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  1. Study: CMS hospital infection data confuses patients

    The complex healthcare-acquired infection data CMS provides to help patients choose hospitals confuses them more than it helps them, according to an Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology study.  By Max Green -
  2. 53 hospitals with the lowest heart attack mortality rates

    The following is a list of hospitals with the lowest 30-day mortality rates from heart attack, according to data from CMS.  By Shannon Barnet -
  3. Tackling sepsis: Deriving best practices to meet the CMS early measure bundle

    Sepsis is an increasingly dangerous and costly problem to hospitals. Affecting more than 1 million Americans per year, sepsis accounts for 40 percent of ICU spend. When combined with pneumonia, it is the third largest consumer of Medicare. Healthcare professionals are familiar with the statistics — what they lack is an effective solution for controlling and reducing the condition. By Tamara Rosin -

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  1. 7 New Jersey hospitals with the cleanest rooms, as reported by patients

    The following is a list of hospitals in New Jersey for which 75 percent or more of patients reported that their room and bathroom were "always" clean on their HCAHPS surveys. By Heather Punke -
  2. Top 10 infection control stories, November 16-20

    Joint Commission's Top Performers program, hand hygiene findings and an FDA recall of scope-cleaning machines piqued the interest of clinical quality and infection control readers last week. By Heather Punke -
  3. Healthcare workers support empowering patients to prevent HAIs, study finds

    Any efforts aimed at promoting safety and preventing healthcare-associated infections should involve all stakeholders, including patients, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Infection Control.  By Shannon Barnet -
  4. Khloé Kardashian contracts staph infection, possibly while visiting hospital

    Television personality Khloé Kardashian has been diagnosed with a staph infection, and a source told PEOPLE Magazine that she developed in the infection while visiting her husband, former professional basketball player Lamar Odom, in the hospital.  By Shannon Barnet -

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  1. Protecting patients through the surface: Incorporating antimicrobial surfaces into infection-prevention strategies

    Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), many of which are caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, impact one in 25 patients – approximately 722,000 people – and cost the industry between $36 and $45 billion each year. Health systems also need to work to avoid ACA provisions that financially penalize hospitals with high infection rates. Additionally, many states have legislation that mandates public reporting of HAIs, which can and has impacted patient decisions through tools like Medicare's "Hospital Compare."  By Lise Moloney, director of business, healthcare, Sciessent -
  2. Trading in pens and paper for a 21st century hand hygiene monitoring system

    Compliance with hand hygiene guidelines is of utmost importance when it comes to infection control and preventing deadly and costly healthcare associated infections. By Heather Punke -
  3. 5 clinical research findings to know this week

    Here are five articles on medical research study findings from the week of Nov. 16.  By Shannon Barnet -
  4. Patient safety tool: AHRQ's guide to reduce CAUTIs

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a new catheter-associated urinary tract infections prevention toolkit. By Heather Punke -
  1. 10 states with the highest share of Joint Commission Top Performer hospitals

    There are 10 states in the U.S. in which 40 percent or more of hospitals earned the Joint Commission's Top Performer status, according to "America's Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety: The Joint Commission's Annual Report 2015."  By Shannon Barnet -
  2. AMA President says increasing bureaucracy threatens care quality

    During the opening session of the 2015 AMA Interim Meeting, AMA President Steven J. Stack, MD, discussed the current state of healthcare in the U.S. and how the moments physicians spend with patients truly matter.  By Shannon Barnet -
  3. CDC, Vermont Oxford Network join forces against antibiotic overuse, misuse

    Researchers have found a superbug resistant to all antibiotic treatments, including "last resort" drugs, according to a report from The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Findings like this have accelerated efforts to form a united front against the spread of antibiotic resistance, called a "global threat" by researchers worldwide. The CDC and the Burlington-based Vermont Oxford Network are the latest to announce an initiative to fight antibiotic resistance.  By Max Green -
  4. Most US children don't receive all ACIP-recommended vaccine doses: 3 study findings

    A new study by RTI Health Solutions has revealed roughly one third (34 percent) of children in the United States do not receive all doses of vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices by age 2.  By Shannon Barnet -
  5. Patient safety tool: APIC fliers show proper use of procedure masks, N95 respirators

    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology has released two fliers demonstrating to "dos" and "don'ts" of using procedure masks and N95 respirators, according to Safety + Health, the official magazine of the National Safety Council Congress and Exposition.  By Shannon Barnet -
  6. Healthmark releases new silicone heat gloves

    Healthmark Industries has introduced the reusable Silicone Heat Glove — which is suitable for reprocessing up to 273 degrees Fahrenheit — into its instrument care glove line. By Staff -
  7. NPSF welcomes new member to its Patient Safety Coalition

    PeraHealth, a real-time clinical surveillance solutions provider, has just joined the National Patient Safety Foundation's Patient Safety Coalition.  By Shannon Barnet -
  8. Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association launches patient safety scorecard

    Thanks to a new interactive online scorecard that features patient safety records, residents of Virginia can now check how their state's hospitals rank in quality and safety, according to a report from The Daily Progress.  By Shannon Barnet -
  9. Survey evaluates postsurgery prescription drug use among women: 3 findings

    A recent survey conducted by Pacira Pharmaceuticals and HealthyWomen, a nonprofit health information source for women, reveals many women used opioids or narcotics following a surgery, despite knowing the risk of addiction.  By Shannon Barnet -

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