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Patient Safety is Public Health

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Guest Author: Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS President and CEO, National Patient Safety Foundation It is difficult to begin any discussion of patient safety in the United States without mentioning the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System. Released in December 1999, the report brought public attention Read More >

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New Data Tool: Antibiotic Resistance Patient Safety Atlas

Scott Fridkin, MD

Author: Dr. Scott Fridkin As part of last week’s Vital Signs release, CDC launched—for the first time—a web app with interactive data on healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The Antibiotic Resistance Patient Safety Atlas makes percent resistance data reported to National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) from 2011 to 2014 accessible in a customizable, Read More >

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Antibiotic-resistant Infections in Healthcare: Protect Every Patient, Every Time

Dr. Denise Cardo

Author: Dr. Denise Cardo This month’s Vital Signs report focuses on protecting patients from healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and antibiotic-resistant infections. It reveals a concerning fact that many HAIs are caused by urgent or serious antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The data show the U.S. has made progress in preventing some HAIs in acute care settings. However, the report Read More >

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Convinced They are Doing the Right Things…

Pamela Dembski Hart BS MT ASCP CHSP

Guest Author: Pamela Dembski Hart BS MT ASCP CHSP Founder and Principal, Healthcare Accreditation Resources LLC Plymouth, MA In my last blog post, I discussed the differences between reality and perception when it comes to what safe injection/infection control practices are — and are not. So, how do we get every healthcare worker on the Read More >

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You Won’t Believe The Things I See. And Hear.

Pamela Dembski Hart BS MT ASCP CHSP

Guest Author: Pam Dembski-Hart, BS, MT, ASCP, CHSP Founder and Principal, Healthcare Accreditation Resources LLC Plymouth, MA They greet me at the facility door with a handshake and a cheerful comment, “We’re pretty sure we’re OK!” And that’s when I cringe and prepare myself. Because many of them – even with the best of intentions Read More >

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