Becker's Clinical Quality & Infection Control

Becker's Infection Control March 2016

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March 2016 • Vol. 2016 No. 2 Also Inside High Nurse Staffing Ratios Linked With Reduced Patient Mortality p. 9 4 Key Elements of Early Sepsis Recognition & Response p. 26 Special Section on Sterile Processing & Reprocessing starting on p. 29 BECKER'S Infection Control & Clinical Quality Featured Are Hand Dryers Doing More Harm Than Good? p. 8 Top 10 Sentinel Events in 2015 p. 33 Inside the University of Chicago's Medical Center's Antibiotic Stewardship Program p. 34 Becker's Hospital Review 5 th Annual CEO + CFO Roundtable November 8-9, 2016 Swissotel | Chicago, Illinois 59 Leading Hospital & Health System CEO & 27 CFOs Speaking 103 Great Health System Executives Speaking 165 Speakers Total Speaking on 5 Tracks & 74 Sessions To learn more & register, visit SAVE THE DATE Nurses: The Closest Thing to a Silver Bullet in Boosting Hand Hygiene Compliance 5 Things to Know About Communication Errors, Nurses & Patient Safety Checking in After an Outbreak: How Virginia Mason Overhauled its Scope Reprocessing Practices See the full story on page 5. See the full story on page 29. See the full story on page 9. If there is one group of clinicians that is particularly pivotal to the success of any quality improvement initiative — including those regarding hand hygiene compliance — it's the nurses who work on the front lines of patient care. Involving nurses has been a core tenent of the hand hygiene efforts at Mayo Clinic Florida in Jacksonville for years. Based on internal hand hygiene audits at the institution, compliance tends to hover between 95 and 100 percent, according to Deb Harrison, DNP, RN, CNO of Mayo Clinic Florida. Andrew Ross, MD, section head of gastro- enterology at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, spoke with Becker's about why standard guidelines for cleaning endoscopes fall short and why hospitals are in a tough position when it comes to scope reprocessing. Approximately one-third of mal- practice cases involving nursing cite a breakdown in communication, accord- ing to the recently published "Malprac- tice Risks in Communication Failures: 2015 Annual Benchmarking Report".

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