In the fight against healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), hard surface disinfection is not enough. Dangerous pathogens can lurk on all types of surfaces in healthcare environments, including soft surfaces such as privacy curtains. Recent findings show that 92 percent of hospital privacy curtains are contaminated one week after laundering, yet 37 percent of facilities report that they only launder privacy curtains when they are visibly soiled. If left unattended, contaminated soft surfaces can undermine a healthcare facility’s infection control protocols and pose infection risks for patients, staff, and visitors.
GOJO Industries, a leader in hand hygiene and skin health and inventors of PURELL® Hand Sanitizer, is assisting Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) in measuring and improving hand hygiene compliance through its SMARTLINK Activity Monitoring System.
Medical Simulation Corporation (MSC) has releases an updated version of the SimSuite Sepsis Quality Initiative Program that aligns with the Surviving Sepsis Campaign International Guidelines for Management of Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock 2012 Guidelines released earlier this year at the 2013 Society for Critical Care Medicine Annual Congress.
As states continue to build health insurance exchanges (HIXs) for use by the Jan. 1, 2014, deadline set forth in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there is another aspect of the ACA that has received little attention – the requirement that by Jan. 1, 2015, HIXs cannot contract with a hospital of 50 beds or more unless that hospital has a patient safety evaluation system and reports data to a patient safety organization (PSO).
Welch Allyn has launched its new FlexiPort® EcoCuff™ single-patient-use blood pressure cuff. As hospitals continue to fight the never-ending battles against both cross-contamination and rising costs, EcoCuff provides a solution for both issues while also having less environmental impact than other disposable blood pressure cuffs.
PDC-St. John announced the extension of its Securline® Hybrid Style Bar Code Blood Band. The blood recipient ID wristband system provides automated patient identification for blood transfusion, specimen collection, and tracking to improve patient safety and workflow efficiencies in hospitals and blood banks. With the addition of six new Blood Band product lines, PDC-St. John now offers the widest selection of blood bank ID solutions in the healthcare marketplace.
PIG® Grippy® Surgical Absorbent Mat is a revolutionary absorbent mat with a one-of-a-kind adhesive bottom that stays put, no matter what. It absorbs and retains up to three liters of liquid to help keep your O.R. floor clean and safe. No bunched up blankets to trip over.
Arcadia Solutions and Boston Children’s Hospital Unveil New Version of Flagship ICU Analytics Product: T3
First Databank (FDB), the leading provider of clinical drug knowledge that improves medication-related decisions and patient outcomes, has announced that medication dosing content is now available for customization in its alert management solution, FDB AlertSpace.
Ekahau Inc., the leader in Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) has announced that Memorial Healthcare in Shiawassee County, Michigan, deployed its Wi-Fi-based RFID staff safety alert and wireless temperature monitoring solution to improve staff and patient safety.