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January / February 2016 Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality

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January 2016 • Vol. 2016 No. 1 Also Inside Study Uncovers New Best Practices to Avoid CLABSIs in Pediatric Patients p. 13 Unconventional Methods Improve Hand Hygiene in One Hospital Study p. 14 Clinical Workstations Often Overlooked During Cleaning: 3 Study Findings p. 15 BECKER'S Infection Control & Clinical Quality Featured NPSF: 8 Tips to Create a Total Systems Approach to Patient Safety p. 11 52 Hospitals With the Lowest Readmission Rates p. 21 Discharge Summaries: The Key to Improving Physician Communication, Reducing Readmissions p. 22 Becker's Hospital Review 7 th Annual Meeting April 27-30, 2016 Hyatt Regency | Chicago, Illinois 88 Leading Hospital & Health System CEO, CFO & CIO Speakers 208 Great Health System Executives Speaking 280 Speakers Total Speaking on 5 Tracks & 74 Sessions To learn more & register, visit www.BeckersHospitalReview.com/conference/ SAVE THE DATE 10 Top Patient Safety Issues for 2016 Are Hospitals Lowering Readmissions or Just Putting More Patients Under Observation? Analysis from e Wall Street Jour- nal suggests patients are still reenter- ing the hospital frequently post-dis- charge, even though readmission rates have dropped. Workplace Culture Proves Essential to Improving Surgical Outcomes An organization's safety culture has a measurable effect on patients' outcomes aer surgery, a study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons found. See the full story on page 5. See the full story on page 9. See the full story on page 20. Healthcare has no doubt made giant strides in patient safety in recent years: According to an HHS report released in December, hospital-acquired condition rates dropped 17 percent from 2010 to 2014, leading to 87,000 few- er patient deaths in hospitals. However, there is always room for improvement in the journey toward zero patient harm. Several issues arose in 2015 that shed new light on patient safety threats. e Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality editorial team chose 10 patient safety issues for providers to consider in 2016, presented in no partic- ular order, based on the events and trends from 2015.

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