Becker's Clinical Quality & Infection Control

Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality March 2017

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March 2017 • Vol. 2017 No. 2 BECKER'S Infection Control & Clinical Quality Other Feature Stories 4 Hand Hygiene Stories Starting on p. 6 Mandatory Flu Shot Policies May Be Based on Flawed Research, Study Suggests p. 10 Accepted Endoscope Reprocessing Regimens Aren't Always Effective, Study Shows p. 12 CDC Revises Guidance on Controlling C. auris Spread in Hospitals p. 14 Rude Surgeons May Also Be Most Hazardous: 5 Study Findings p. 17 Routinely Prescribed Antibiotic May Not Be Best Severe C. diff Treatment p. 20 CMS Changed Its Overall Star Rating Formula — Here's What's New p. 24 SAVE THE DATE Zero Readmission Penalties and a 5-Star Rating: What's Behind EvergreenHealth Medical Center's Success? 13 Hospitals Warning Patients of Heater-Cooler Infection Risks In October 2016, the CDC warned hospitals that a device manufactured by LivaNova — the Stöckert 3T heater- cooler device — was spreading bacterial infections to patients. Officials urged hospitals that use the device to alert potentially affected patients. New Sepsis Treatment Guidelines: 5 Things to Know The Surviving Sepsis Guidelines were first published in 2004, with updates issued in 2008 and 2012. In January, the newest updates were released and published in Critical Care Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine. Under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, CMS has cut funding to hospitals with higher-than-expected rates of readmissions for the last five years. EvergreenHealth Medical Center in Kirkland, Wash., is one of just 318 hospitals in the nation never penalized under the program. See the full story on page 22 See the full story on page 13 See the full story on page 15 Becker's Hospital Review 8th Annual Meeting April 17-20, 2017 Hyatt Regency | Chicago, Illinois 233 Great Health System Executives Speaking 300 Speakers Total Speaking on 6 Tracks To learn more & register, visit

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