Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign Still Striving to Inspire and Inform

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For 12 years now, Medline has been coming together to talk about breast cancer at the Association of periOperative Nurses’ annual conference.  There is no shortage of breast cancer awareness campaigns from companies and individuals.  Yet, the World Cancer Research Fund International states breast cancer continues to be the most common cancer among women. How Far We Have Come Medline … Read More

Patient Safety: Putting Words Into Action

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A major merger is happening in May, but the recent announcement came during a week both groups feel strongly about – Patient Safety Awareness Week.  The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) will operate under the IHI name to revitalize patient safety.  Both organizations call the issue a critical one, but believe it’s overlooked. … 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

The Power of Teamwork

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Teamwork is integral for any process improvement program, such as a lean assessment, because these are the individuals whom the packs will impact significantly.  However, surgery centers are a stressful environment with multiple assigned roles, and good leaders know that changes affecting day to day operations require buy-in to make it a success.  In the case of the Surgery Center … 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

Moving Nurses from Hospital Rooms to Board Rooms

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A recent American Hospital Association survey of more than 1,000 hospital boards found that just five percent of board members were nurses, but there is a campaign happening right now to get more nurses on boards.  The Nurses on Boards Coalition is implementing a strategy to bring the experience of nurses to governing boards and to state and national commissions with … Read More