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  1. 20 hospitals with great hand hygiene programs

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly one in 25 patients will contract a healthcare-associated infection. Physicians and healthcare workers, however, have the ability to reduce the number of HAIs by adhering to basic hand hygiene protocols.  By Shannon Barnet and Tamara Rosin -
  2. Non-ventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia: Are you addressing the hidden issue affecting more patients at a greater cost than VAP?

    This content is sponsored by Sage Products  By Staff -
  3. Just 30% of HIV-positive Americans have virus in check

    Only one in three Americans living with HIV had their virus under control in 2011, and about two-thirds of those people had been diagnosed but were no longer receiving care, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By Heather Punke -

Socioeconomic factors and readmissions

In this podcast, David Foster and Brian Waterman of Truven Health discuss socioeconomic factors related to readmissions, and how access to data can help achieve and maintain organization-wide improvements.
  1. Is Mayo Clinic still patient-centered? Staff expresses concerns

    Members of Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic have expressed concern the giant, world-renown health system is straying from its patient-first philosophy to one focused on efficiency and productivity, according to a column in the Post-Bulletin. By Heather Punke -
  2. ECRI: Top 10 technology patient safety hazards

    Several facets of health IT have a positive impact on patient outcomes, like automated reminders that improve medication adherence. But other technologies could actually have an adverse effect on patient safety. By Heather Punke -
  3. Ebola PPE demand is high; US spend complicates issue

    Demand for personal protective equipment, worn by those treating Ebola patients around the world, is at an all-time high, with manufacturers struggling to meet demand, according to a Wall Street Journal report. By Heather Punke -
  4. Readmission rate poor indicator of hospital quality, study finds

    Although an increased emphasis is placed on hospital readmission rates, a new study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons suggests this metric is not an adequate indicator of a hospital's overall performance. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  1. Merck to buy rights to NewLink's Ebola vaccine

    Pharmaceutical giant Merck announced it will buy the global commercial rights to NewLink Genetics Corp.'s experimental Ebola vaccine for $50 million, according to a CBC report. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  2. Physicians rarely apologize after patient adverse events, survey finds

    Most patients who experience an adverse event in the hospital receive neither an acknowledgment of the incident nor an apology from the physician, according to a study based on a ProPublica survey and published in the Journal of Patient Safety. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  3. How to achieve reliable care for every patient, every time

    In a Nov. 18 webinar hosted by Becker's Hospital Review, clinicians from Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pa., and experts from xG Health Solutions shared details about ProvenCare┬«, which helps provider organizations drive outcomes and reduce readmissions through quality and standardization. By Heather Punke -
  4. Study: Access to healthcare doesn't improve chronic conditions

    Although many uninsured patients have gained access to health coverage, those with chronic diseases have been relatively unaffected, according to study site in a Boston Business Journal report.  By Shannon Barnet -
  1. Boulder Community Health responds to waiting room patient safety concerns

    Boulder (Colo.) Community Health has assembled a team to address concerns from patients about contracting communicable diseases in the waiting area of its east Boulder campus, according to a Daily Camera report. By Heather Punke -
  2. HHS, APIC, SHEA name Partnership in Prevention Award winner

    In recognition of its efforts to eliminate healthcare-associated infections, the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington has been awarded the 2014 Partnership in Prevention Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. By Heather Punke -
  3. Top 10 infection control stories, Nov. 17-21

    The following are the 10 most-read infection control and clinical quality articles from Becker's Hospital Review for the week of Nov. 17, starting with the most popular. By Heather Punke -
  4. Wikipedia: The next tool for forecasting, monitoring infectious disease outbreaks?

    Freely available data sources, namely Wikipedia, can be effective in predicting and surveying infectious disease outbreaks, according to a study in PLOS Computational Biology. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  5. Global HAI market: 5 things to know

    Healthcare-associated infections are a serious threat to patient safety, identified as one of the leading causes of death among hospitalized patients. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  6. Madagascar hit with plague outbreak

    The World Health Organization reports Madagascar is dealing with an outbreak of the plague. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  7. GAO: CMS failing to make healthcare costs, quality transparent

    Despite the federal government's initiative to increase transparency surrounding healthcare costs and quality information, the Government Accountability Office released a report saying CMS is failing to do so. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  8. New tool helps hospitals identify local flu outbreaks

    A team from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore has created a new algorithm that signals when flu transmission is rising and helps public health officials and hospitals declare the start of flu season. By Heather Punke -
  9. Hand dryers vs. paper towels: New study ends debate

    Hand dryers spread much more bacteria than paper towels in a public bathroom setting, according to research from the University of Leeds. By Heather Punke -

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