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CEOs Say Operational Efficiency is Key to Hospital Survival

Operation Efficiency is Key to SurvivalHospital CEOs say operational efficiency will be the key to their organizations’ survival as hospital reimbursement moves from a volume model to a value model.

Treating more patients with fewer resources will require innovative strategies to reduce waste and improve safety.

Those were among the results of a recent hospital CEO survey by the American Hospital Association (AHA) published in the April 2014 issue of Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Operational Efficiency, Patient Flow

Celebrate National Healthcare Technology Management Week 2014

HTM WeekThis is “Healthcare Technology Management Week 2014!”  It’s time to again recognize the people behind the scenes who keep our hospitals running.

Ensuring the safety and availability of life-saving technologies, various biomedical equipment technicians (BMETs), clinical engineers, and other healthcare technology professionals are responsible for servicing, maintaining, and managing healthcare technologies for hospitals and other healthcare facilities, manufacturers, and third-party service organizations around the world.

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Categories: Author: Jon Poshywak, Healthcare Technology Management Week

Infection Tragedy Reminds Us to Involve Employees in Hospital Infection Control

Infection Tragedy Reminds Us to Involve All Employees in Infection ControlThe May 2014 issue of the Pediatrics Infectious Disease Journal is shedding new light on the tragic deaths of five young children at New Orleans Children’s Hospital in 2008 and 2009 following their contraction of a fungal infection spread by contaminated linens. This should remind us that no precaution should be overlooked in the fight against infection and that no hospital is immune.

The children, all of whom contracted cutaneous Mucormycosis within an 11-month period, were in different wards throughout the hospital.  The flesh-eating infection they acquired was caused by a fungi typically found on plants and certain animal parasites.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Hospital Infection Control

National Nurses Week 2014: Honoring ‘Nurses Leading the Way’

Florence NightingaleNational Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.  Florence Nightingale, a nurse, spent her night rounds giving personal care to the wounded, establishing her image as the ‘Lady with the Lamp.’  Florence Nightingale was born in Florence, Italy, on May 12, 1820.  During the Crimean War, she and a team of nurses improved the unsanitary conditions at a British base hospital, reducing the death count by two-thirds.  Her writings sparked worldwide health care reform.  In 1860 she established St. Thomas’ Hospital and the Nightingale Training School for Nurses. Although she died August 13, 1910, in London, her legacy continues.

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Categories: Author: Nanne Finis, National Nurses Week, Nurses Week

Clinical Integration: Effectively Teaming Across the Continuum

Clinical IntegrationClinical Integration:  Effectively Teaming Across the Continuum,” the third and final of the three-part webinar series TeleTracking is offering with The Joint Commission, will be held on Friday, May 9, 2014 at 11 am (ET).

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, The Joint Commission