Influenza vaccination of healthcare personnel is a professional and ethical responsibility and non-compliance with healthcare facility policies regarding vaccination should not be tolerated, according to a position paper released today by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA).
Improving IV Catheter Care to Safeguard against Deadly Infections
As recently reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC; 2010), the incidence of bloodstream infections associated with central venous catheters (central lines) has dropped 18%.
Global Code Manager, a solution that translates between the ICD-9 and
ICD-10 (International Statistical Classification of Diseases and
Related Health Problems 10th Revision) medical coding systems – a
capability that will help health care organizations implement ICD-10 by
October 1, 2013, as required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Clostridium difficile infections (CDIs) are quickly becoming a
significant issue in healthcare based upon recent studies. Preliminary
data collected from nursing homes and highlighted in a Supplementary
Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory shows that almost 40 percent of
gastrointestinal infections reported are CDIs.
Initiating Promising Solutions and Expanding Proven Ones
Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are on everyone’s hit list, as they should be, because no patient should get sicker from a preventable infection they pick up in a hospital or other healthcare facility.
BioVigil LLC has released the second generation of the BioVigil hand
hygiene monitoring system. The innovative system enables hospitals to
more effectively combat Hospital-Acquired Infections (HAIs) by
dramatically increasing hand hygiene compliance among healthcare
One cause of the rampant international hospital-infection epidemic may
be the “inadvertent exposure” of hospital housekeepers and transporters
to antibiotic-resistant “Superbugs” such as MRSA, saysTeleTracking
Technologies CEO Anthony Sanzo.