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- Mandatory glove wearing may reduce risk of hospital-acquired infections
Infection rates are reduced when physicians are required to wear gloves, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics. Read on to find out how much lower the risk of the infection became when mandatory gloving was in effect.
- Joint Commission issues Sentinel Event Alert on medical device alarm safety
The Joint Commission issued a Sentinel Event Alert on April 8 warning hospitals against alarm fatigue caused by medical devices. According to the alert, thousands of alarm signals occur in each hospital unit, each day, and an estimated 85% – 99% of the signals do not require clinical intervention. What does the Joint Commission recommend hospitals do to combat alarm fatigue and minimize risk to patients? Find out on the Patient Safety Monitor Blog.
- Researchers identify 12 steps for effectively reducing readmissions
The 12 steps of the Re-engineered Discharge (RED) toolkit published by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) are effective at reducing readmissions and visits to the emergency department following discharge, according to researchers at Boston University Medical Center. Researchers also updated the set of steps for reducing readmissions, including a new component for overcoming language barriers.
- Patients in N.Y. sue over syringe reuse
Fourteen patients have filed a lawsuit against a N.Y. hospital for possible exposure to hepatitis B, hepatitis The suit also names the hospital’s parent company, Guthrie Healthcare System, along with the nurse who allegedly reused syringes on more than 230 patients.
- Roadmap for improving patient care laid out in study
A group of interdisciplinary research teams conducted 40 studies that investigate how nurses contribute to and can improve patient care quality. What exactly did the study identify?
- Lethal "superbug" still at the forefront of CDC concerns
The CDC is warning providers nationwide about a lethal germ called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), which has been overpowering antibiotics and is becoming a “catastrophic threat.” Click the link above to learn more about the germ and to read some preventative measures from the CDC.