Briefings on Hospital Safety, November 2017
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November 1, 2017
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As medications have grown increasingly powerful and healthcare workers have grown increasingly aware of the hazards some drugs pose, regulators and stakeholders have been looking for ways to improve safe-handling practices. While a number of guidelines and recommendations in the past have set expectations already for handling, transporting, and disposing of potentially harmful drugs, the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) aims to make a significant improvement next year with the implementation of its ambitious contribution known as General Chapter <800>.
There were special contact precautions imposed on those caring for the patient in room 12. Doctors and nurses were required to don gowns and gloves before entering, as a sign on the door stated. When a physician in the University of Kansas Hospital’s family medicine progressive care unit stepped into room 12 the morning of October 26, 2016, he wore the PPE as required, but he jeopardized the facility’s infection control efforts in a subtler way—by bringing his stethoscope, a foreign object, into the room with him.
Expect The Joint Commission (TJC) and other accrediting organizations (AO) to intensify scrutiny of Life Safety Code® (LSC) compliance as CMS continues to voice concern that the AOs are missing too many condition-level violations.
First discovered in the 1970s, the Legionella bacterium can cause a type of pneumonia called legionnaires’ disease (LD), which kills about one-quarter of the people who contract it. The bacterium thrives in warm water and is spread through breathing aerosolized water droplets.