As populations age and hospitalization and long-term care become more common, healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), including many caused by drug-resistant pathogens, are increasing in importance and pose a significant threat to patient safety.
Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a letter to healthcare providers to alert them that the agency is aware of an increasing number of medical device reports associated with the use of surgical staplers for internal use and implantable surgical staples—common devices used in many
ECRI Institute names diagnostic errors and improper management of test results in electronic health records (EHRs) among the most serious patient safety challenges facing healthcare leaders in 2019.
Through its awards program, the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) honors central service/sterile processing (CS/SP) professionals each year who demonstrate exceptional leadership, dedication and service in the CS/SP discipline.
Guidelines recommend discontinuation of antimicrobial prophylaxis within 24 hours after incision closure in uninfected patients; however, how facility and surgical specialty factors affect the implementation of these evidence-based surgical prophylaxis guidelines in outpatient surgery is unknown.
Although the risk for acquiring a work-related infectious disease has been known for a very long time, much remains unknown about workplace infections. To summarize what has been learned from recent investigations of infectious disease occurring in U.S.
Involving link nurses in infection prevention and control is a strategy to improve clinical practice that has been implemented in hospitals worldwide. However, little is known about the use, the range and benefits of this strategy.
By Kelly M. Pyrek
By Melinda Benedict, MS, CIC, CFER
By Sue Barnes, RN, CIC, FAPIC