Today's Top 20 Clinical Leadership & Infection Control Articles
  • How UCSF is bringing families into care conversations

    Transparency is key when it comes to connecting family members and caregivers – there has a been an increase in attention towards new communication tools that give families visibility into inpatients’ health status without adding stress to care teams or interrupting their workflow. 
  • How the contrast dye shortage is hindering cancer, heart care 

    Many hospitals across the nation are postponing scans used to diagnose cancer and other diseases due to the shortage of a contrast dye produced in Shanghai, The New York Times reported May 26. 
  • CMS boosts oversight of hospitals with COVID-19 outbreaks

    CMS is investigating hospitals in which a high number of patients likely contracted COVID-19 while seeking care, part of an effort to increase oversight since relaunching routine inspections last year, Politico reported May 26.
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  • CDC plans to revise hospitals' COVID-19 data reports

    The CDC will likely stop collecting hospitals' data on suspected cases of COVID-19 that have not been confirmed by tests, Bloomberg reported May 26.
  • How a layered approach to disinfection can help organizations ensure a clean environment

    Becker’s Healthcare recently spoke with Alice Brewer, director of clinical affairs for Tru-D SmartUVC, and Debra Hagberg, director of clinical affairs for PDI Healthcare, about what hospitals can do to bring their cleaning and disinfection protocols in line with best practices. Their observations suggest healthcare may be at the threshold of a new era for disinfection techniques.
  • The journey to zero harm in the OR: Insights and best practices from Cleveland Clinic

    High-reliability health systems operate under the premise that humans are fallible and errors are unavoidable, even in the best organizations. To support the journey to zero harm, healthcare leaders create systematic solutions by using safety processes and integrative technologies in tandem.
  • 8 systems seeking chief quality officers 

    ​​Below are eight hospitals, health systems or hospital operators that have recently posted job listings seeking chief quality officers.
  • Leapfrog to CMS: Don't suppress hospital safety data

    The Leapfrog Group is urging CMS to scrap a proposal that would end public reporting of data on serious medical and surgical complications that occur in U.S. hospitals. 
  • 2 new findings on treating long COVID-19 symptoms

    Vaccination protection from long COVID-19 and the use of a popular heart failure drug to treat symptoms have been the focus of two recent publications.
  • 216 unusual hepatitis cases under review in US

    The CDC is investigating 216 reports of unusual hepatitis cases among children in the U.S. as of May 25. 
  • 226 monkeypox cases reported in 21 countries: 6 updates

    Officials in 21 countries have confirmed 226 cases of monkeypox, according to a May 25 report from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. 
  • 10 states projected to see largest COVID-19 case jumps by Memorial Day

    South Carolina will see the greatest increase in its COVID-19 case rate of any U.S. state by Memorial Day, according to forecasts from Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic. 
  • Hospital infection rates rose and fell with COVID-19 surges in 2021: 5 findings

    Healthcare-associated infection rates fluctuated in conjunction with COVID-19 hospitalization trends in 2021, hitting a new high in the third quarter as the delta variant swept the country, according to a study published May 20 in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.
  • 1 in 5 COVID-19 survivors may have long COVID: CDC 

    One in 5 adult COVID-19 survivors between the ages of 18 and 64 has experienced at least one health condition that could be considered long COVID-19, a May 24 study from the CDC found.
  • US has a new dominant COVID-19 strain

    A highly contagious sublineage of the BA.2 omicron subvariant is now the nation's dominant strain, according to the CDC's latest variant proportion estimates. 
  • 12 hospitals hiring chief medical officers

    Below are 12 hospitals, health systems or hospital operators that posted job listings seeking chief medical officers in the last two weeks.
  • Nurses raise $38K to cover RaDonda Vaught's board fees

    Nurses and other supporters raised more than $38,000 in two days to cover RaDonda Vaught's administrative fees from the Tennessee Board of Nursing, according to NewsChannel 5 Nashville. 
  • CDC expands monkeypox investigation in US: 7 updates

    The CDC is investigating four cases of monkeypox in the U.S. as of May 23.
  • Births up for 1st time since 2014: CDC

    The number of births in the United States increased by 1 percent from 2020 to 2021, marking the first increase to the number in seven years, according to provisional data published by the CDC. 
  • 5 recent moves from nurses unions 

    As labor shortages persist throughout the country, nurses unions have taken more action to support nursing staff.

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