive care units may serve as a haven for bacteria due to improper cleaning. Click here to Continue >>


California pilot project aims to cut cardiac readmissions with preemptive house calls
A pilot program involving the Glendale (Calif.) Fire Department, the University of California Los Angeles' Center for Prehospital Care and Glendale (Calif.) Adventist Medical Center is working to reduce readmissions for recently-discharged cardiac patients by paying them visits at home. Click here to Continue >>

52 hospitals with the lowest all-cause unplanned readmission rates
The following is a list of hospitals with the lowest hospitalwide, all-cause, unplanned readmission rates, according to data from CMS. Click here to Continue >>

Discharge summaries: The key to improving physician communication, reducing readmissions
Traditionally, readmissions are considered a problem for hospitals because hospitals receive the brunt of the consequences in the form of financial penalties. Click here to Continue >>

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