Multiple Injection Safety Violations Led to NJ Outbreak

Investigators found 41 patients with osteoarthritis contracted the rare infection following injections in their knee joints, with 33 requiring surgery to remove damaged tissue. The investigation found practices including lack of hand washing to inappropriate reuse of medication vials.

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Steps Toward Better, More Efficient EVS Results

By: Steve Zimmerman, MBA, CHESP, T-CSCT, Director of Healthcare Services for ServiceMaster Clean Healing is the goal of every hospital.  To promote healing, hospitals must provide an infection-free environment.  The work of the environmental services department (EVS) is vital to that effort. EVS is far more than just housekeeping.  In addition to cleaning floors and … Continued

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Case Study: Automating Sepsis Alerts at Harborview Medical Center

Sepsis mortality rates increase quickly when the condition is left untreated, even for just a few hours. However, there isn’t a simple test for sepsis. Instead, providers have to watch for patterns and symptoms that could indicate sepsis. As a result, it’s common to have misdiagnoses or delays in diagnosis.

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