Hand Hygiene Safety: What Needs to Be Done to Improve the Well-Being of Clinicians?

By Martie L. MooreClinical Solutions, Medical DevicesLeave a Comment

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The most valuable set of tools for nurses are our hands. However, the constant hand washing, scrubbing and sanitizing can also be detrimental to our most valuable tools. As a matter of fact, a recent University of Manchester study revealed that healthcare workers who follow hand hygiene protocols are 4.5 times more likely to suffer from moderate to severe skin … Read More

The Newest Tool in CAUTI Prevention

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Last month, the American Nurses Association (ANA) released a new evidence-based RN assessment and decision-making tool to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI). Why the Focus on CAUTI? The CDC has reported that while most hospital-acquired conditions and infections are improving, CAUTI rates are rising, and there is no universally accepted evidence-based tool for CAUTI reduction like there are for … Read More

A Preventable Consequence of Care: Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI)

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Central venous catheters (CVC) or central lines play an intricate role in modern health care. The CVC is a truly useful tool that allows the clinician to administer medications, intravenous fluids, blood products, and parenteral nutrition to patients that have chronic illness or are critically ill. They can also be used for providing hemodialysis success and hemodynamic monitoring. It is … Read More

A Bedside View From the Office: The Benefits of Automating VAE Surveillance Data

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When the new ventilator-associated event standards and definitions were released in January 2013, there were questions on what this meant for prevention and reporting. First, what exactly did these new definitions mean for treatment going forward? Second, with a new algorithm that was much more objective, sensitive, and specific, would it now be easier to assess progress and pinpoint where additional changes … Read More