Patient Safety Improving, CDC Reports

ATLANTA — Patient safety has been improving, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

There was a 46 percent decrease in central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) between 2008 and 2013, according to a report recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. However, additional work is needed to continue to improve patient safety, the annual National and State Healthcare-associated Infection Progress Report shows.

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ECRI Institute Unveils 2015 C-Suite Watch List

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. — The ECRI Institute, based in Plymouth Meeting, released a new report on Jan. 12 that helps to identify new and emerging health technologies that could help treat patients, improve care and reduce costs. The institute’s 2015 Top 10 Hospital C-Suite Watch List looked at 10 topics for hospitals leaders to follow during the next 12 to 18 months.

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Poor Patient Hygiene Increases Hospital Infection Risk

STAMFORD, Conn. — Hospital patients may be at risk of infection due to their own poor hand hygiene, according to a new study.

A University of Toronto study, published in the October 2014 issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology entitled “Measurement of patient hand hygiene in multi-organ transplant units using a novel technology: an observational study,” analyzed the movement and behavior of staff, patients and equipment in a Toronto hospital. Researchers used the Hospital Watch Live System from Toronto-based health care IT company Infonaut.

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Moffit Cancer Center Awarded for Pest Control Measures

TAMPA, Fla. — Orkin, the IPM Institute and the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) has honored Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa with the 2014 IPM Partner Award in the health care category.

The IPM Partner Awards, now in its 11th year, honor facilities for their dedication to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) partnerships with Orkin, a subsidiary of Rollins Inc. based in Atlanta.

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