Becker's Clinical Quality & Infection Control

Becker's Clinical Quality & Infection Control December 2014

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Infection Control & Clinical Quality November/December 2014 • Vol. 2014 No. 5 INDEX Table of Contents p. 4 Executive Briefing: OR Optimization p. 10 Executive Briefing: Non-ventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia p. 18 100 Infection Control Products to Know Useful products for hospitals and ASCs to improve infection control strategies p. 14 Top 10 Sentinel Events of 2014 What patient harm events happened most this year? p. 17 Jazz Music and Post-Op Pain How the two are connected p. 17 Patient Safety Toolkit 20 patient safety tools p. 22 10 Statistics on Patient Safety Culture By Tamara Rosin Most medical offices show a strong culture of teamwork and patient care tracking, but maintaining adequate staff to ad- dress work pressures and communication skills remain ar- eas with potential for improvement, according to a recent Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality survey. The AHRQ 2014 Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Cul- ture measures the culture of patient safety in medical offices from healthcare providers' and staffs' perspectives. The report used data from 935 medical offices and 27,103 medical office staff survey responses between Nov. 2011 and Nov. 2013. 20 Hospitals With Great Hand Hygiene Programs By Shannon Barnet and Tamara Rosin According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly one in 25 patients will contract a healthcare-associated infection. Physicians and healthcare workers, however, have the ability to re- duce the number of HAIs by adhering to basic hand hygiene protocols. Hospitals and health systems across the country have implemented hand hygiene programs that serve to It's difficult to imagine a world with- out antibiotics. Had the world not undergone its "Golden Age of Antibi- otics" in the 1940s, modern medicine would look drastically different. An- tibiotics have been a boon to modern medicine, allowing physicians to per- form open surgeries while minimiz- ing the risk of infection. Outside the hospital, splinters and ear infections are no longer death sentences. It sounds nightmarish, the thought of dying from something as simple as an ear infection, but given the current path of antibiotic resistance, the world is on the fast-track to returning to a state eerily similar to before the discov- ery of antibiotics, and such a dystopic state could be closer than expected. In the words of the World Health Or- ganization, "A post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries can kill, far from being an apocalyptic fantasy, is instead a very real possibility for the 21st century." According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approxi- mately 2 million people are infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year, and 23,000 people will die as a direct result of such infections. continued on page 6 continued on page 5 continued on page 6 The Current State of Antibiotic Resistance By Akanksha Jayanthi SAVE THE DATE! Becker's Hospital Review Annual Meeting May 7-9, 2015 Swissôtel - Chicago, Illinois 153 Great Health System Executives Speaking 119 Sessions - 212 Speakers To learn more visit To register, visit

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