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Briefings on Hospital Safety, September 2018

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September 1, 2018

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

CMS again spotlights control of Legionella with revision to surveyors' memo

Be prepared for renewed interest in your water management program and especially how it is designed to prevent the spread of Legionella infection. CMS just updated its memo from last year on requirements to reduce the risk of Legionnaire’s disease, in part to clarify expectations for hospitals and nursing homes (NH).

HFAP revises standards to address reduction of Legionella risk

To keep themselves as closely aligned with CMS as possible, HFAP has updated their Acute Care Manual with a new requirement for Infection Control Standard 07.01.03—Reduce Risk of Legionella in Water Systems.

Case study: Automating sepsis alerts at Harborview Medical Center

Rosemary Grant, BSN, RN, CPHQ, is the sepsis coordinator at Harborview. She says her facility chose to focus on sepsis detection because the condition is “prevalent, expensive, and deadly.”

Guidance on spotting possible victims of human trafficking

In June, The Joint Commission (TJC) released Quick Safety Issue 42 on identifying human trafficking victims. The Health and Human Services Department estimates that 88% of trafficking victims visit a healthcare provider at least once during their captivity and aren’t recognized as victims. 




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