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patient safety webinarPlease register for Strategies to Manage Hospital Acquired Conditions Reporting in an ACA World - An IC Check-Up on Sept 9th, 2014 1:00 PM CDT at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5973501898406116610

With the August 1 Final Rule announcement by CMS, it’s time we had an Infection Control check-up from our IC expert, Brian Foy.

Brian will explain recent changes to Federal rules and its impacts on everyday IC preventionists. Then, the team will outline some of the experienced and expected challenges faced by industry partners and their solutions.

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Is the Answer to Enhanced Patient Safety Hiding in Plain Sight?
The Transformation of “Incident Reporting"

Is the Answer to Enhanced Patient Safety Hiding in Plain Sight? The Transformation of “Incident ReportingWe all have these systems, whether paper or electronic, that are supposed to capture incidents that can lead to and/or have resulted in patient harm. Most of these systems can do this, but many will agree that there is something missing – something important – when it comes to whether or not these systems actually enhance patient safety.

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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.

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.

Many organizations including the Centers for Disease Control, Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Project JOINTS Initiative recommend preoperative bathing prior to hospital admission as part of the pre-surgical process. In fact, in a recent survey of 151 surgeons, 94 percent recommended a bathing protocol to help reduce the risk of contracting a health care associated infection while in the hospital.[1] However, patient compliance with preoperative bathing at home remains low. In a study published in the September 2010 edition of the Journal of Arthroplasty, less than 14 percent of patients fully comply with a clinician's preoperative bathing instructions at home.[2]

The StartClean program drives compliance with physician bathing instructions by combining a chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) cleanser and sponges with an individualized service that sends reminders to comply with preoperative bathing instructions via text message, email or voicemail in the days or hours leading up to a procedure. StartClean was specifically designed to support initiatives at hospitals and other points of care to drive compliance with preoperative bathing instructions.

"Quality health care delivery has always been epitomized by the essential communication between patient and caregiver," said Allan J. Morrison, M.D., MSc, FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA of Inova Fairfax Hospital.  "A recent study reinforced the power of good communication when it reported that sending text messages to parents increased the rate of seasonal child flu vaccinations compared with a single telephone reminder. [3] The StartClean program includes the use of multi-media messaging – through email, text or voicemail – to enhance the likelihood of patients completing their preoperative cleansing prior to their scheduled surgery. This is the future of health care."

The StartClean cleansing kit contains one, 4-ounce bottle of 4 percent CHG and three single-use sponges in an easy-to-open peel back package. The reminder program includes the individualized e-alerts, an easy-to-read patient education sheet available in multiple languages and supplemental online resources for health care professionals.

Health care practitioners can find more information at carefusion.com/StartClean.

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