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The Good and Bad about Hospital Acquired Conditions

The Good & Bad about HAIsThe federal government announced in December 2014 that American hospitals are getting safer.

The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) reported a 17 percent drop in patient infections and medical errors from 2010 to 2013, and estimated that 50,000 deaths were averted over that span.  Hospital Acquired Conditions (HACs) fell from 145 per thousand discharges to 121 per thousand, thus saving $12 billion.

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Sylvia Burwell, said that the data represent “significant progress on improving the quality of care that patients receive while spending our health care dollars more wisely.”  To read this article, ‘Hospitals Make Unprecedented Strides in Patient Safety,’ click here.

Left unsaid was that H&HS originally set a goal of reducing HACs by 40 percent by the end of 2013, with 60 thousand fewer deaths, 1.8 million fewer harms and $35 billion in savings.

That’s good news!

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Hospital Infection Control, Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

Operational Visibility: Second Line of Defense Against Infection

Patient sitting aloneNow more than ever, U.S hospitals need a second line of defense against the spread of infection.

Before Ebola became a household word in the U.S., we knew the spread of Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) was a major problem. Progress has been made.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Hand Hygiene, Hospital Infection Control

Make Every Day Handwashing Day

Make Every Day Handwashing DayOur mothers always reminded us to wash our hands because of a simple truth that’s known around the world: handwashing helps prevent the spread of disease.

This October 15th – “Global Handwashing Day” – is a great time to take stock of that fact, especially as the world stares at the threat of an Ebola pandemic.

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Categories: Author: Jon Poshywak, Hand Hygiene, Hospital Infection Control, Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

TeleTracking Safeguards against HAIs and Ebola

TeleTracking Safeguards Against EbolaAbove all else, the well-being of TeleTracking’s clients and the patients they care for comes first.

TeleTracking believes that caregivers are at their best when they’re in a position to provide care as effectively and efficiently as possible.

And, that includes providing the appropriate visibility and safeguards to help prevent the spread of hospital acquired infections (HAIs).

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Disaster Preparedness, Hospital Infection Control

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

TeleTracking Offers Hand Hygiene Monitoring Technology

hand hygiene blogThe costs are staggering.

Each year, hospital infections could claim up to 100,000 lives and cost hospitals $45 billion. Yet, studies repeatedly show that, without encouragement, hospital workers may only wash their hands once out of every three times they interact with patients.

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Categories: Author: Jon Poshywak, Hand Hygiene, Hospital Infection Control, Patient Safety, Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

How RTLS Can Help Prevent a Rolling Hospital Acquired Infection Epidemic

RTLS-prevent-rolling-infection-epidemic (250x242)We’ve suggested before in this column that, in the search for a magic bullet for infection control, some things are being overlooked.

For example, there are probably more than 5,000 mobile medical devices rolling around in a typical 300 bed hospital every day.  These are the IV pumps, telemetry units, even wheel chairs and gurneys that are so commonplace they often don’t get the disinfection they need to protect patients.

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Categories: Author: Jon Poshywak, Hospital Infection Control, Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

Indiana Hospitals Shoot for No. 1 in Patient Safety Nationally

number-1-patient-safety (250x250)“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”   –Yogi Berra

Although he has a funny way of saying it, Yogi Berra, the baseball legend and dugout philosopher, knows the importance of goals.

So does Douglas Leonard. And he has set a noble one. As president of the Indiana Hospital Association, he wants Indiana to become the safest state in America for hospital care. That means that Indiana Hospitals are shooting to be number one nationally in patient safety.

Why so high?

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Hospital Infection Control, Patient Safety, Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

6 Simple Ways to Cut Hospital Acquired Infection Rate

Hospital Acquired InfectionsJoint Commission, College of Surgeons project cuts surgical site infections over 30 percent.

It’s clear that hospital workers who don’t wash their hands before interacting with patients can contribute to hospital acquired infections and poor patient outcomes. The Joint Commission and the American College of Surgeons know hand washing is so critical to curtailing infection they now recommend placing hand sanitizers right on the patient’s bed.

That’s one of the strategies to come out of a joint research project which reduced colorectal surgical-site infections (SSIs) by 32% and saved $3.7 million at seven large hospitals.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Hand Hygiene, Hospital Infection Control

ED Hallway Boarding Victims and Hospital Infection

ED Hallway BoardingWe all knew hallway boarding was bad for patients. Now we know a little more about why. It has to do with hospital infection.

A study at Brigham and Women’s Hospital showed emergency room caregivers were least likely to practice good hand hygiene when tending to hallway patients. The study, which was the  largest ever focused on ED hand hygiene, supports studies in Ireland which said boarding was another way hospital infection was spread.

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Categories: Hospital Infection Control, Overcrowding, Patient Flow