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The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) leads Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 12-18.

Posted by Brittany Taylor on Mar 16, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Patient Safety Awareness Week is a time to raise awareness about preventable harm in health care. As part of NPSF’s campaign they issued a Call to Action, citing patient safety as a public health crisis that requires a public health response.

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Topics: Patient Safety Awareness Week

Top 10 Healthcare Hand Hygiene Articles of 2016

Posted by Brittany Taylor on Dec 22, 2016 9:30:00 AM

As the holidays come up on us and 2016 draws to a close it is time to reflect and take a look at the top hand hygiene articles in healthcare over the past 12 months.

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Topics: hand hygiene, HAIs, hand hygiene compliance

There's no ‘I’ in Team: Secret to Hand Hygiene Compliance Improvement

Posted by Brittany Taylor on Jul 28, 2016 9:30:00 AM

In union there is strength; there is no “I” in team; no man is an island – all these are phrases you have most likely heard before. But have you ever stopped to think about the very meaningful message behind them and how they may relate to improvements in healthcare? They are actually more relevant than you think as teamwork is one of the main drivers you need to form lasting behavior change that leads to improvement. An example of this was seen at Emory Healthcare in Georgia, where they developed a care transformation model that encouraged their staff to improve teamwork and collaboration. “Once caregivers learned to function as a team, quality improvements immediately followed.” 

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Topics: hand hygiene compliance, Teamwork

Does Direct Observation still have a place in hospitals?

Posted by Brittany Taylor on Jun 9, 2016 2:31:41 PM

When it comes to measuring hand hygiene compliance direct observation is the go-to method for most hospitals. But, it is no secret that direct observation, once called “the gold standard”, is highly inaccurate and unreliable. Many studies have proven that direct observation captures only a fraction of actual events and is vastly flawed because of its link to the Hawthorne Effect and observer bias. But does this mean that we should abandon it altogether? And, with the introduction of new technology in the hand hygiene compliance market, does direct observation still have a place in hospitals? I think yes.

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Topics: direct observation

4 Ways a Better Patient Experience Could Save Hospitals Money

Posted by Brittany Taylor on Mar 31, 2016 9:30:00 AM

When most people think of a hospital they think of a place to go when they are sick, need treatment, to have surgery, or to visit a loved one. While all of these are definitely true, what most people don’t realize is a hospital is also a business that is always striving to find the perfect balance between meeting budgets, increasing efficiency, and providing superior patient care.

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Topics: patient safety, HAIs, cost savings

10 Things CFOs need to know about MRSA

Posted by Brittany Taylor on Mar 10, 2016 9:30:00 AM

As a member of the healthcare community, you are aware of the ramifications of MRSA to not only the health of patients, but the financial impact on your facility. Obviously, it is imperative for hospital staff to do all they can to prevent a MRSA infection, but what may not be realized is how equally important it is for members of the hospital administration to support efforts of front line staff to keep these infections at bay. Evidence has shown that not only do MRSA infections affect staff, patient safety and hospital reputation, but they have a substantial financial impact on the bottom line, and potential CMS penalties in US healthcare facilities.  

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Topics: MRSA, CFO

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