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Champions for the Cause: Using the TAP Strategy to Identify Gaps in Preventing HAIs

Shannon Davila

Shannon Davila, MSN, RN, CIC, CPHQ Director, NJHA’s Institute for Quality and Patient Safety At the Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey, an affiliate of the New Jersey Hospital Association, we are dedicated to helping our members improve patient outcomes. We strive to create a learning environment that promotes evidence-based care by featuring Read More >

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Clean Hands Count to Keep Patients Safe from Healthcare Associated Infections

Janet Glowicz, PhD, RN

Janet Glowicz, PhD, RN, Infection Preventionist CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion On any given day, about one in 31 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection. Healthcare providers who clean their hands often, provide clean care for their patients and help prevent the spread of germs that can lead to serious infections. This Read More >

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Wadsworth Center Bacteriology Laboratory

Kimberlee A. Musser, Ph.D. Chief, Bacterial Diseases Wadsworth Center, NYSDOH Souvenirs: What did you bring home from your last trip to the hospital? The stuff we carry around says a lot about us. If I were to dump my purse right now, you’d find a shell from my last trip to the ocean, a garnet Read More >

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When Prescribed Incorrectly, Lifesaving Antibiotics Can Be Dangerous, Carry Real Risks

Rachel Brummert, B.S., M.S., President of Patient Safety Impact In 2006, my doctor prescribed me Levaquin—a fluoroquinolone antibiotic—for a suspected sinus infection. A few weeks later, I ruptured my Achilles tendon while walking across a parking lot to my car. Since that time, I have suffered 24 tendon ruptures, each of which required extensive reconstructive Read More >

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A Back to Basics Approach to Prevent Infection

The Rory Staunton Foundation was established by Ciaran and Orlaith Staunton following the preventable death of their 12-year-old son, Rory, from sepsis in 2012.

Guest Author: Orlaith Staunton  Co-Founder Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention A Back to Basics Approach to Prevent Infection It was hard to see it happen. We were watching a friend’s basketball game when the young boy fell down and began to bleed from a cut on his arm. The referee sent him out of Read More >

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