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Briefings on Hospital Safety, June 2018


June 1, 2018

Editor's Note: Click the PDF button above for a full edition of the June 2018 edition of Briefings on Hospital Safety.

Healthcare systems still have work to do to be better prepared for next disaster

A timely, recent report by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security examined how the U.S. healthcare system has fared while responding to emergencies both large and small. The authors concluded that the bigger the emergency, the less prepared healthcare facilities are for handling the crush of patients that come through their doors.

Acuity-adaptable rooms, microhospitals are healthcare tech trends on NFPA’s radar

ECRI Institute released its annual top 10 list of technology-related issues that hospital and health system leaders should pay close attention to over the next 12–18 months. The NFPA believes building and life safety professionals should keep an eye on two trends from the list: acuity-adaptable rooms and microhospitals.

Ask the expert: Strategies for setting up a successful antibiotic stewardship program

In this edited Q&A from the HCPro webcast "How to Establish an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program," speaker Jennifer Pisano, MD, is medical director of the antimicrobial stewardship program at the University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences, shares strategies for setting up a successful antibiotic stewardship program and answers other questions from safety-minded pros like you.

Looking to gut HAIs by 2020, HHS has given hospitals aggressive goals on HAI reduction

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has given hospitals aggressive goals on HAI reduction. By 2020, the department wants CAUTI rates to be cut 50% in acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, and ambulatory surgical centers.

Floor corners, bathroom floors, and ceiling vents are hottest spots for dangerous C. diff spores

Bathroom floors, nurse call buttons, and ceiling vents are among the locations where you will most often find Clostridium difficile spores after both routine and terminal cleaning of patient rooms, a recent study stated. But the place where C. diff most frequently persists, threatening both patients and staff? Floor corners.

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