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New portal consolidates HAI information
Health Data Management    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Joint Commission has launched an online portal of resources, some free and others at a cost, for fighting healthcare-associated infections. The HAI Portal has information on common types of infections, tracking infection, strategies to prevent them, five ways to identify risks and staff/patient education. More

US Department of Labor's OSHA revises Hazard Communication Standard
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To better protect workers from hazardous chemicals, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has revised its Hazard Communication Standard, aligning it with the United Nations' global chemical labeling system. The new standard, once implemented, will prevent an estimated 43 deaths and result in an estimated $475.2 million in enhanced productivity for U.S. businesses each year. More

Research demonstrates bacterial contamination in pharmacy robots
Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Drug dispensing robots designed to quickly prepare intravenous medications in a sterile environment can harbor dangerous bacteria, according to a report in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. More

Tampa General Hospital reports measurable improvements in high-touch surface cleaning results
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3M and ICT present a whitepaper exploring how one hospital in Florida reported measurable improvements in high-touch surface cleaning using a revised approach to training and a new real-time method for measuring the level of organic contamination on surfaces More


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The workplace violence epidemic
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The challenges of securing employees, assets, clients and facilities can be difficult to meet in any environment; however, few organizations must contend with the level of daily turbulence and pressure that hospitals do. Changes due to federal health reform, compliance with data protection laws and employee safety directives, shifts in demographics and service philosophy, and increasing crime must all be addressed without inhibiting public access, reducing the speed of service, or enhancing patient discomfort and stress. More

New Massachusetts report on employee sharps injuries
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Healthcare worker exposures to bloodborne pathogens as a result of injuries caused by contaminated needles and other sharp devices, also known as percutaneous injuries, are a significant public health concern. Estimates by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put the number of sharps injuries in healthcare as well in excess of half a million each year, with about half of those injuries, or approximately 1,000 percutaneous injuries per day, occurring in U.S. hospitals. More

Privacy curtains may be quickly contaminated
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Recent research published in the American Journal of Infection Control shows privacy curtains may be quickly contaminated with pathogens. For three weeks, the study authors obtained swab cultures from 43 curtains in 30 rooms twice a week. An analysis of the swab cultures showed 12 of 13 curtains were contamination with pathogens within one week. More

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Public reporting of hospital-acquired infection rates still not required by a majority of states
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There is growing pressure on states to collect and report standardized, accurate data on surgical site infections and to make that data easily accessible to patients. This renewed focus on open access to performance quality data represents another milestone in the trend toward transparency in provider outcomes and pricing for consumers. More

Stopping infection at the source: Preventing Legionnaires' disease at hospitals
Becker's ASC Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A recent CDC report found that five primarily waterborne diseases, including Legionnaires' disease, cost the United States $970 million annually between 2004 and 2007, based on data from a large insurance claims database. Legionella grows in hot water and causes legionellosis, or Legionnaires' disease. More

Alabama Power partners with hospitals
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Alabama Power is partnering with 27 hospitals across the state and Birmingham-based Proventix Systems, Inc. to help reduce healthcare-associated infections, improve patient outcomes and help push down health costs. The "Putting Power into Healthcare" initiative focuses on increasing hand hygiene in hospitals, which studies show can help cut down on healthcare-associated infections. More
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