Awarepoint Corporation, the largest real-time location system (RTLS) corporation dedicated exclusively to healthcare, announces the launch of its new Bed and Bay Sensor that enables precise tracking of mobile equipment and patient and caregiver interactions in locations with tight-bed spacing, such as the emergency department (ED) and pre- and post-anesthesia care.
Last July, after 12 movie goers were shot dead and dozens wounded by a gunman at a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises ” in Colorado, 23 victims – the largest contingent of wounded – were taken to the University of Colorado Hospital.
PDI, owner of Sani-Hands® Instant Hand Sanitizing wipes, has announced the launch of new educational packaging to help aid in hand hygiene for patients and education at the bedside. Four educational “when to use” icons have been added to the Sani-Hands Bedside Pack to help healthcare staff communicate critical opportunities for patients to practice hand hygiene1—after using the bathroom, before eating and drinking, after contact with others and after coughing and sneezing.
Nearly 2 million people acquire HAIs, or hospital-acquired infections, in the United States each year – resulting in 100,000 deaths annually – according to The Infectious Diseases Society of America. HAIs also lead to more than $4.5 billion in excess healthcare costs, increase the average hospital stay from 4.5 to 20.6 days, and raise the average patient bill from about $30,000 to nearly $200,000, as reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It may look like a futuristic gadget from a science fiction movie, but this germ-killing robot is a new, efficient method of tackling hospital superbugs. As reported in the Daily Mail, the device kills hospital superbugs faster than before and could save the NHS $325 million a year if adopted nationwide.
DebMed, creator of the world's first electronic hand hygiene compliance monitoring system based on the World Health Organization's (WHO's) "Five Moments for Hand Hygiene," has released enhanced functionality for the hand hygiene compliance reports that are available in the DebMed GMS (Group Monitoring System).
The Joint Commission recently released a free monograph, “Improving Patient and Worker Safety: Opportunities for Synergy, Collaboration and Innovation,” to draw attention to the need to create a culture that focuses on both the safety of patients and the health care workers who care for them.
CareFusion Corp., a leading, global medical technology company, has unveiled a new preoperative cleansing program for patients that includes an industry-first, individualized reminder program that helps patients remember and follow a clinician's preoperative bathing instructions.