Past Issues - Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality


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

Nurses — The closest thing to a silver bullet in boosting hand hygiene compliance; The eyes have it: Using visual stimuli boosts hand hygiene compliance; Compliance falls shortest on WHO's fifth moment of hand hygiene: 3 study findings; Memorial Hermann reduces HAIs with hand hygiene tool; Flashing lights improve hand hygiene compliance, study finds; Putting hand sanitizer in high-traffic areas ups use 528%; Are hand dryers doing more harm than good? 5 things to know; 5 thing to know about communication errors, nurses and patient safety; High nurse staffing ratios linked with reduced patient mortality: 3 study findings; Less than 20% of nurses comply with standard precautions for infection prevention; Magnet-recognized hospitals for nursing have better surgical outcomes; Evidence-based healthcare: Not a top priority for hospitals, survey of nurses finds; Combat UV light disinfection misconceptions with just one step; 4 key elements of early sepsis recognition and response; Predictive preventive model reduces C. diff cases in ICU: 3 study findings; Can chlorhexidine wipes prevent drug-resistant HAIs in the ICU?; Sepsis redefined: JAMA articles update guidance for the first time since 2001; How clean is clean-shaven? Study finds beardless healthcare workers carry more bacteria on their faces; Major C. diff hospital collaboration reduces infections by 36 percent; Checking in after an outbreak: Q&A with Dr. Andrew Ross on how Virginia Mason overhauled its medical scope reprocessing practices; 6 best practices from AORN's forthcoming endoscope reprocessing guidelines; Rigid containers vs. wrapped instrument trays: Which offers better protection from bacteria?;  4 strategies to prevent unintended retention of foreign objects; Dr. Peter Pronovost: 9 necessary patient safety growth areas; Top 10 sentinel events in 2015; What can hospitals do to take a stand against antibiotic resistance? Inside the University of Chicago Medical Center's stewardship program; CDC, American College of Physicians issue new guidelines on antibiotic prescription; Behavioral 'nudges' help reduce antibiotic prescriptions among physicians; VA leads the way in antibiotic stewardship efforts: 5 things to know; Serving antibiotic-free meat proves difficult for some hospitals; Research highlights how antibiotics enable C. diff infections; Antiseptic baths in ICUs shown to not increase drug-resistance in MRSA; 7 recent hospital and health system CNO, CMO moves; Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue.


November / December Issue of Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality

Infection control in the US: 2015 year in review; 3 CMOs, CQOs on the 'biggest win' for patients this year; Hand hygiene in 2015: 7 findings; Get away from the 'fluff' and 3 other thoughts on improving patient experience; 10 most common patient complaints, grievances with hospitals; Geisinger to begin offering refunds to unsatisfied patients; Number of 5-star hospitals decreases dramatically in CMS Hospital Compare update; 1 in 6 patients choose a one-star hospital: 6 new findings from Healthgrades; Trading in pens and paper for a 21st century hand hygiene monitoring system; Which advertising strategy prompts hand hygiene compliance most?;Hospital finds hand hygiene compliance goes up after eliminating mandatory glove use; 3 findings on how hand hygiene signage influences patient perception; Combating sepsis with real-time intelligence; Medication errors occur in half of all surgeries: 7 study findings; Despite limited resources, hospitals make antibiotic stewardship program headway: 7 survey findings; Researchers discover way to treat wound infections without antibiotics; 5 essential components of a successful antibiotic stewardship program; Scientists urge hospitals to purchase antibiotic-free meat only; 3 elements every C. diff management approach should include; Ebola preparedness still lags, despite apparent confidence boost among US hospitals; Launderable mattress covers reduce C. diff infections in study: 5 things to know; How 2 Hospitals Used Pulsed Xenon UV Disinfection to Slash HAI Rates; Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue.

September / October Issue of Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality

What Leads to High HCAHPS Scores? Survey Uncovers Best Practices From HighPerforming Hospitals; 45 Hospitals with the Quietest Patient Rooms; How Atlantic Health Created a Healing Culture, Improved Patient Experience; How Improving Sterile Supply Management in the OR can Reduce Infections and Readmissionsand Readmissions; Child HCAHPS Now Available to Measure Pediatric Patient Experience; How 3 Hospitals are Addressing Patients’ Noise Complaints; Number of 5-Star Hospitals Increases in CMS’ Hospital Compare Data Update; How Can Changes Made in the OR Positively Affect Patient Satisfaction?; 10 Things to Know About the Jefferson College of Population Health; Who is Overseeing Population Health Management? 3 Things to Know; Focusing Population Health Efforts to Build Future Value: 5 Steps; Preventing Patient Infections: Common CHG Bathing Questions, Answered; How St. Luke’s Boise Successfully Switched Cleaners, Lowered C. Diff Rates; Researchers Debunk Myth About the Most Severe C. Diff Strain; Which 9 Hospitals Reported Zero C. Diff and MSRA Infections?; Respiratory Infections May Spread Via Personal Clothing, Study Finds; CDC Report Outlines New Approach for HAI Reduction; 10 Interesting Developments in Hand Hygiene; Hand Sanitizer Use: What Spots are Missed Most Often by Healthcare Workers?; Your Mobile Phone May Be ‘Patient Zero’ for Hospital Infections; Cleveland Clinic Calls Out Infection Control Risk of Germy Cell Phones; Most Healthcare Workers Improperly Remove Protective Equipment; Women Outdo Men in Workplace Hand Hygiene; Probiotics Could Prevent Fatal Sepsis, Other Infections: 7 Study Findings; New Algorithm Can Help Detect Sepsis Faster; Research Links Liver to Pneumonia, Sepsis Susceptibility; 7 Latest Patient Safety Tools; Hospital & Health System CMO, CNO and Chief Quality Officer Moves; Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue.

July/August Issue of Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality

100 Patient Safety Benchmarks | 2015; Beyond the Burning Platform: A Recipe for Continuous Quality Improvement; What Makes an ‘Ideal’ Chief Quality Officer?; How Improving Sterile Supply Management in the OR can Reduce Infections and Readmissions and ; Are Patient Satisfaction Surveys Doing More Harm Than Good?; New Online Benchmarking Engine Allows Hospitals to Compare Themselves to PeersPeers; Quality Improvement Efforts Reduce Malpractice Claims, Researchers Find; Don’t Wait for Chance: 5 Steps to Purposefully Make Innovative Ideas Work; ‘More Hands on Deck, More Often’ may not Improve Quality of Care, Study Suggests; Top 45 Hospitals Patients Would ‘Definitely’ Recommend; Infection Prevention and Housekeeping: A Collaboration of Equals;Presurgical MRSA Screening Can Help Decrease SSIs, Study Finds; SSI Risk Factors: 3 Main Categories; As Temperatures Rise in the Summer, So Do Common SSIs; Physicians, Nurses Disagree on When to Test for C. diff: 11 Risk Factors; Where are C. diff Rates Highest in the US?; Does Product Placement in the ED Influence Hand Hygiene Performance? 6 Study Findings6 Study Findings; 1 in 4 Hospitals Need to Improve Hand Hygiene Practices, Says Leapfrog: 5 Report Findings; Which States’ Hospitals Have the Best, Worst Hand Hygiene Practices?; Gamification Yields ‘Significant Improvement’ in Nurse Hand Hygiene Compliance; Automated Training System Improves Hand Hygiene Technique, but Not Compliance; 9 Hospitals Named Regional Ebola, Other Special Pathogen Treatment Centers; 11 Patient Safety Tools Published in 2015; UV Light Disinfection: Combat 4 Misconceptions With 1 Step; Hospital & Health System CMO, CNO and Chief Quality Officer Moves; Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue.

May/June Issue of Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality

50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient; How the VA, HCA  Dramatically Reduced MRSA Infections; Zero Injuries From  Patient Falls: One  Hospital Demonstrates How It’s Possible; Hospital & Health System CMO, CNO & Chief Quality Officer Moves; Remedy From Ancient Textbook Could Cure MRSA, Scientists Find; Cigarette Smoke Makes MRSA More Aggressive, Study Finds; SHEA Updates Hospital Visitor Recommendations to Limit Spread of Disease; Dogs Rule, and Other Infection Control Guidance for Animal Visits to Hospitals; Study Uncovers 3 Main Risk Factors for CAUTIs; A Better Prescription for Minimizing HAIs: 8 Components of High-Performing Infection Prevention and Control Programs; Patient Engagement in HAI Reduction Strategies: 3 Takeaways; 8 Ways to Prevent Duodenoscope Infections; Just Because You are Using a Disinfectant Doesn’t Mean You are Disinfecting: The Business Case for Improving Infection Prevention; How One Product Can Help Sterile Processing Departments Achieve Efficiency; Which States Have the Most CMS 5-Star Hospitals?; 7 Procedures Where Patient Safety Events Occur Most Often; Trends in Patient Experience Scores: 5 Takeaways; 5 Ways Hospitals Can Combat the ‘Weekend Effect’; Risk of Patient Harm in Hospitals Spikes on the Weekends; 4 Common Surgical Attire Safety Issues; Hand Hygiene Compliance Lags in Hospital Reception Areas, Study Finds; Direct Observation Dramatically Boosts Hand Hygiene Compliance; Study: Following the Hand Hygiene Leader; Handwashing Among Healthcare Workers Leads to Rise in Dermatitis; Hand Hygiene Compliance Can Cause Dermatitis: 5 Tips to Avoid It; 10 Most Popular Patient Safety Tools; Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue.

March/April Issue of Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality

Hand Hygiene Compliance: An Internationally Shared Mission; How to Prioritize Patient-Centeredness: Q&A With Planetree’s Dr. Susan Frampton; Hand Hygiene in 2015: Embrace the New Number; Hospital & Health System CMO, CNO & Chief Quality Officer Moves; What Causes Hand Hygiene Noncompliance? 24 Issues; Vibrating Badges Remind Clinicians to Wash Hands; Target Specific Noncompliance Issues to Improve Hand Hygiene Adherence; Hand Hygiene Adherence Extremely Low in the OR; Face Touching is a Habit: Raise Awareness to Raise Hand Hygiene Compliance; Care Coordination and Technology: The Keys to Improving Post-Discharge Care;5 Important Patient Safety Supplies for Hospitals; 5 Ways to Prevent Infection Spread in Waiting Rooms; 10 Recommendations on How to Increase Transparency, Improve Patient Safety; How to Safely Reprocess Scopes Tied to CRE Infections: Experts Weigh In; Executive Briefing: How to Quell the Rising Trend of CIED Infections; 10 Popular Hand Hygiene Tools; Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue.

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

10 Top Paitent Safety Issues for 2015; Taking Hand Hygiene High-Tech; Employee Rights vs. Patient Safety: Balancing Mandatory Flu Shots; ECRI Institute: Top 10 Technology Patient Safety Hazards; Patient Harms Fall 17% Since 2010: Are Federal Incentives Working?; The 5 Most-Reduced Patient Harm Events; 790 Hospitals Earn "A" Patient Safety Grades From Leapfrog; Physicians Rarely Apologize After Patient Adverse Events, Survey Finds; 721 Hospitals Penalized by Medicare for High Hospital-Acquired Conditions Rates; 10 States Hit Hardest by Medicare Hospital Infection Fines; What Drives a Patient to Report a Medical Error?; AORN's New Surgical Attire Reccomended Practices: 5 Points to Know; Bridging the Gap: Establishing UV Claims for Emerging Pathogens; How Should Hospitals Disinfect Bedside Electronics; Hand Dryers vs Paper Towels: Study Ends Debate; 7 Ways to Improve Hand Hygiene, From Hospial Managers; 4 Areas to Focus on for Improved Hand Hygiene; 'Self-Cleaning' Surface Technology Reduces HAIs; FDA Approves New Antibiotic; Disinfectant Caps Lower CLABSI Cases and Costs; The 5 Most Prepared for Infectious Disease Outbreaks; Infection Control in the US: 2014 Year in Review; Patient Safety Toolkit; Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue.


November/December Issue of Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality

The Current State of Antibiotic Resistance; 20 Hospitals with Great Hand Hygiene Program; 10 Statistics on Patient Safety Culture; Taking the OR from Good to Great; 100 Infection Control Products to Know;Top 10 Sentinel Events in 2014; Jazz Music: The New Post-Op Pain Management Treatment?; Are you addressing the hidden issue affecting more patients at a greater cost than VAP?; Patient Safety Toolkit; Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue


September/October Issue of Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality

Bringing Nurses Back to the Bedside: How Novant Health Tripled Direct Patient Care Time; Are You Misuing the Term ‘Population Health?’; Inside the One C. Diff Vaccine Focusing on Prevention, Not Treatment; 10 Expert-Recommended Hand Hygiene Practices; MRSA-Fighting Drug Approved by FDA; Updated Guidelines for Skin, Soft Tissue Infections; Clinical App Provides Antimicrobial Usage Guidelines at Point of Care; Hospital Elevator Buttons More Germy Than Bathrooms; How one facility improved hand hygiene compliance 50%; 36 Approaches to Reducing 9 Common Medical Errors; A New Soldier in the War Against HAIs: UV Robots; 13 Most Common Healthcare-Associated Infections; 20 patient safety tools; Why One Hospital Thanks the Ritz-Carlton for Low Readmission Rates; Study: 40% of Critical Information Omitted During Morning Handovers; Which Cities Have the Highest Hospital Readmission Rates?; Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue


July 2014 Issue of Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality

100 Patient Safety Benchmarks — 2014; Advocate Health Care’s 5 Keys to Patient Safety; CHE Trinity Health’s 4 Steps to Implementing Evidence-Based Guidelines; The ‘Surgical Home’ Solution:Facing Increasing Penalties, ORs Seek a Comprehensive Approach to Quality Improvement; Improving Health Outcomes at Cedars-Sinai; Experts Update CAUTI Prevention & Treatment Guidelines; The 4 Characteristics of a Strong Safety Culture; 50 Statistics on State CAUTI Rates; What Areas is Healthcare Quality Improving? Worsening? 10 quality measures on the rise, and eight on the decline; 11 Tips for Reducing SSIs; Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue


May/June 2014 Issue of Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality
50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety — 2014; Should Providers Be Obligated to Involve Patients in HAI Prevention?; How a No-Nonsense Hospital CEO Reached the Target of Zero Infections; Proper Training Necessary for Effective Surgical Safety Checklist Use; More Contact Precautions Do Not Lead to Better Infection Control Practices; 7 Core Elements of Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs; NAP1 Strain of C. diff Linked to Highest Mortality; Stethoscopes: New Culprit in MRSA Transmission; Study: Healthcare Professionals' Definitions of 'Multidrug-Resistant' Vary; University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics: Vaccinating Away MRSA; How Common are HAIs? 17 Statistics on HAI Incidences in 2011; Most Common Healthcare-Associated Infections: 25 Bacteria, Viruses Causing HAIs; To Improve HCAHPS, Achieve Alignment; Study: Patients With More Health Information Give Higher HCAHPS Scores; Producing Peace of Mind: How Hospitals Can Identify and Reduce Patient Suffering; 10 Most Popular Hand Hygiene Tools Available Online; Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue 


March/ April 2014 Issue of Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality

The Road to Eliminating HAIs: Hand Hygiene Improvement at Cedars-Sinai; Tackling Diabetes Management at Catholic Health Partners; High-Price Doesn’t Mean High-Quality for Hospitals; Patient Navigators Facilitate Successful Chronic Care, Study Finds; Decision-Making, Lack of Knowledge Tank Hand Hygiene Compliance; Study: Hot Water Unnecessary for Handwashing; 20% of U.S. Hospitals Missing Critical Hand Hygiene Station:  5 Strategies for Extracting More Value From Patient Warming; BMC Pilot Program Achieves 89% Alarm Reduction in Alarm Rates; ‘Aggressive’ Care Reduces Mortality of Hip Replacement Patients Without Affecting Cost; Cardiac-Related Adverse Events Decline From 2005-2011; When Readmission Programs Fail, What’s Next?; Patient Safety Toolkit; Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue 

January/ February 2014 Issue of Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality

Top 10 Patient Safety Issues for 2014; Reducing Readmissions: How a MacArthur ‘Genius’ is Revolutionizing Care in One of the Most Dangerous Towns in America; 5 Joint Commission Hospital Accreditation Survey Mistakes to Avoid; Study: Medical Error Deaths 4.5 Times More Likely Than IOM Estimate; Limited Research Need Not Deter From Involving Patients in Hand Hygiene; Study: Financial Incentives Boost Hand Hygiene Compliance; Study: MRSA Screening Lacks Evidence; 11 Barriers to Hand Hygiene Compliance; Study: Don’t Wash Hands Before Donning Gloves; Study: Obesity Linked to C. diff Infection Risk; 24% of Healthcare Workers Carry C. diff on Hands After Disinfecting; Study: 57% of Hospitalists Forgot About a Catheter; Putting the “E” in HygiEne; Implementing and Sustaining Best Practices in Mobile Equipment Disinfection; 7 Ideas for Improving Sepsis Management; Patient Safety Toolkit; A Look Inside the One of the Country’s Safest Hospitals; Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue 



September/October Issue of Becker's Clinical Quality and Infection Control

100 Patient Safety Benchmarks; 9 Best Practices for Implementing Evidence-Based Guidelines; 4 Tips to Implement a Transparent Medical Error Disclosure Policy; 9 Best Practices for Implementing Evidence-Based Guidelines; Letting Physicians Take the Lead: Q&A With Scripps Health CMO Dr. James LaBelle; A Revenue Leak Soon Turns to Flood: How Payment Penalties for High Infection Rates Could Drain Hospital Finances; 5 Strategies to Combat Antibiotic- Resistant Bacteria; Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue

May Issue of Becker's Clinical Quality and Infection Control

50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety; How Can Healthcare Organizations Measure “Soft” Aspects of Patient Safety?; Turning Healthcare in to a High Reliability Industry: Memorial Hermann Shares 5 Steps; The U.S. Health Disadvantage: A Crisis That We Must Address Together Today; Patient Experience Roundtable: Raising and Maintaining Patient Satisfaction; The Secret to Better Infection Control Compliance: Move Beyond Secret Shoppers; Study: Hand Hygiene Poster Increased Likelihood of Washing Hands; 13 Practical Steps to Prevent HAIs; Report: U.S. Made Little Progress on Readmission Rates 2008-2010; Study: Income Inequality Linked to Higher Readmissions; Avoidable Readmissions by Numbers: 8 Statistics; Palliative Care: Why It Has Become a Growing Specialty Within Hospital; Top 10 Most Common Sentinel Events; Top 58 Hospitals Patients Rated 9 or 10 in HCAHPS  Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue    


February Issue of Becker's Clinical Quality and Infection Control

10 Top Patient Safety Issues for 2013; 5 Tips on Engaging Physicians in Major Process Changes; 10 Guiding Principles for Patient-Centered Care; Turning Heart Failure Into Heart Success: Transitioning CHF Patients to Home; Study: Wide Variation in Implementation of Strategies to Reduce Readmissions; Study Finds Social Factors Linked to Hospital Readmissions, Mortality; How Health Systems Can Create a Robust, Enterprise-Wide Patient Safety Program; Report: Top Academic Medical Centers Have High Variation in Care Practices; Study: Higher Patient Satisfaction is Linked to Lower Hospital Readmissions; The Joint Commission to Add 2 Medical/Surgical Hospital Requirements; CMS to Develop Survey on Patient Experience in the ED; Study: 37% of Physicians Give in to Patients’ Demands for Brand-Name Drugs; Study: Surgery Generally More Cost-Effective Than Radiation for Prostate Cancer; Surgeons Make Preventable Mistakes 4,000 Times a Year, Study Says; Hospital Cleaning Protocol Has Limited Effect on Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria; 6 Risk Factors for Central Venous Catheter-Related Blood Stream Infections; Strategies to Prevent Multidrug-Resistant Organism Outbreaks; Study: 26% of C. Diff Patients Received Only Unnecessary Antimicrobials; 7 Hospital and Health System CEOs: What Disruptive Innovation Means to Me; Which Hospital Markets Had the Best 2013 Value-Based Purchasing Results?; 3 Simple Ways Hospitals Can Engage Patients in Their Care; Population Health Management is a Two-Way Street: Encouraging Patient Engagement; Database of Downloadable Safety and Quality Tools & Resources Now Available; 51 Hospitals With the Lowest 30-Day Mortality Rates For Pneumonia; Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue

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