At the initial Bigler trial last year, jurors rejected claims that the design of the company’s top-selling gastrointestinal scope hampered cleaning and declined to award punitive damages to the family. Instead, the jury ordered Olympus to pay the Seattle hospital involved $6.6 million in damages. In turn, the hospital, Virginia Mason Medical Center, had to pay the family $1 million.
Recent study makes the assertion that illness transmission by healthcare employees represents a grave public health hazard. By John Palmer It’s no secret that that healthcare can be a dirty profession. So why is it that despite the warnings about the dangers of not wearing appropriate protection around hazardous drugs and infectious diseases, workers still … Continued
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Legionnaire’s disease kills 10% of those who contract it.
A study released by the CDC found that seven in 10 patients with sepsis had recently used healthcare services or had a chronic disease requiring frequent medical care, indicating that there are opportunities to detect the infection before it’s too late.
Combination of protocols and ongoing education prove critical for early sepsis identification
If there is an opportunity for improvement in any of the measures at your facility, it’s important not only to have a corrective action plan (CAP) in place for audit readiness and future safety surveys, but to ensure that the CAP is based on a root cause analysis.
Spatial, temporal analytics may aid infection control in hospitals.
In the absence of adequate published guidance, Iowa researchers produce a five-tiered classification of procedures, encompassing “clean, aseptic, sterile-superficial, sterile-invasive,” and “surgical-like procedures.”
This article first appeared October 2, 2017 on HealthLeaders Media. By Tinker Ready A study of sepsis cases using EHR rather than claims data finds little change in either incidence of infection or mortality over a four-year period. Is the incidence of sepsis stable or is it increasing? Awareness campaigns and clinical education programs would … Continued
As a form of healthcare-acquired skin injury, Incontinence-associated dermatitis, is now recognized as both avoidable and preventable.