Judge Orders New Olympus Trial Over Superbug Death

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.

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Why Do Healthcare Workers Report to Work When Sick?

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

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CDC Launches Campaign To Catch Sepsis Early

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.

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The Route to Eliminating Hospital-Acquired Conditions

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.

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Sepsis Study Pits EHR vs. Claims Data

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

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