Patient Safety

  • Experts Discuss HAIs, Looming Threats to Patient Safety
    According to more than 60 infectious disease experts, the global medical community must act on three imminent threats to patients across the world: First threat: common bacteria, such as Escherichia coli (E. coli) are now producing enzymes which make the bacteria capable of ...More
    September 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • 2010 National Patient Safety Goals Announced
    The Joint Commission is making available pre-publication versions of the 2010 National Patient Safety Goals; these goals do not include scoring information, service applicability, or final editorial changes that may be made. Final versions of the NPSGs will be posted on the ...More
    September 11, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Joint Commission Takes Aim at HAIs
    Teaming up with top hospitals and health systems across the country to use new methods to find the causes of and put a stop to dangerous and potentially deadly breakdowns in patient care, the Joint Commission is launching the Center for Transforming Healthcare. The ...More
    September 10, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Using Measurement of Chemical in Blood May Help Reduce Overuse of Antibiotics for Lower Respiratory Tract Infections
    The use of guidelines for treatment of lower respiratory tract infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia determined by measurements of a chemical in the blood known as procalcitonin resulted in lower rates of antibiotic use and associated adverse effects, and similar ...More
    September 9, 2009 Posted in News
  • AHRQ Launches New HAI Resource Web Page
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announces it has launched a new Web page that features research initiatives and resources on healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) for consumers and healthcare professionals. Information from AHRQ, CDC, CMS, HHS' ...More
    August 21, 2009 Posted in News
  • Hospital Checklists Need a Reality Check, According to New Study
    A team of sociologists and healthcare researchers is calling for greater understanding of how hospital and medical checklists can be used to improve patient safety. Furthermore, say the authors of a commentary in the journal The Lancet, widespread deployment of medical ...More
    August 20, 2009 Posted in News
  • HAI Prevention Project Among New HHS “Success Story” Reports
    HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today released the first in a series of healthcare “success story” reports that document innovative programs and initiatives that can serve as models for a reformed American healthcare system. The inaugural report highlights the ...More
    July 13, 2009 Posted in News
  • National Patient Safety Goal 7: Recommendations for Compliance
    Editor's note: This article is part two of a two-part series. To access part one, CLICK HERE.Note: The Joint Commission is revising the 2009 National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs) and the 2009 Universal Protocol to clarify language and make sure that they are relevant to the ...More
    July 8, 2009 Posted in Articles
  • The Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goals: Implications for Infection Preventionists
    Editor's note: To access part two of this two-part article, CLICK HERE.IMPORTANT UPDATE: The Joint Commission is revising the 2009 National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs) and the 2009 Universal Protocol to clarify language and make sure that they are relevant to the settings ...More
    July 8, 2009 Posted in Articles
  • Sharps Safety: A Seasonal Concern?
    Have you noticed a drop in productivity? A disinterest in details? A lack of lucidity caused by sunburn, swimmer’s ear and too many cervezas? The doldrums of summer are upon us! Each season, there’s an exodus of people from organizations in every industry, and ...More
    June 22, 2009 Posted in Articles