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Hospitals explore a new approach to MRSA and VRE: Eliminating contact precautions
Amid mounting evidence that contact precautions may not be necessary to prevent the transmission of certain infections, experts are calling for hospitals to reconsider what has been a staple of infection prevention guidelines for decades.
In the most recent study, published in the July issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology (ICHE), researchers at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) Health found that discontinuing contact precautions for patients with MRSA and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE), coupled with the expanded use of chlorhexidine gluconate, had a negligent impact on the rate of infections.
Lessons learned in the fallout of Virginia Mason's accreditation struggles
A preliminary denial offers a stark reminder that even top-rated hospitals are not immune to survey deficiencies
What do rankings mean for patient safety?
Just as it has every year for the last 26 years, U.S. News & World Report recently released its hospital rankings for 2016-2017. This year, the organization named Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, the best hospital in the country.
Hospital rankings from U.S. News & World Report have been an annual staple for decades, designed to help consumers make "smart, well informed choices" about where they receive care. But the publication has been joined by a growing number of rating and scoring organizations?including, for the first time this year, the federal government.
Despite several months of pushback, including a letter signed by 60 U.S. senators urging delay, CMS released its "Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating" system, which rates every hospital in the country on a scale of one to five stars based on the hospital's performance on 64 quality measures.
New resources aim to simplify stewardship implementation
A finalized Joint Commission standard, along with proposed CMS regulations, place more emphasis on program leadership and providing resources for measurement and action
Patient identification deficiencies plague quality of care
Patient misidentification has become a primary concern for both IT professionals and patient safety leaders
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