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AHE announces brand rollout for the 2012 Conference and Healthcare Marketplace
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Chicago, April 12, 2012 – One of the highlights for the members of the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) is the Annual Conference & Healthcare Marketplace where members, suppliers, contractors and other healthcare professionals come together for education, networking and collaboration. The 2012 Conference programming and networking events are being developed to set the stage for an exciting future of continued growth and recognition. Click Here for Press Release

AHE Board nominations now open!
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2013 - 2015 AHE Board of Directors: Candidate Nomination for At-Large Board Member. AHE needs strong strategic leadership as we continue to shape professional practice, develop and promote the profession and foster connections and alliances. Submission deadline: Friday, May 11th, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. CT. Please visit for more information.

AHE 2012 Award applications/nominations now open!
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AHE is now accepting applications for the 2012 Member Recognition Awards. We encourage you to nominate your AHE peers, but don't hesitate to nominate yourselves as well. The AHE Recognition Awards Program is a great opportunity to demonstrate the stellar work being done in your hospitals, departments and in your communities. Submission deadline: Wednesday, May 30, 2012. Please see individual award applications for details. Visit AHE Recognition Awards Program.

Patient-centered care: Achieving world-class patient satisfaction
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"Everything matters." "Everything we say matters." "What else matters?" The EVS professional, can make a huge impact and makes all the difference to improving patient satisfaction within the healthcare facility. As part of the ongoing top notch educational and professional development programs available through AHE, the April 18th webinar, you will learn what 'magic words' can put patients at ease who are fearful about the cleanliness of their room. In addition, AHE guest speaker, Colleen Sweeney, RN, BS, founder of Sweeney Healthcare Enterprises, will offer practical take-aways that can be introduced immediately to alleviate the never spoken fears of patients. More


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Steam vapor may be effective means for environmental disinfection
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Steam vapor technology may be an effective way to disinfect healthcare environments, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control. Researchers tested the effectiveness of thermal-accelerated nanocrystal sanitation-equipped steam vapor by using the technology on biofilms developed by four bacterial strains on the same test surface. The technology was also tested on biofilms developed by E. coli on four different testing surfaces. More

ES and C-diff: Utilizing competency-based tools for infection prevention
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Clostridium difficile (C-difficile) is an equal opportunity pathogen. A 50-year-old man who has struggled with a chronic infection, a 76-year-old woman living in a nursing home, a 17-year-old girl who recently had her tonsils removed and a 37-year-old man admitted to a hospital for a surgical procedure are all examples of those who have been impacted by this challenging organism. Indeed, it is C-difficile's ability to produce disease in persons of most any age that makes C-difficile infection such a dangerous foe. More

How prepared are hospitalists to handle infectious disease cases?
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Hospitalists routinely have to handle infection cases, but how well trained are they to do so, and how well prepared are the hospitals they work in to support them on difficult cases? It depends on training and the institution, but both areas have room for improvement, says a physician who has had feet on both sides of the fence. Leland Allen, M.D., says there is no easy answer on whether hospitalists have enough baseline training. More

Despite prodding, patients remain reluctant to ask healthcare workers about hand washing
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Even when they are explicitly encouraged to do so, many patients are reluctant to ask healthcare workers - especially doctors - if they have washed their hands before administering treatment, according to a pilot study published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. Good hand hygiene is a key element of infection prevention and control. More

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Hospitals turn to IT to monitor employee hand washing
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More than two-dozen hospitals in Alabama are turning to technology to monitor staff hand washing efforts with a goal of minimizing healthcare-associated infections. The effort - dubbed the "Putting Power into Healthcare Initiative" - requires that all hospitals involved install monitoring systems that feature radio-frequency badges in all patient rooms and other care-delivery areas, according to an announcement this week from Alabama Power, an electricity supplier participating in the program. More

Focus: Infections
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A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows healthcare providers have heeded calls to action and are focused on changing these numbers. In the last year, the number of people who acquired one or more of the four most common HAIs declined: Invasive methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections dropped 18 percent; surgical-site infections declined 10 percent, while catheter-associated urinary tract infections decreased 7 percent. The largest drop was seen in central line-associated bloodstream infections, which fell 33 percent. The report also showed that hospitals and health systems are on track to meet nearly all of the national infection reduction and protocol adherence targets by the Health & Human Services' 2013 deadline. More

5 best practices for appointing an infection prevention nurse at an ASC
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Surgery centers are placing a greater emphasis on infection prevention as the healthcare industry turns an eye to quality measures and their future ties to reimbursement. Jean Day, RN, CNOR, director of clinical education for Pinnacle III, discusses five things to know about appointing, training and overseeing an infection prevention nurse in a surgery center. More
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