May/June 2014 Issue of Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality


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50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety — 2014
The following is a list of 50 experts leading the field of patient safety.  Click to Continue»

Should Providers Be Obligated to Involve Patients in HAI Prevention?
While the majority of healthcare-associated infection prevention is carried out by healthcare workers, it may be unethical to not present patients with enough information so they may participate in HAI-prevention efforts, should they choose to do so, according to an article published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. Click to continue »

How a No-Nonsense Hospital CEO Reached the Target of Zero Infections
My mother Mary, a little Italian woman as tall as she is wide, always used to tell me how she hated hospitals because they just made people sicker. Click to continue »

Proper Training Necessary for Effective Surgical Safety Checklist Use
A recent study in Ontario, Canada, found surgical safety checklists may not be as effective in improving quality outcomes as previously believed, according to research published in New England Journal of Medicine. Click to continue »

More Contact Precautions Do Not Lead to Better Infection Control Practices, Study Shows
Increases in contact isolation do not have corresponding increases in isolation practice compliance among healthcare workers, according to a study published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. Click to continue »

7 Core Elements of Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a guide for improving antimicrobial stewardship programs in healthcare settings. Click to continue »

NAP1 Strain of C. diff Linked to Highest Mortality
The fluoroquinolone-resistant North American pulsed-field gel electrophoresis type 1 strain of Clostridium difficile was found to be linked to greater odds of adverse events, according to a study in Clinical Infectious Diseases. Click to continue »

Stethoscopes: New Culprit in MRSA Transmission
Stethoscopes may be the next target for cracking down on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Click to continue »

Study: Healthcare Professionals' Definitions of 'Multidrug-Resistant' Vary
When it comes to describing multidrug-resistant organisms, healthcare workers can't seem to agree on a definition, according to research published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. Click to continue »

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics: Vaccinating Away MRSA
The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is on the forefront of biomedical research that could change the future of infection control and clinical quality in hospitals and healthcare systems. Click to continue »

How Common are HAIs? 17 Statistics on HAI Incidences in 2011
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released its most up-to-date report on healthcare-associated infection estimates from 2011. The report was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Click to continue »

Most Common Healthcare-Associated Infections: 25 Bacteria, Viruses Causing HAIs
Healthcare-associated infections continue  to trouble the healthcare industry. Click to continue »

To Improve HCAHPS, Achieve Alignment
All hospitals value patients and want to make them happy. Click to continue »

Study: Patients With More Health Information Give Higher HCAHPS Scores
Providing patients with understandable information about their conditions or procedures may affect their perception of care quality as reflected in HCAHPS scores. Click to continue »

Producing Peace of Mind: How Hospitals Can Identify and Reduce Patient Suffering
Last week, Thomas Lee, MD, who practices primary care at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, saw a patient for a follow-up appointment after surgery. Click to continue »

10 Most Popular Hand Hygiene Tools Available Online
To supplement the material and analysis provided by Becker's Clinical Quality and Infection Control, Becker's Healthcare offers an online database of free and low-cost downloadable patient safety tools and resources, putting them all in one place for user convenience. Click to continue »


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