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Patient Safety

  • Needlesticks Among Errors Caused by Long Nursing Shifts
    A common practice of successive 12-hour shifts for U.S. hospital nurses leaves many with serious sleep deprivation, higher risk of health problems, and more odds of making patient errors, according to a University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) study presented today at the ...More
    June 8, 2010 Posted in News
  • National Initiative to Reduce Infections in Cardiac Surgery is Announced
    Underscoring the importance of the infection rate information released by the CDC, the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA) Foundation today announced that the FOCUS Cardiac Surgery Patient Safety Initiative will develop, test and validate tools to eliminate ...More
    June 1, 2010 Posted in News
  • APIC Develops Program Evaluation Tool to Help Make the Business Case for Needed Resources
    In the wake of healthcare cuts affecting essential programs such as infection prevention and control, the nation’s largest infection prevention association has designed a tool to help professionals assess the resources needed to improve patient safety. The “IP ...More
    May 24, 2010 Posted in Articles
  • New IV Catheter Disinfection Protocol to Be Featured at Patient Safety Meeting
    A hospital’s evaluation trial of the SwabCap™ disinfection cap for needleless IV connectors showed the cap achieved compliance with a new Joint Commission requirement, according to a poster to be presented at the National Patient Safety Foundation Annual ...More
    May 17, 2010 Posted in News
  • The Bundle and Beyond
    At the Infusion Nursing Society (INS) meeting in May 2009 a panel discussion was held to address methods of reducing central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI). This article presents results experienced by clinicians in their continuing efforts to reduce ...More
    May 3, 2010 Posted in Articles
  • SPD Best Practices Require a Review of the Basics
    No matter how long an infection preventionist has worked alongside a sterile processing department (SPD) manager, it pays to review the basics relating to best practices for the SPD to ensure compliance and to fight healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs). In her presentation ...More
    April 27, 2010 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Groups Respond to Report on Quality and HAIs
    The following statement was issued by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) in response to the Agency for Healthcare ...More
    April 19, 2010 Posted in News
  • HHS Reports "Little Progress" in HAI Reduction
    The Health and Human Services (HHS) Department and its Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) today issued its 2009 National Healthcare Quality Report, and among the findings, it noted that "very little progress" has been made on eliminating healthcare-acquired ...More
    April 15, 2010 Posted in News
  • Reform Law Poised to Make Healthcare Safer, Consumers Union Says
    While most of the attention surrounding the landmark healthcare reform measure just signed into law has focused on how it expands access to affordable insurance coverage, it also enacts important initiatives that will improve patient safety, according to Consumers Union, ...More
    April 2, 2010 Posted in News
  • Patient Safety Incidents at U.S. Hospitals Show No Decline, Cost $9 Billion
    Nearly 1 million patient-safety incidents occurred among Medicare patients over the years 2006, 2007, 2008, a figure virtually unchanged since last year’s annual study of patient safety by HealthGrades, a leading independent healthcare ratings organization. In ...More
    March 31, 2010 Posted in News