Many Unknowns but Quality Will Still Be Key

By Shawn ScottHot TopicsLeave a Comment

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Tom Price is now confirmed as the secretary of Health and Human Services, a $1 trillion agency.  Yet, questions remain as to what’s next for healthcare as Price has been vocal about his unfavorable opinions of the Affordable Care Act.  While we wait, there’s one road ahead we can likely map out now: quality measures for long-term care. The formal process … Read More

Fight the Flu & Busted Budgets with Balance

By Jamie MillerHot TopicsLeave a Comment

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More than 40 states are reporting flu activity as widespread according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  With more than 10 years in nursing, and part of that time in public health, these continuous reports on an increase of flu cases during this time of year are no surprise to me.  What does surprise me is that despite constant … Read More

Young Minds Unlock the Door to Innovation

By Anna LehnerYour Bottom LineLeave a Comment

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The first stethoscope was invented 200 years ago as a tool that would amplify sound coming from a person’s chest.  Crutches have assisted people to walk for about a century.  Many surgical tools used today in our Sterile Procedure Trays are the same tools that physicians used when they were in medical school.  And I’m ok with that.  Clinicians are saving … Read More

Do The Numbers Make Your Heart Beat Harder?

By Martie L. MooreHot TopicsLeave a Comment

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Numbers are usually associated with a performance or actions that have a form of measurement.  Athletes receive numbers for the fastest run or highest jump.  Drivers receive speeding tickets for surpassing the posted number.  Sport scores, being pulled over for a speeding ticket, or exercising, all make our hearts beat harder. Yet numbers are often being ignored.  One in four … Read More

Hand Hygiene Compliance: Not That Simple

By Barbara ConnellClinical SolutionsLeave a Comment

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In 1847, Ignaz Semmelweiss made a landmark discovery. He noted that the incidence of puerpal (childbed) fever, a female reproductive tract infection occurring after childbirth or miscarriage could be drastically cut by the use of hand washing with chlorinated lime solutions.  Semmelweiss’ hypothesis — that there was only one cause and all that mattered was cleanliness — was extreme at … Read More