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  1. 10 clinical research findings to know this week

    Here are 10 articles on medical research study findings from the week of June 29.  By Shannon Barnet -
  2. 10 things to know about infection preventionists' careers, responsibilities and more

    The Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology has published the results of its 2014 practice analysis on infection preventionists and infection control practitioners in the American Journal of Infection Control.  By Shannon Barnet -
  3. APIC offers virtual education course on using data effectively

    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology is offering a six-week, virtual instructor-led class that will focuses on how infection preventionists can create, manipulate and present data to optimally support their facilities' improvement efforts.  By Shannon Barnet -

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  1. Eliminating emotional harm for patients: 5 takeaways

    A recent BMJ Quality & Safety article suggests emotional harm from disrespect in healthcare settings is a "neglected preventable [patient] harm" that should be addressed with the upmost importance.  By Shannon Barnet -
  2. How Sutter Health is working to prevent sepsis

    Sacramento, Calif.-based Sutter Health has a systemwide initiative to improve early detection of sepsis and sepsis treatment, according to a Lake County News report. By Heather Punke -
  3. 2 suspected cholera cases in Utah: 5 things to know about the illness

    The Salt Lake County Health Department has sent tests to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as two people in Utah may have cholera, according to a report from The Salt Lake Tribune. If confirmed, these would be the first cholera cases in Utah since 1993, according to the report. By Heather Punke -
  4. 3 hospitals chosen to form National Ebola Treatment & Education Center

    HHS has funded three hospitals to train and prepare other U.S. healthcare facilities for Ebola and other emerging threats. The three hospitals, together with the HHS' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will be the National Ebola Training and Education Center. By Heather Punke -

Hardwiring flow for competitive performance

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  1. TB discovery could help curb antibiotic resistance: 5 things to know

    Although active tuberculosis only develops in about one in 10 cases, some estimates suggest that the bacteria lie dormant in up to one-third of the world's population. With concerns over antibiotic resistance growing, new plans of attack are valuable tools to keep infection-causing bacteria guessing.  By Max Green -
  2. 3 thoughts on nationwide quality improvement from CMS' Dr. Patrick Conway

    Patrick Conway, MD, serves as the acting principal deputy administrator and deputy administrator for innovation and quality for CMS, as well as serving as the agency's CMO. In a recent Q&A with QIO News, he touched on accomplishments made in health quality improvement, what successes Quality Improvement Organizations have made and what the future holds, among other topics.  By Heather Punke -
  3. Copper surfaces can destroy norovirus, study finds

    Metal alloys with copper can destroy human norovirus, according to a study in Applied and Environmental Microbiology. By Heather Punke -
  4. Repeated antibiotic courses can alter childhood development, study shows

    Not only can overuse of common antibiotics contribute to the growing level of antibiotic resistance, it can also have a significant effect on childhood development, according to a recent study published in Nature Communications. By Heather Punke -
  1. 2 new Ebola cases reported in Liberia, ending country's Ebola-free status

    At least two new cases of Ebola have emerged in Liberia more than a month after the West African country was declared to be free of the virus by the World Health Organization May 9, according to the New York Times.  By Shannon Barnet -
  2. California Gov. signs bill to limit vaccine exemptions in schools

    California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday limiting school vaccine exemptions to medical reasons, meaning children will no longer be able to skip vaccinations if their parents' have religious or personal objections.  By Shannon Barnet -
  3. USMD Hospital at Arlington names new CNO

    Irving, Texas-based, physician-led integrated healthcare system USMD Holdings has named Laurie Lewis, RN, as the new CNO of the USMD Hospital at Arlington, Texas.  By Shannon Barnet -
  4. 53 hospitals with the lowest 30-day heart failure readmission rates

    The following is a list of hospitals with the lowest 30-day readmission rates from heart failure, according to data from CMS.  By Shannon Barnet -
  5. Opinion: Compensate providers for engaging in end-of-life conversations with patients

    When asked, most people say they want to spend their final days comfortable, in their own homes surrounded by family and friends, wrote Sen. Bill Frist, MD, in an opinion piece on Forbes. Yet, as a heart surgeon, Dr. Frist said he witnessed patients undergo aggressive, late-stage medical interventions that only prolonged the inevitable and left patients hooked up to machines in hospitals, rather than opting for the type of end-of-life care most of them would likely prefer.  By Max Green -
  6. What makes an 'ideal' Chief Quality Officer?

    In many healthcare organizations, quality-related functions fall under the umbrella of the chief clinical officer or are spread out among other qualified clinicians or executives. Increasingly, however, the industry is witnessing the growth of the chief quality officer role.  By Shannon Barnet -
  7. IOM releases new report on improving cardiac arrest survival: 8 recommendations

    The Institute of Medicine has released a new report on how to improve survival from cardiac arrest, a leading cause of death worldwide.  By Shannon Barnet -
  8. How hospitals use big data to improve quality, outcomes: 3 takeaways

    With more than 5 million patients a year entering intensive care units, researchers are investigating news ways to use vast amounts of ICU data to help providers and patients achieve better outcomes, according to The Wall Street Journal.  By Shannon Barnet -
  9. 10 most read infection control stories in June

    A transplant program put on probation, the merits of Magnet designation and the key components of a post-discharge care model are just a few of the topics that piqued the interest of Becker's Infection control & Clinical Quality readers in June. By Heather Punke -

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