A report released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today shows that thanks in part to provisions of the Affordable Care Act, an estimated 87,000 fewer patients died in hospitals and nearly $20 billion in healthcare cos
As healthcare professionals we often wonder how much difference we truly make in the lives of our patients. I often wonder if I am doing everything that I possibly can to create a safe environment for every person around me — not just patients but my team as well. Maybe you are a nurse or tech who has wondered the same. Having worked in healthcare for the last nine years and endoscopy for the last four, I have met a variety of people each with their own story to tell. There are certainly moments that bring to light just how much impact we truly have in someone’s life. Errors often occur due to a lack of education or what I would refer to as follow-the-leader. Someone performs a task incorrectly and it continues until someone questions the process. That is where we come in. I want to encourage all of you to take that step forward and be the advocate that our patients so desperately need. Let me explain why I am so passionate about infection control and what we can do to continue creating a safer environment for all of our patients.
Today, on CDC’s Safe Healthcare Blog, Dr.
The Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) of the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are launching a three-year initiative to improve the implementation of infection preven
In an effort to ensure the safety of patients, WellSpan York Hospital recently began notifying approximately 1,300 open-heart surgery patients of possible exposure to bacteria during open-heart surgery procedures performed between Oct.
Keeping any team healthy is an important and daunting challenge, but the task is amplified in the National Football League when a bug that spreads rapidly through locker rooms and training facilities can impact an entire season.
Last year, more than 1,500 U.S. hospitals voluntarily completed the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the highest recorded participation to date.
By coordinating with state health departments and communicating with each other about patients with C.
Today, on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s Safe Healthcare blog, Consumer Reports editor Teresa Carr discusses the 2015 Consumer Reports hospital rat
The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), the advocate for The Safest Dental Visit™, has announced that L. Clifford McDonald, MD, FACP, FSHEA, has been named to the Friends of OSAP.