Empowering Entire Staff with eCurriculum: Q&A with St. Patrick’s Home for the Aged

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With new regulations for nursing homes coming almost yearly from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), providers are working to keep up with rules that improve the quality of care, strengthen safety measures and reduce unnecessary hospital readmissions and infections for residents.1  With the added pressure to meet these standards, St. Patrick’s Home Rehabilitation and Health Care Center … Read More

Updated Infection Prevention Guidelines: Eight Key Components

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Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and the rise of antibiotic resistance continue to confront healthcare facilities around the world.  Even though a large portion of HAIs are preventable through effective infection prevention and control (IPC) measures the World Health Organization (WHO) recently reported that seven percent of patients in developed countries and 10 percent in developing countries will acquire at least one HAI.1 … Read More

Hand Hygiene Compliance: Not That Simple

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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

Optimizing Your SSI Prevention Program

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Surgical site infections (SSIs) are a serious concern for healthcare providers due to the significant clinical and financial burdens associated with them. Although infection control practices have advanced in recent years, including improved operating room ventilation, sterilization methods, barriers, surgical techniques and availability of antimicrobial prophylaxis, SSIs remain a substantial cause of morbidity, prolonged hospitalization and death. SSIs are associated … Read More

Five Strategies for Boosting CAUTI Prevention

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Urinary tract infections are the most common type of reported healthcare-associated infection. Of those that occur in the hospital, nearly 75 percent are linked to an indwelling urinary catheter (IUC). CAUTI infections increased 6 percent between 2008 and 2013, and it is estimated that between 400,000 and 500,000 CAUTIs occur each year. These are frightening statistics. But as a healthcare … Read More