Patient Safety

  • Clinicians Share VAP Prevention Strategies
    Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) accounts for as much as 15 percent of all hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) and approximately 27 percent of all infections acquired in the intensive care unit (ICU). The primary risk factor for the development of hospital-associated ...More
    January 21, 2010 Posted in Articles
  • Joint Commission Annual Report Shows Gains in Patient-Care Quality
    Accredited hospitals in America have steadily improved the quality of patient care over a seven-year period, saving lives and improving the health of thousands of patients, according to the Joint Commission’s latest annual report. The report, “Improving ...More
    January 14, 2010 Posted in News
  • Sepsis Campaign Improving Treatment of Major Killer
    A reduction in hospital mortality from severe sepsis and septic shock was associated with participation in the Surviving Sepsis Campaign performance improvement initiative, according to an article published simultaneously in the February issues of Critical Care Medicine and ...More
    January 13, 2010 Posted in News
  • AORN Hires New Segment Manager for Healthcare Organizations
    The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), announces today that Justin Raschke has joined the organization as segment manager for healthcare organizations.  In this newly created position, he will report to Fred Perner, vice president of segments, and ...More
    December 22, 2009 Posted in News
  • Improved Patient Safety and Reduced Infection Rates: An Imperative in 2010
    2010 may be known as the year of renewed patient safety efforts, at least if Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, FCCM, professor at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine, has anything to say about it. He is part of the Quality and Safety Research Group at Johns Hopkins, a ...More
    December 18, 2009 Posted in Articles
  • In the Aftermath of 2008 CMS Rule, Hospitals Seek to Prevent Infections, Retain Reimbursement
    It has been about 14 months since a new directive from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) went into effect Oct. 1, 2008, essentially declaring that Medicare will no longer reimburse hospitals for extra costs related to certain infections acquired during a ...More
    December 18, 2009 Posted in Articles
  • New Joint Commission Project Tackles Handwashing Missteps
    The Joint Commission recently launched the Center for Transforming Healthcare, an entity that involves teaming with hospitals and health systems nationwide to measure and practice methods that aim to stop breakdowns in patient care, such as wrong-site surgery and improper ...More
    December 16, 2009 Posted in Articles, Hand Hygiene
  • Cardinal Health, Patient Safety Technologies Enter into Agreement for Surgicount Surgical Safety Products
    Cardinal Health and Patient Safety Technologies today announced that they have entered into a five-year exclusive distribution agreement to co-market the SurgiCount Safety-Sponge™ System, which helps prevent retention of sponges and towels unintentionally left in ...More
    November 20, 2009 Posted in News
  • Joint Commission Offers Infection Prevention Coloring Book
    The Joint Commission is offering a coloring book called “Stay Well and Keep Others Well” to help children learn how to prevent infection. The brochure talks about handwashing, covering your nose when you sneeze, covering your mouth when you cough, staying home ...More
    October 29, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Experts Offer Solutions to CAUTIs
    It's a statistic that almost every healthcare facility knows: 40 percent of all healthcare-acquired infections are urinary tract infections (UTI). Since catheters -- the most common source of these infections -- are used on over four million hospital patients a year, the ...More
    October 21, 2009 Posted in News