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Diligent defense against disease

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inside the current issue - June 2018

Diligent defense against disease

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HPN’s annual infection prevention buyer’s guide details some of today’s preferred products and services designed to keep patients and healthcare workers protected against HAIs.

Salary slip less a slide than a stumble

HPN’s exclusive annual survey shares salary and benefits based on experience and responsibility, industry and employer longevity, educational opportunity and location.

Data, diagnosis, drugs, and dedication

Health and industry experts weigh in on best strategies for developing and sustaining successful antibiotic stewardship programs.

Off-site need not be off-putting

Sterile processing professionals and industry experts show how to manage instruments off-site successfully with key considerations, best practices and insightful tips.

Safer scopes

JUNE 2018
CBSPD Expiration: May 31, 2023
IAHCSMM Expiration: May 10, 2021

Certification opens doors for quality, professionalism

Sterile processing professionals who are certified may have that something extra that healthcare employers are seeking: the “special ingredient” necessary for safe patient care.

Dishwashers vs. instrument washers; Reprocessing steps have unique differences

Ray Taurasi clears up some confusion about instruments washers and sterile processing terms and definitions.

Sharps safety calls for aggressive passive design

Safety-engineered devices should be the norm, not exception, advocates urge.

Understanding the point of sharps safety momentum through the years

Sharps safety advocates look back at progress made and the work that’s still needed to protect employees and patients from injury and illness.

A sharper image of safety-engineered products

Experts point to unmet needs and how current sharps safety products could be improved.

Infection Prevention’s C-Suite spot

For the patient’s path to surgery, the OR represents the destination. Supply Chain and SPD represent the journey before and afterward – and everyone is accountable.

Sterile processing in the ambulatory–outpatient setting

Several issues can arise when ambulatory surgery centers and clinics that perform sterile processing functions lack knowledgeable oversight.

The UDI world gets bigger (and more complicated)

Industry grapples with the rate of activity and complexity of complying with UDI regulations.

Smart equipment choices can help lower HAI incidents

Purchasing agents and infection preventionists should review equipment options together to integrate and arm themselves with the right tools to fight the HAI battle.

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Value-based pricing and patient access for specialty drugs

Insurers, employers, and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) bemoan high prices for specialty drugs and respond by closely managing patient access to drugs through prior...

Fast Stats

June 2018

Steps can be taken to control and prevent HAIs in a variety of settings. Research shows that when healthcare facilities, care teams, and individual doctors and nurses, are aware of infection problems and take specific steps to prevent them, rates of some targeted HAIs (e.g., CLABSI) can decrease by more than 70 percent.

50%

fewer central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) occurred between 2008 and 2016. This progress reflects outstanding collaborative efforts among healthcare providers, supported by national prevention efforts led by CDC, state health departments, AHRQ, CUSP, CMS, quality improvement networks and organizations and hospital engagement networks.

32.5 %

of Clostridium difficile Infections (CDIs) were hospital-onset events while the remaining are community-related. Community-associated CDI may be increasing, even after accounting for more sensitive testing, and at the very least it is not decreasing at the same rate as inpatient healthcare-associated CDI.

83%

of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Bacteremia events occur in the community compared to 17% of hospital-onset cases. There has been little or no decline in community-associated MRSA bacteremia, suggesting a need for a comprehensive, multidisciplinary community-based public health approach to prevention of invasive infections caused by this common skin organism that can transmit in communities.

17%

fewer surgical site infections (SSIs) were reported between 2008 and 2014

52%

of catheter-related urinary tract infections (CAUTI) among hospital patients develop in the ward and 48% happen in the intensive care unit (ICU). After some early lack of progress, there have been declines in CAUTIs over the past few years.

Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention; Healthcare-associated Infections in the United States, 2006-2016.

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