Five Strategies for Boosting CAUTI Prevention

By Mary Pat EbleClinical SolutionsLeave a Comment

CAUTI

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

Three Things You Need to Know about Sepsis

By Martie L. MooreClinical SolutionsLeave a Comment

sepsis

A six-letter word is sparking people to fight at the government level, state level and even at the bedside. That word is “sepsis,” and this emerging complication was just recently dubbed by the CDC as a “medical emergency” and “unrecognized killer.” Sepsis has been making the news—it was revealed in June that legendary boxer Muhammad Ali died not from Parkinson’s … Read More

What’s Really Hiding behind Hospital Privacy Curtains?

By Barbara ConnellClinical SolutionsLeave a Comment

privacy curtains

Room environment plays a large role in the transmission of healthcare associated infections (HAIs), and that role is getting some significant attention. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified the most frequently touched or high touch surfaces in a patient’s room. These items—such as the bedside table, bedrails and remote control—are touched numerous times throughout the day, not … Read More

Medication Disposal System Geared to LTC

By MedlineClinical SolutionsLeave a Comment

McKnights Drug Buster placement blog 6-8-16

There’s a buzz around nurse Sherry Day’s Drug Buster® medication disposal system. In a long-term care market where 70 percent of nurses surveyed told Medline they disposed of old medications by mixing with kitty litter or coffee grounds, Day’s creation is a game-changer. Click here to read more about how this system can help facilitate easy and safe medication disposal. Read … Read More

Are Superbugs Infesting Your Hospital?

By Barbara ConnellClinical SolutionsLeave a Comment

Untitled design (22)

At the beginning of March, the CDC released the National and State Healthcare-Associated Infections Progress Report that expands upon and provides an update to previous reports detailing progress toward the ultimate goal of eliminating Healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs). This national and state report reviewed data from 2014. The report results are encouraging, as there were a number of HAIs that have … Read More

Patient Safety Awareness Week: Going Back to Basics

By Martie L. MooreClinical SolutionsLeave a Comment

Untitled design (20)

Recent findings from the CDC uncovered that 1 in 7 catheter- and surgery-related healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) transmitted in a hospital setting today have been caused by “superbugs,” or bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. Additionally, these superbugs have traveled the care transition route, with 1 in 4 catheter- and surgery-related HAIs in long-term acute care hospitals attributed to multi-drug resistant … Read More