September Issue of Becker's Infection Control and Clinical Quality

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September Quality


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What Leads to High HCAHPS Scores? Survey Uncovers Best Practices From HighPerforming Hospitals
Simple practices, like proactive rounds by nurses and hospital leaders alike, are some of the best things hospitals can do to have a positive effect on their patient satisfaction survey scores, according to research out of Johns Hopkins. Click here to Continue >>

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45 Hospitals with the Quietest Patient Rooms
The following is a list of hospitals for which 89 percent or more of patients reported that the area around their room was “always” quiet at night on their HCAHPS survey. Click here to Continue >>

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How Atlantic Health Created a Healing Culture, Improved Patient Experience
The addition of four simple words to Atlantic Health System’s mission statement did more than just make the mission statement longer: It sparked a change that ultimately improved the patient and staff experience. Click here to Continue >>


Patient Experience 

How Improving Sterile Supply Management in the OR can Reduce Infections and Readmissionsand Readmissions
Improving sterile supply management is one way hospitals can reduce the risk of infections and infection-related readmissions for their patients. Click here to Continue >>


Quality Improvement

Child HCAHPS Now Available to Measure Pediatric Patient Experience 
While the HCAHPS survey is useful to collect and evaluate information on patient experience among adult hospitalized patients, the healthcare industry had been lacking a similar tool to measure information on children’s hospital experiences. Click here to Continue >>

How 3 Hospitals are Addressing Patients’ Noise Complaints 
HCAHPS surveys measuring patient experience ask patients directly how quiet their rooms were at night during their stay, prompting many hospitals to tackle this issue head-on with programs designed to provide patients a quieter, more restful environment during their hospitalization. Click here to Continue >>

Number of 5-Star Hospitals Increases in CMS’ Hospital Compare Data Update 
CMS updated the data in Hospital Compare in July, and the number of hospitals that received the coveted five-star summary rating based on their patient satisfaction scores has increased. Click here to Continue >>


Execuive Briefing

How Can Changes Made in the OR Positively Affect Patient Satisfaction?
At every patient care touchpoint, healthcare providers have an opportunity to improve the patient experience and boost satisfaction. Click here to Continue >>


Population Health 

10 Things to Know About the Jefferson College of Population Health
Philadelphia is a city of beginnings. Not only is it considered the birthplace of American democracy, but it is also the location of the nation’s first and only college devoted to the study of population health. Click here to Continue >>

Who is Overseeing Population Health Management? 3 Things to Know 
More and more, hospitals are reporting a strong or total commitment to improving population health, a goal that requires infrastructure and resources. Click here to Continue >>

Focusing Population Health Efforts to Build Future Value: 5 Steps 
Tackling population health is an immense goal, so provider networks should focus their initial efforts on near-term goals, according to tips published in an issue of the Kurt Salmon Review, the publication of the global management consulting firm Kurt Salmon. Click here to Continue >>


Execuive Briefing

How Can Changes Made in the OR Positively Affect Patient Satisfaction?
At every patient care touchpoint, healthcare providers have an opportunity to improve the patient experience and boost satisfaction. Click here to Continue >>


Population Health 

10 Things to Know About the Jefferson College of Population Health
Philadelphia is a city of beginnings. Not only is it considered the birthplace of American democracy, but it is also the location of the nation’s first and only college devoted to the study of population health. Click here to Continue >>

Who is Overseeing Population Health Management? 3 Things to Know 
More and more, hospitals are reporting a strong or total commitment to improving population health, a goal that requires infrastructure and resources. Click here to Continue >>

Focusing Population Health Efforts to Build Future Value: 5 Steps 
Tackling population health is an immense goal, so provider networks should focus their initial efforts on near-term goals, according to tips published in an issue of the Kurt Salmon Review, the publication of the global management consulting firm Kurt Salmon. Click here to Continue >>


Execuive Briefing

Preventing Patient Infections: Common CHG Bathing Questions, Answered
Surgical site infections, central line-associated bloodstream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections and ventilator-associated pneumonia — what do they have in common? Click here to Continue >>


Infection Control and Hand Hygiene

How St. Luke’s Boise Successfully Switched Cleaners, Lowered C. Diff Rates 
Clostridium difficile is a chronic problem throughout the healthcare industry, as nearly 500,000 Americans get a C. diff infection each year even though this infection is generally preventable. Click here to Continue >>

Researchers Debunk Myth About the Most Severe C. Diff Strain
Researchers recently conducted a multicenter observational cohort study to examine the condition severity and the clinical outcomes of patients with different Clostridium difficile strains. Click here to Continue >>

Which 9 Hospitals Reported Zero C. Diff and MSRA Infections?
Nine hospitals in the U.S. reported no Clostridium difficile infections and no methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections between October 2013 and September 2014. Click here to Continue >>

Respiratory Infections May Spread Via Personal Clothing, Study Finds 
Clothes worn by caregivers and people who are visiting infants in the neonatal intensive care unit may carry and spread respiratory infections in the NICU, according to recent research being presented at the International Conference on Emerging and Infectious Diseases. Click here to Continue >>

CDC Report Outlines New Approach for HAI Reduction 
That is the number of hospital-acquired infection cases that could be averted in the next five years by following a coordinated, two-part approach, according to a new CDC-led report. Click here to Continue >>

10 Interesting Developments in Hand Hygiene 
IIt’s no secret that hand hygiene compliance rates in healthcare are abysmally low; a study published in the American Journal of Medical Quality in 2009 suggests hand hygiene occurs at or below 50 percent compliance for both ICUs and non-ICUs in the U.S. Click here to Continue >>

Hand Sanitizer Use: What Spots are Missed Most Often by Healthcare Workers? 
Healthcare workers can follow all of the World Health Organization’s recommended hand hygiene steps for using alcohol-based hand rub, but still make mistakes and miss some areas of their hands, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control. Click here to Continue >>

Your Mobile Phone May Be ‘Patient Zero’ for Hospital Infections
Infection preventionists, hospital staff and clinicians search high and low for weak spots in hospital-setting disinfection and cleanliness, but may need to focus more on what’s in their own pockets, according to new research. Click here to Continue >>

Cleveland Clinic Calls Out Infection Control Risk of Germy Cell Phones 
Physicians, nurses and other caregivers are constantly thinking about infection risks and keeping a clean environment for patients — and, like most people, are likely to use cell phones on a daily basis. Click here to Continue >>

Most Healthcare Workers Improperly Remove Protective Equipment 
Most healthcare workers are not taking proper precautions to remove personal protective equipment correctly, which increases the risk of spreading infectious pathogens, according to a report published in the American Journal of Infection Control. Click here to Continue >>

Women Outdo Men in Workplace Hand Hygiene
Nearly half of men report seeing other men leave the workplace restroom without washing their hands, according to a survey, while about one-third of women attested to seeing the same thing. Click here to Continue >>

Probiotics Could Prevent Fatal Sepsis, Other Infections: 7 Study Findings
Burn patients and those undergoing treatment for other types of trauma may benefit from including probiotics, or live beneficial bacteria, as a component of treatment, according to research from Loyola University’s Chicago Health Sciences Division. Click here to Continue >>


Sepsis

New Algorithm Can Help Detect Sepsis Faster 
A computer algorithm developed by researchers from Johns Hopkins in Baltimore could correctly predict septic shock in 85 percent of cases without increasing the number of false positives, according to a study published in Science Translational Medicine. Click here to Continue >>

Research Links Liver to Pneumonia, Sepsis Susceptibility 
For the first time, researchers have revealed a direct link between liver-produced molecules and pneumonia susceptibility during sepsis. Click here to Continue >>


7 Latest Patient Safety Tools
To supplement the material and analysis provided by Becker’s Infection Control & Clinical Quality, 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 here to Continue >>

Hospital & Health System CMO, CNO and Chief Quality Officer Moves
Houston-based Harris Health System chose Parikshet A. Babber, MD, as its executive vice president and CMO. Click here to Continue >>

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