Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality

Written by Staff | September 05, 2017 | Print  |

November 2017 Issue of Quality and Infection Control

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What Patients Really Want Physicians to Do After a Medical Error 
After a medical error leads to a serious injury, patients and family members want physicians to better communicate the hospital's efforts to prevent a similar error from occurring again, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Click here to continue>>

CMS' 'Meaningful Measures' Initiative Seeks to Curb Burden of Quality Reporting
CMS on Monday unveiled the "Meaningful Measures" initiative, which aims to reduce the regulatory hurdles associated with quality reporting. Click here to continue>>

Patient Safety Issues Rarely Spur Joint Commission to Withdraw Seal of Approval 
The Joint Commission seldom revokes its seal of approval for hospitals who do not comply with Medicare regulations, according to The Wall Street Journal. Click here to continue>>


Hershey Medical Center Cited for Care Delays That Contributed to 2 Patient Deaths 
State health officials recently issued five citations against Penn State Health's Milton S. Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center over delayed care for three patients, two of which later died, according to a report from Lebanon Daily News. Click here to continue>>

The 2 Most Effective Operating Room Practices to Reduce SSIs 
Prioritizing patient skin and wound hygiene, and tracking and reporting patient outcomes are the most effective operating room practices to reduce surgical site infections, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. Click here to continue>>

Brigham and Women's Mandatory Flu Shot Policy Prompts Nursing Suit
A union representing nurses at Boston-based Brigham and Women's Hospital is standing up against the facility's new policy mandating flu vaccines for employees, reports The Boston Globe. Click here to continue>>

SSI Risk 50% Higher in Patients With Recorded Penicillin Allergy 
Surgical patients with a documented allergy to penicillin face a significantly higher risk of developing surgical site infections than patients with no recorded penicillin allergy, according to a study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases. Click here to continue>>

Can Boosting Patient Hand Hygiene Impact C. Diff Infection Rates? 
A study, published in the American Journal of Infection Control, examined whether patient hand hygiene affected incidence of Clostridium difficile infection in a hospital setting. Click here to continue>>

Study: Statins Reduce Risk of Bloodstream Infections 27% 
Patients who take statins for heart disease prevention have a 27 percent reduced risk of experiencing a Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infection outside the hospital setting, according to a study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Click here to continue>>

How Drones Could Improve Neonatal Infection Control 
Researchers from the University of South Australia are studying the use of drones to remotely measure patients' vital signals, according to The Lead. Click here to continue>>

How Liquid, Gel and Foam Stack Up for Alcohol-Based Hand Rubs
A study, published in the Journal of Hospital Infection, examined if there is any difference in efficacy between hand rubs containing alcohols that are in liquid, gel or foam form. Click here to continue>>

CDC: 'Dangerous Minority' of Providers Engage in Unsafe Injection Practices 
A study, published in the American Journal of Infection Control, examined provider knowledge, attitudes and practices related to unsafe injection practices. Click here to continue>>

California Hospital Fined $40k After Physician Left Patient Mid-Hysterectomy
California public health officials on Thursday fined St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka $40,000 after discovering a physician left a patient in the middle of a hysterectomy to perform an emergency cesarean section in 2014, according to the Eureka Times Standard. Click here to continue>>


Every Extra Patient on a Nurse's Caseload Increases Mortality Risk 7% 
Low nurse staffing levels may cause higher patient mortality rates, according to a study published in the International Journal of Nursing Studies. Click here to continue>>

Positive Mood on Day of Flu Shot May Boost Viral Protection 
Older patients who are in a good mood when they receive a flu shot are likely to display higher levels of antibodies in the weeks following vaccination than their grumpier counterparts, according to a study published in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity. Click here to continue>>

Bedford VA Medical Center Under Investigation After Patient Died While Nurse Aide Played Video Games
Federal officials are investigating care lapses at Bedford (Mass.) VA Medical Center that may have contributed to the 2016 death of a patient, reports The Boston Globe. Click here to continue>>

Intermountain Hospital Now Screens All Mothers for Emotional Wellness Before Discharge
Intermountain Healthcare's Utah Valley Hospital in Provo now conducts an emotional wellness screening on every woman who gives birth at the hospital prior to discharge. Click here to continue>>

CNAs Often Fail to Swap Out Contaminated Medical Gloves, Study Finds 
Certified nursing assistants frequently exhibit inappropriate glove use in long-term care facilities, which can put patients at risk of infection, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control. Click here to continue>>

Study: 4 in 10 Healthcare Professionals Work With Flu-Like Symptoms
About 40 percent of healthcare professionals go to work with influenza-like symptoms, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control. Click here to continue>>

Study: Patients Feeling Intimidated During Physician Visits May Act Like Hostages 
Fearful or confused patients may feel helpless and like they are negotiating for their healthcare, similar to how a hostage would feel, according to a recent study.Click here to continue>>

Patients' Perception of Hospital Food Influenced by Ordering, Delivery Experience 
Patients' perceptions of hospital food quality are strongly influenced by the meal ordering and delivery process, according to research conducted by Press Ganey on behalf of Compass One Healthcare. Click here to continue>>

Sepsis Initiatives May Hinder Antibiotic Stewardship, Boost C. Diff Rates 
Sepsis screening and treatment protocols in healthcare settings may inadvertently cause increased antibiotic use and Clostridium difficile infection rates, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control. Click here to continue>>

Viewpoint: Pressure to Reduce Readmissions Can Hinder Care Quality, Patient Safety 
While CMS' Hospital Readmission Reduction Program successfully reduces readmissions, the program may also produce unintended care consequences that threaten patient safety, according to an op-ed published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Click here to continue>>



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