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2017

September 2017 Issue of Becker's Infection Control and Clinical Quality

Lucile Packard Children’s Head of Patient Experience Answers 5 Q’s on $1.1B PatientCentered Expansion;Why Hospitals Need Standards for Reporting Quality Measures: 5 Thoughts From Dr. Peter Pronovost and Colleagues ; A New Warrior in the Sepsis Fight: Dedicated Sepsis Nurses; Removing Sinks From ICU Rooms Reduces Bacterial Colonization, Study Finds; Swedish Health CEO Dr. Guy Hudson Overhauls Concurrent Surgery Policy; Poor Hand Hygiene Linked to 6 Staph Infections, 1 Death at South Carolina Pain Clinic; 3 Things Hospitals Can Do Now to Address Overlapping Surgeries; Do Cellphones in the OR Jeopardize Patient Safety? 5 Thoughts; Physicians Rarely Clean Stethoscopes Between Patients, Study Finds; Organ Procurement and Transplant Network Puts Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Transplant Program on Probation ; Infection Rates Take Center Stage in SEIU, Stanford Fight; Pro-Vaccine Messages Can Backfire, Study Finds; A New Warrior in the Sepsis Fight: Dedicated Sepsis Nurses; Even Perfect Hand Hygiene Can’t Halt MRSA Spread to NICU Babies; Most Americans Prefer Paper Towels to Air Dryers After Washing Hands; Lucile Packard Children’s Head of Patient Experience Answers 5 Q’s on $1.1B Patient-Centered Expansion; What Patients Value Most About Having Access to Provider Notes; Why Children’s Hospitals Are Getting Into Snapchat; Better Patient Experience Linked to Lower Mortality; Patients See Empathetic Physicians as More Competent; Hospital Loses Patient’s Necklace, Team Digs Through 15 Tons of Waste to Find It; The Risks, Rewards of Patients Recording Clinician Visits; 10 Steps to Create a Patient-Focused Healthcare Experience Using Technology; Do Patients Really Need to Take Their Full Course Of Antibiotics? 4 Thoughts; New Antibiotic Class Shows Promise as Possible Gonorrhea Treatment; 1 in 5 Patients Experience Adverse Events From Antibiotics; Common Household Disinfectant Linked to Antibiotic Resistance; MRSA Screening Not Linked to Prolonged Antibiotic Use; Olympus to Pay Virginia Mason $6.6M for Role in Superbug Outbreak: 7 Things to Know; C. Diff Infections More Common in Acute Than Long-Term Care Settings; Antibiotic Use to Blame Experimental Antibiotic Displays Promise for Treatment of Plague and Superbugs; Unnecessary Prescriptions Drop 8.2% Due to Antimicrobial Stewardship Program in ED; Antibiotic Stewardship Highly Effective in Reducing Drug-Resistant Bacteria, C. Diff Infections; WHO: Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea Becoming More Difficult to Treat; 6 Findings on Antibiotic Stewardship Programs at US Hospitals; CMS to Punish More Than 2.5k Hospitals for 30-Day Readmissions: 7 Things to Know; Adjusting Healthcare Performance Measures for Social Risk Factors Proves Feasible, NQF Finds; Why Hospitals Need Standards for Reporting Quality Measures: 5 Thoughts From Dr. Peter Pronovost and Colleagues; 3 Quality Measures That Most Influence Overall HCAHPS Scores;16 Large Hospitals With the Lowest C-Section Rates;Hospital Reputation Isn’t Always Reliable Indicator of Surgical Care Quality;NAHQ: 10k Professionals Now Certified in Healthcare Quality;AHA Asks CMS to Suspend Hospital Star Ratings;Readmission Penalties Have Not Harmed Patients, Study Finds;Press Ganey Releases 1st Quality Indicator to Measure Assaults on Nurses;Physicians From Lower-Tier Med Schools Prescribe More Opioids;Surgeons Shun Opioids, Turn to Tylenol and Anesthetics Instead;CDC: Physicians Prescribed 3 Times More Opioids in 2015 Than 1999;OIG: 1 in 3 Medicare Part D Beneficiaries Received Opioids in 2016;Primary Care-Focused Intervention Cuts Prescription Drug Use Among Chronic Pain Patients; Man Kills Indiana Physician Who Refused to Prescribe Wife Opioids ;How Hospitals Can Fight the Opioid Epidemic and More: 5 Qs With Former White House 'Drug Czar' Michael Botticelli Opioid Overdose Deaths Could Be Higher Than CDC Numbers Indicate, Study Finds;

 

July 2017 Issue of Becker's Infection Control and Clincal Quality

100 Patient Safety Benchmarks; Dr. Don Berwick: 5 Big Missteps on the Patient Safety Journey; What Happens When a Hospital NICU Goes Handshake-Free?; IHI’s Dr. Tejal Gandhi: ‘We Have to Address Safety With a Total Systems Approach’; Study: OR Doors Open 13.4 Times per Hour During Surgery, Raising Air Particulate Counts; Occupying C. diff-Contaminated Hospital Areas Significantly Increases Infection Risk; Researchers Tracked Germs From Day 1 at a New Hospital — Here’s What They Found; Legionnaires’ Disease is Still a ‘Widespread’ Problem for Hospitals, CDC Study Finds; CMS Memo: Hospitals Must Develop Water Management Policies to Prevent Legionnaires’ Disease; Study Links Bacterial Outbreak in Hospital NICU to Contaminated Tap Water; AORN Experts Respond to Study on Bouffant Use and SSI Rates AORN Experts Respond to Study on Bouffant Use and SSI Rates; Mandatory Use of Bouffant Caps Does Not Impact SSI Rates, Study Shows; Hot Weather Can Increase SSI Incidence by Nearly 30%; Hot or Cool: Water Temperature Does Not Impact Bacteria Removal During Hand-Washing, Study Shows; To Up Patient Compliance With Hand Hygiene, Consider Ease of Use, Study Says; The Case for Simplification: How Hospitals Can Get Clinicians Back to the Bedside; Cluster of Uncommon Superbug Strain Found in Houston; WHO Updates Guidance on ‘Last Resort’ Antibiotic Use; S. aureus Becoming More Susceptible to Antibiotics, Study Suggests; When Used Together, Otherwise Ineffective Antibiotics Can Eradicate Superbugs; Blood Cultures, Antibiotic Stewardship Lowers S. aureus Patient LOS by 3 Days; Henry Ford Health System Starts Phasing Antibiotic-Free Poultry Into Cafeterias; Unnecessary Antibiotic Use in Pediatric Care Can Be Cut Down With Enhanced Communication; Antibiotics Ineffective for Nearly 25% of Pneumonia Patients; Scientists Reengineer Vancomycin to Fight Superbugs; Antibiotics Often Avoidable for UTI Treatment, Says Johns Hopkins Physician; Opioids in America: 6 Things to Know About the Evolution of an Epidemic; How a 101-Word Letter in an Academic Journal Helped Fuel the Opioid Epidemic; HHS Makes $70M in Grants Available to Address Opioid Epidemic; 20% of Weight-Loss Surgery Patients Still on Opioids 7 Years After Surgery; Drug Users Increasingly Injecting in Hospital Bathrooms: What Hospitals Are and Aren’t Doing About It; Study: Prolonged Opioid Use is the Most Common Postsurgical Complication; Hepatitis C Infections Skyrocket; CDC Report Blames Opioid Epidemic; CDC: Hospitalizations for Heroin-Related Infections on the Rise in North Carolina;

May 2017 Issue of Becker's Infection Control and Clincal Quality

50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety | 2017; Joint Commission: Healthcare Leaders' Failure to Create Safety Culture Can Lead to Adverse Events; WHO Ranks World's 12 Most Dangerous Superbugs; Key to Safe, Patient-Centered Care? Employee Engagement, Press Ganey Says; Study: SC Hospitals See 22% Drop in Post-Surgical Deaths With Use of Checklist-Based Quality Program; CMS Wants to Make Accrediting Organization Surveys Public; Hospital Patient Mortality Drops During Joint Commission Surveys, Study Finds; Joint Commission: 10 Most Common Sentinel Events of 2016; Study: What Are the Risk Factors for SSIs Among Colon Cancer Patients?; Leapfrog Releases Calculator to Measure Lives, Money Lost to Medical Errors; To Shorten Hospital Stays and Save Money, Train Patients Before Surgery; Rebooting Patient Safety: 7 Questions With the Leaders of IHI and NPSF; Inappropriate Syringe Reuse Led to Hep C Transmission in Texas Hospital, CDC Says; New Intervention Benefits Suicidal ED Patients, Lowers Suicide Attempts; Leapfrog: Hospitals Aren’t Using Medication Safety Technology Effectively; Which Boosts Hand Hygiene Long-Term: Peer Pressure or Cash Incentives?; Study: Liquid and Foam Soap Not Created Equal; A Simple Text Message Could Up Hand Hygiene Compliance, Study Finds; Patient, Physician CoWashing May Boost Hand Hygiene Compliance; Does Music Impact Time Spent on Hand Hygiene?; Redesigned Olympus Scopes Linked to Superbug Outbreak: 7 Things to Know; Senator Asks Olympus for More Information on Outbreak Linked to Redesigned Scopes; CDC Director Calls C. auris Fungus a ‘Catastrophic Threat’; Study: Food Supply Possible Source of C. diff Infections; US Sees Growing Number of C. auris Cases: 3 Things to Know; Recurrent C. diff Infections Linked to Higher Death Rates, Research Shows; Hospital Floors Could Transmit Germs More Easily Than Previously Thought; Chlorhexidine Gluconate Baths Can Help Reduce MRSA by up to 55%, Study Shows; C. diff Carriers Who Show No Symptoms Can Up Infection Risk in Other Hospitalized Patients; Bon Secours St. Mary’s Undergoes Deep Clean After 6 Bacterial Infections; CDC Issues New SSI Prevention Guidelines: 5 Things to Know; Maple Syrup Extract Increases Antibiotic Potency; New Antibiotic Compound Proves Effective Against 2 WHO Priority Pathogens; Children’s Hospital Colorado’s New ‘Handshake Stewardship’ Program Led to 10.9% Decline in Antibiotic Use; 7 Things to Know About Inpatient, Outpatient Antibiotic Use; Komodo Dragon Blood Produces New Antibiotic Compound; Childhood Antibiotic Use Linked to Adult Inflammatory Gut Diseases in New Study; Common Antibiotic Ear Drops Up Risk of Perforated Eardrums; Antibiotics Linked to Increased Risk of Bowel Cancer; Appropriate Antimicrobial Prescribing Improves When Physician Autonomy is Preserved, Study Shows; Several Classes of Antibiotics May Up Miscarriage Risk, Study Shows; Patients More Likely to Receive Antibiotics From Mid- or Late-Career Physicians, Study Shows; 7 Findings on Leadership in Patient Experience — Top Priorities, Challenges and More; How Geisinger Uses ‘Nursing Bundles’ to Improve Patient Satisfaction: 4 Takeaways; CMS Updates Hospital Compare Data — How Many Hospitals Have 5 Stars for Patient Experience?; Nurses Sitting at the Bedside Linked to Higher Patient Experience Scores; 51 Hospitals With the Quietest Patient Rooms, as Reported by Patients; Leapfrog’s Spring Safety Grades Show Improvement: 5 Things to Know; 5 Things to Know About Healthgrades’ 2017 Patient Experience and Patient Safety Awards; Leapfrog Safety Grades Penalize Hospitals for Transparency, Study Suggests; Where Are the 10 Leapfrog F Hospitals?; The 64 Leapfrog Straight-A Hospitals; 51 Quality Measures Should Be Removed From Federal Programs, MAP Says; Dr. Peter Pronovost: This Unnecessary Regulation Doesn’t Benefit Patients and Costs $500M Each Year; VA Hospitals Outperform Non-VA Hospitals on Patient Outcome Measures; VA Makes Quality & Patient Satisfaction Scores, Wait Times Transparent; Do Higher Yelp Scores Mean Higher Quality Care?; Readmission Reduction Program Persistently Penalizes Some Hospitals, Study Finds; CMS Readmission Penalties Don’t Correlate With Outcomes, Are Unfair to Hospitals With Sicker Patients, Study Says; Hospital & Health System CNO and CMO Moves; There’s clean & then there’s Tru-D clean: The importance of a strategic plan to implement a Successful UVC Disinfection Program; Scratching below the surface: How taking a closer look at your sterilization packaging systems can increase patient safety; A recipe for SSI reduction: Bundling evidence-based interventions to lower risk, improve patient outcomes; Why daily cleaning may not be enough: Every moment counts Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue.

March 2017 Issue of Becker's Infection Control and Clincal Quality

Zero Readmission Penalties and a 5-Star Rating: What's Behind EvergreenHealth Medical Center's Success?; New Sepsis Treatment Guidelines: 5 Things to Know; 13 Hospitals Warning Patients of Heater-Cooler Infection Risks; How Combining Traditional Hand Hygiene Initiatives With High-Tech Solutions Can Improve Compliance
Bedside Hand Hygiene Improves When Extra Healthcare Workers Are Present; Rethinking Hand Hygiene: 5 Things to Know About the Little-Known World of Skin Microbiota; Peer Pressure, Fear of the Flu Can Boost Hand Hygiene: 6 Survey Findings; How to ‘Engineer’ for Patient Safety: 5 Questions With CHI CMO Dr. Robert Weil; Mandatory Flu Shot Policies May Be Based on Flawed Research, Study Suggests; Patient Safety Efforts Saved Almost 70k Lives in 2016; Environmental Cleaning Approaches for Reducing MRSA Transmission: 5 Study Insights; Accepted Endoscope Reprocessing Regimens Aren’t Always Effective, Study Shows; How Far Do Germs Travel After a Sneeze? It’s Farther Than You Think; Fujifilm to Pull 4 Older Duodenoscope Models From Use; Sepsis Causes More Readmissions Than COPD, Heart Failure, Heart Attack and Pneumonia; Experts Reveal New Information on Heater-Cooler Related Infections: 7 Things to Know; FDA: Serious Allergic Reactions Associated With Chlorhexidine Gluconate; CDC Revises Guidance on Controlling C. auris in Hospitals; 10k Patients Die Each Year Within 7 Days of Leaving a Hospital ER, Study Finds; 11 Key Infectious Disease Terms to Know; CDC: 13 People Affected by Rare Rat Virus Outbreak; 4 Things to Know About the Infection Prevention Profession; Rude Surgeons May Also Be Most Hazardous: 5 Study Findings to Know; Study: Medicare Patients Treated by Foreign-Educated Physicians Are More Likely to Survive; Poor Diagnosis of Fungal Infections Fuels Antibiotic Resistance; Support for Prescribers Reduces Unnecessary Antibiotic Use; E. coli Resistant to Last Resort Antibiotic Found in California for First Time; VA Stewardship Program Reduces Antibiotic Use, C. diff Infections, Study Shows; E. coli Can Develop Antibiotic Resistance in Just Days, Researchers Find; New Antibiotic Combinations Prove Effective Against E. coli; Routinely Prescribed Antibiotic May Not Be Best Severe C. diff Treatment; Antibiotics Primary Driver for Rise in C. diff Infections, Study Finds; When Travelers Use Antibiotics Abroad, Drug-Resistant Superbugs Can Hitchhike Home; Nevada Woman Dies of Superbug Resistant to All 26 Available Antibiotics; 2 Techniques to Reduce Antibiotic Resistance Prove Ineffective in New Study; CMS Changed Its Overall Star Rating Formula — Here’s What’s New; 5 Things to Know About Healthgrades’ 2017 Distinguished Hospital Awards; Where Are CMS’ New Overall 5-Star Hospitals?; Johns Hopkins Awarded Millions to Share Quality Methods With 750 Hospitals’ NQF Publishes Guide to Reduce Variation in Quality Measures; 50 Hospitals With Lowest Pneumonia Mortality; Quality Improvement Initiative Lowers C-Section Rates by 10%+ at Deaconess Medical Center; CDC: 6 Tactics to Help Reduce Health Disparities Among Rural Patients; Hospital & Health System CNO, CMO and Chief Quality Officer Moves Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue.

January 2017 Issue of Becker's Infection Control and Clincal Quality

10 Top Patient Safety Issues for 2017; Spotlight on the Opioid Epidemic; 105 Infection Control Products to Know; CDC’s 7 Public Health Threats in Focus for 2017; ECRI Names 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2017 — Infusion Errors, Scope Cleaning Top List; 769 Hospitals See Medicare Payments Cut Over High HAC Rates: 6 Things to Know; FDA Bans Powdered Gloves, Citing Risks to Patients and Providers; How Does Hospital Patient Room Design Affect HAI Rates?; First Cases of Deadly Fungal Infection Reported in US: 8 Things to Know; Infectious Disease Death Trends in the US: 8 Key Points; A Culture of Support: 4 Ways to Improve Hand Hygiene Compliance; National Patient Safety Efforts Save $28B, More Than 100k Lives Since 2010; New SSI Guidance Emphasizes Patients’ Role in Infection Prevention; WHO Updates SSI Prevention Guidelines: 29 Ways to Prevent Infections; Senate Committee Deems Concurrent Surgeries Unsafe, Urges Hospitals to Ban Them; 31 Low-Performing Teaching Hospitals for Central Line Infection Prevention
; Study: Overlapping Surgeries Prove Safe at Mayo; Robotic Instruments Are Nearly Impossible to Clean Completely, Study Shows; Survey Shows Poor Adherence to CLABSI Prevention Guidelines Worldwide
Soiled Linens Could be Surface C. diff Contamination Source; Community Hospitals’ Antibiotic Stewardship; Challenge: 4 Thoughts From Intermountain’s Stewardship Director; ‘Nightmare Bacteria’ Detected on US Pig Farm; CDC Publishes Antibiotic Stewardship Guidance for Outpatient Settings: 4 Core Elements; Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Detected in Polluted Air; Study Links Antibiotic Resistance With Chlorhexidine Exposure; Syphilis Resurgence Linked to Antibiotic-Resistant, Pandemic Strain ; WWI Antiseptic Could Prove Useful in Superbug Fight; Fiscal Penalties for Low-Performing Hospitals Linked to Improved Readmission Rates; Dr. Don Berwick’s 3 Thoughts on the Intersection of Care Quality & Politics; 49 Hospitals With the Lowest Readmission Rates; Female Physicians’ Patients Have Lower Death & Readmission Rates, Study Finds; Huddle Up: Why Daily Meetings Are Vital to Sustaining Quality Improvement; Leapfrog Names 2016 Top Hospitals: 7 Things to Know; Patients in Worst Hospitals 3 Times More Likely to Die, Study Concludes; CDC Director Says ‘Urgent Action is Needed’: 13 Data Points on the Opioid Epidemic; Survey: 5 Findings on Opioid Prescription Behaviors in 2016; CDC: Heroin Overdose Deaths Surpass Gun Homicides for First Time; US Sees 205% Surge in Opioid Poisoning Among Toddlers Since 1997; Overdoses, Falls Fuel Rise of Preventable Deaths by Unintentional Injury, CDC Says; US Surgeon General Issues Call to Action in Fight Against Opioid, Alcohol Abuse; Opioids May Not Help Chronic Wound Patients Heal, Study Shows; The Opioid Epidemic’s Geographic Footprint: 4 Things to Know; 1 in 3 Long-Term Opioid Users Say They’re Addicted: 3 Survey Takeaways; Treating Pain Amid the Opioid Epidemic: 4 Questions With University of Tennessee Medical Center’s CMO; Hospital & Health System CNO, CMO and Chief Quality Officer Moves Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue.

 

2016

November 2016 Issue of Becker's Infection Control and Clinical Quality

Infection Control in the US: 2016 Year in Review; Meridian Health Launches Quality Reporting Website in Name of Transparency, Improvement; Readmissions Past 7 Days May Be Out of Hospitals' Control; Community Health Workers Can Help Reduce Hospital Readmissions; Safety-Net Hospitals See Decline in Readmissions Despite Policy Challenges; Addressing 30-Day Readmissions of PCI Patients May Not Improve Mortality Rates; To Lower Readmissions, Invest in These 6 Occupational Therapy Interventions; Every State But 1 Lowered Hospital Readmissions Since 2010, CMS Data Show; Should Readmission Rates Be Used to Measure Hospital Quality? Study Casts Doubt; Through the Eyes of the Patient: Looking Beyond HCAHPS to Improve Patient Experience; Beyond Surveys: 3 Strategies to Enhance Patient Experience Measurement; Hospitals With High Patient Experience Star Ratings Don’t Have Better Outcomes, New Analysis Finds; Hospital Beds’ Antibiotic History Can Put Future Patients at Risk for C. diff; Many Superbug Deaths in US Go Uncounted: 4 Things to Know; Physicians Prescribe Wrong Antibiotics Half of the Time; Antibiotic Resistance Detected in Cluster of Gonorrhea Infections; Poultry Meat Can Spread MRSA to Humans, Study Shows; Los Angeles County Now Requires Hospitals to Report CRE Infections; UN Makes Historic Move on Antibiotic Resistance: 5 Things to Know; Are Hospital Sinks Doing More Harm Than Good? Successfully Choosing New Hand Hygiene Products: 4 Key Points; Specific Type of Heater-Cooler Linked to Life-Threatening Infections, CDC Warns: 9 Things to Know; Should Patients Fear Friday Surgeries?; Ambulances Could Be Bacterial Infection Source; Nurses’ Scrubs Likely Aid Spread of Germs to Patients, Study Finds; How Much Hand Sanitizer is Enough?; Study: Risk of Patient Identification Errors ‘Ever-Present’; Audits and Feedback or Incentives: Which Will Boost Hand Hygiene Compliance More?; Leapfrog Releases Fall Hospital Safety Grades: 5 Things to Know; Where Are the 20 Leapfrog F Hospitals?; CMS Updates Overall Star Ratings: What’s Changed?; Hospital Quality Measures Need Work: Mass General Experts Weigh In; Dr. Peter Pronovost: ‘Patients Deserve Quality Measures That Are More Science, Less Sausage-Making’; Consumer Hospital Rankings May Draw on False Data, Study Finds. Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue.

September 2016 Issue of Becker's Infection Control and Clinical Quality

Safety Stand-Down: How Borrowing a Military Practice Boosted This Hospital's Hand Hygiene Compliance to 94%; What Does It Take to Be a CMS 5-Star Hospital? Hoag Orthopedic CEO Shares His Hospital's Approach; To Target Patient Experience Improvement Efforts, Get the Patient Involved; Safeguarding the Healthcare Environment Against Clostridium difficile: Products, Protocols and Planning for the Future; How Adopting a Rigid Tray Container System Can Increase Efficiencies & Provide Patient Safety; CMS Releases Overall Hospital Star Ratings: 12 Things to Know; Where Are the 102 Hospitals That Received 5 Stars From CMS?; Where Are the Hospitals That Received 1 Star From CMS?; US News Names 20 Hospitals to Its Honor Roll: 6 Things to Know; How Did CMS Rate US News’ 20 Honor Roll Hospitals?; Hospitals Disposing of Organs, Refusing Transplants to Maintain Federal Performance Ratings; CMS Penalizes 2.6k Hospitals for High Readmissions: 5 Statistics; The 49 Hospitals Facing the Highest Readmission Penalties From Medicare; Study: Medication Reconciliation Programs Halve Hospital Readmissions — 6 Findings; Nearly 20% of Hospitalized Patients Are Released With Unstable Vital Signs; Older Patients’ Loss of Independence Linked to Higher Readmission, Death Rates; 30% of Children’s Hospital Readmissions May Be Preventable; Accidental Zika Infection at Pittsburgh Lab; Initiatives Aimed at Lowering Hospital Admissions Also Lower Readmissions, Study Finds; New App Could Lead to Big Savings by Reducing Readmissions; Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria Can Cause HAIs, but How Do They Come Into the Hospital?; 3 Ways to Get Safe Surgical Attire Protocol to Stick; Brazil Reports First Case of Superbug Resistant to Last-Resort Antibiotics; AORN Responds to ACS’ New Surgeon Dress Code Statement; American College of Surgeons Issues New Dress Code; Should Antimicrobial Curtains Be Cleaned Between Patients?; Traditional Hand Hygiene Audits Exaggerate Compliance Gap Between Nurses, Physicians; Chlorhexidine Bathing Can Reduce MRSA Acquisition in ICUs, Study Finds; Which Factor is Associated With Hand Hygiene Compliance —Age or Physician Specialty?; Is Household Decolonization of MRSA Effective?; FDA: Custom Ultrasonics’ AERs Can Be Used for Cleaning Flexible Endoscopes, But Not Duodenoscopes; Too Much of a Good Thing? Not Possible for Hand Hygiene Compliance, Study Finds; 3 Key Risk Factors for Patientto-Patient Transmission of Resistant Bacteria; 9-Step Infection Prevention Bundle Halves Spine Surgery SSIs; Ineffective Receptionists Linked With Lower Patient Satisfaction; Patient Caregivers More Critical of Hospital Experience Than Patients Themselves: 4 Takeaways; To What Extent Does Hourly Rounding Impact Patient Experience Scores?; 4 Statistics on HCAHPS Vender Use, Satisfaction; Top 55 Hospitals Patients Would Definitely Recommend. Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue.

July 2016 Issue of Becker's Infection Control and Clinical Quality

100 Patient Safety Benchmarks | 2016; Medical Errors Are No. 3 Cause of Death in the US; The Electronic Hand Hygiene Compliance System You Can Trust to Drive Clinical Outcomes; Preventable Medical Errors Are on the Decline — 4 Possible Reasons Why; Most Readmissions Aren’t Linked to Suboptimal Care, Study Finds; 74% of Physicians, Health Plan Executives Say Quality Measures Are Too Complex; CMS Officials to Hospitals: Stop Misusing HCAHPS Measures; CMS Overall Star Ratings Have ‘Several Shortcomings,’ Analysis Finds; US News Changes Quality Measurements for Upcoming Hospital Rankings: 5 Things to Know; CDC Confirms Zika Causes Microcephaly; Protecting Health Workers From Zika Transmission During Labor: 5 Things to Know; 6 Cases of Zika-Related Birth Defects Reported in US; CDC Prepared to Deploy Rapid Response Teams When Zika Becomes Transmitted Locally in US; Study Finds Zika Virus May Affect Infants Without Microcephaly; Zika May Be Transmittable Through Oral Sex; Accidental Zika Infection at Pittsburgh Lab; Boston Hospitals Report Uptick in Patients Arriving With Zika Concerns; Zika Q&A: Miami Infectious Disease Expert Shares Thoughts on the Virus; WHO Doubles Suggested Abstinence Period After Traveling to Active Zika Zones; Elizabethkingia Outbreak Update: 7 Questions With the Wisconsin Department of Health Services; Ditch the Flowers and Balloons: Why Hospitals Want Families to Leave Gifts at Home; Researchers Identify Effective New MRSA Decolonization Protocol; Gloves Transfer Bacteria Between Hospital Surfaces, Study Finds; Body-Worn Hand Hygiene System Increases Hand Decontamination; Hawthorne Effect Influences Hand Hygiene Rates, New Study Shows; Posting Gross Pictures of Bacteria at Hand-Washing Stations Increases Compliance; Where is the Sink? Poor Location Contributes to Low Hand Hygiene Compliance; Which Factor is Associated With Hand Hygiene Compliance —Age or Physician Specialty?; Medical Errors Are No. 3 Cause of Death in the US; Here Are the Conditions That Kill Most Americans, According to the CDC; CDC Warns US Hospitals of Emerging, Deadly Yeast Infection: 7 Things to Know; Central Line Infection Prevention Bundle Reduces CLABSIs Among Newborns; Hospital Worker Cellphones Are Hotbeds for Fungus, Study Finds; IDSA Updates Guidance for Invasive Mold Infections: 5 Things to Know; Hospitals Need to Step Up Cellphone Cleaning Protocol, Study Finds; FDA, CDC Warn Hospitals of Multistate Burkholderia Bacteria Outbreak; 20% of Hospitals Don’t Have a Policy to Handle ‘Never Events’; National Collaboration Shows Promise for CAUTI Reduction; Clostridium difficile: Is PCR Too Sensitive?; CMS’ Proposed Rule for Hospitals: Reduce Antibiotic Use or Exit Medicare; Antibiotic Stewardship Programs at VA Facilities: 6 Things to Know; NQF, CDC Release Practical Antibiotic Stewardship Playbook: 6 Things to Know; Study: Antibiotic Stewardship Programs Linked to Lower Antibiotic Use, Fewer Infections; Untreatable Superbug Makes Its Way to US for First Time: 6 Things to Know; Colistin-Resistant E. coli is Carried by Seagulls, Researchers Suggest; Pond-Dwelling Virus May Combat Antibiotic Resistance; With New Incentives, Pharma Ramping Up Antibiotic Development; 4 Takeaways From CDC Health Alert on Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs; It May be Safe for Physicians to Prescribe Fewer Antibiotics, Researchers Say. Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue.

May / June 2016 Issue of Becker's Infection Control and Clinical Quality

50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety; Joint Commission, NQF Announce Eisenberg Patient Safety & Quality Award Winners;A Portrait of Patient Safety Leadership: Dr. Ronald Wyatt, Joint Commission's New Patient Safety Officer; The Role of Nurses in Triple Aim; CDC’s 3-Step Hand-Washing Technique or WHO’s 6-Step Technique: Which is Most Effective?; Is it Possible to Truly Observe Compliance to WHO’s 5 Moments of Hand Hygiene?; Quality Improvement, Hand Hygiene Initiatives Needed in Outpatient Settings, Study Finds; Hand Hygiene-Related Screen Savers May Boost Compliance: 5 Study Findings; Good Hand Hygiene Key in Slowing Down Antibiotic Resistance; Nurses Face Far More Hand Hygiene Opportunities Than Physicians, Study Finds; Patients Transfer MDROs to Post-Acute Facilities Via Their Hands; Why Every Surface Matters: The Importance of Total Room Disinfection; ECRI Institute’s 10 Top Patient Safety Concerns; Researchers Say Current Hepatitis C Testing Guidelines Overlook Many Cases; WHO Issues New Hepatitis C Infection Treatment Guidelines; 65 Top Hospitals for Physician Communication; The Chronic Problem of Communication: Why It’s a Patient Safety Issue and How Hospitals Can Address It; Consumer Reports Ranks Hospitals on C-Sections, Finds 60% Miss National Mark; Care Quality and Clinical Outcomes Vary Considerably for Colonoscopies; Where Are the 15 Leapfrog F hospitals?; A Grades Up, F Grades Down in Updated Leapfrog Hospital Safety Scores: 5 Things to Know; Senior Patients Frequently Prescribed Inappropriate Drugs Upon Discharge; 4 Factors That Empower Employees to Speak Up About Safety Culture;Reducing Healthcare Associated Infections Makes Good Sense: Medically and Financially; These 7 Surgical Procedures Account for Most Complications, Deaths and Costs; NIH Program Seeks to Reduce Health Disparities in Surgical Outcomes; Surgery Program Directors Say Flexible Hours for Residents Improve Education, Patient Safety; AORN Campaign Aims to ‘Clear’ Hazardous Smoke From ORs; Study Finds Surgeon Skill Doesn’t Affect Long-Term Outcomes of Bariatric Surgery; Hypothermia During Surgery Associated With Greater Infection Risk; Patients Undergoing Bladder Cancer Surgery are at Major Risk for Blood Clots, Study Finds; Feds Seek Information on Concurrent Surgeries at 20 Medical Facilities: 6 Things to Know; New Guidelines Say Surgeons Should Inform Patients of Concurrent Procedures; 2 New Jersey Hospitals Unite Against C. diff; 10 States Making the Most Progress in the Fight Against HAIs; UTI Intervention Remains Successful for 8 Years, Study Finds; 5 Highlights From the CDC’s Annual HAI Progress Report;C. diff Transmission in Hospitalized Patients, Asymptomatic Carriers and Community Sources; Research Reveals C. diff is More Common in Community Than Previously Realized; Central Line Care Maintenance Bundle Improves Catheter Dressing Care, Study Finds; MRSA Antibiotic Susceptibility Changing in Pediatric Patients, Study Finds; Research Says Skin Tests to Predict Allergies to Antibiotics are Ineffective; Refining Data Capture Techniques to Enhance Efficiency, Patient Safety; CMS 5-Star Hospitals Have Lower Mortality and Readmission Rates, Study Finds; Study Suggests Yelp can Supplement the Federal Government’s Survey of Patients’ Hospital Experiences; CMS Delays Overall Hospital Star Ratings Release: 4 Things to Know; Experts Suggest 3 Ways the US Can Improve Healthcare Quality Measurement; The Evolution of the CXO: 5 Findings; 10 Hospitals Getting the Most Positive Buzz on Twitter; The Persistence of CIED Infections: A Progress Report on Improving Outcomes and Lowering Costs. Click here to view the featured stories and download a pdf of the issue.

March / April 2016 Issue of Becker's Infection Control and Clinical Quality

Nurses — The closest thing to a silver bullet in boosting hand hygiene compliance; Checking in after an outbreak: Q&A with Dr. Andrew Ross on how Virginia Mason overhauled its medical scope reprocessing practices; 5 thing to know about communication errors, nurses and patient safety; 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.

January / February 2016 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.

2015

November / December 2015 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 2015 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 2015 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 2015 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 2015 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 2015 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.

2014

November/December 2014 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 2014 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 

2013

September/October 2013 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 2013 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 2013 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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