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Amazon Rising

Instead of expending energy and resources devising ways to defend against Amazon’s perceived encroachment on healthcare service providers, let Amazon do the heavy lifting as the first mover and follow their lead?

Addressing change fatigue

Most healthcare leaders acknowledge clinician burnout has reached a tipping point, according to a...

April 2018 Product Picks

Scrub management system, Shared decision-making playbook, Post-free distraction system for hip arthroscopy, Wearable locater system, Healthcare mobile computer

inside the current issue - April 2018

Keep supply lines fluid

Supply chain executives with deep ties to the non-acute care segment list and explain some of the obvious and obscure supply chain challenges unique to the non-acute or outpatient segment.

Tips, tools for managing ambulatory / outpatient facility supply chain

Supply chain executives working in the ambulatory/outpatient arena discuss ways to help an ASC or outpatient facility/department improve its supply chain operations.

Clinical assessments help ASC’s reach target goals

Clinical assessments help ambulatory surgical centers discover hidden opportunities for growth and success.

Savvy scheduling in the surgical suite

OR clinicians and scheduling system manufacturers discuss scheduling challenges, best practices and modern scheduling systems that help increase volume while keeping surgical cases on track.

Technology takes the lead in reducing sepsis

When sepsis is suspected, minutes count. Early detection, treatment, and quick and easy communication among caregivers is critical.

The elevation revelation

HPN’s annual salary survey shows most in the sterile processing profession want higher pay and greater recognition of their role in patient care and safety among healthcare organization leaders.

Secrets to a successful career in Sterile Processing

Seasoned sterile processing professionals share what CS/SPD employees can do to advance the field, climb the career ladder and achieve salary gains.

The science of speed

Today’s rapid readout biological indicators
APRIL 2018
CBSPD Expiration: March 31, 2023
IAHCSMM Expiration: March 9, 2021

Soaking solutions; hand sanitizer violations; identifying mysterious gray stains

Ray Taurasi fields questions from sterile processing professionals about how to soak instruments properly, using the right hand sanitizer, and identifying the source of stains on equipment and supplies.

Step up to IAHCSMM Fellowship

IAHCSMM is calling upon qualified members and sterile processing professionals to apply for its Fellowship program.

Anatomy of a surgical suite

Just as healthcare facilities have witnessed numerous ergonomic improvements and technological developments in beds and patient transport equipment in recent decades, they surely have noticed similar developments in the workhorses of the OR: tables, lights and booms.

Sweet surgical suite

Here’s a listing of some of the latest surgical innovations in tables, lights and beds for the OR

Amazon Rising

Instead of expending energy and resources devising ways to defend against Amazon’s perceived encroachment on healthcare service providers, let Amazon do the heavy lifting as the first mover and follow their lead?

Is offsite sterile processing for me?

Here are eight important factors to consider before moving your sterile processing operations offsite.

Value-based healthcare demands a new approach to item data management

Regulatory and market demands for more real world evidence on product performance as well as new reimbursement structures will influence how providers manage product item data now and in the future.

The long tail of Supply Chain’s expense continuum

How you look at products, services and technologies’ utilization could be the difference between your organization continuing to be profitable in the new healthcare economy we all live and work in.

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Fast Stats

April 2018

In 2015, 28,486 unintentional deaths related to falls occurred among people aged 65 and older, which represented a rate of nearly 60 unintentional fall deaths per 100,000 men and women aged 65 and older.

Those who fell were significantly more likely to be female, Caucasian, older, and lower income. Fallers also had significantly lower self-rated health and reported more chronic conditions.


of adults aged 65 and older fall each year.


of those who fall seek medical care.

$754 million

is the estimated medical costs associated with fatal falls in 2015.


of older adults reported a non-fatal fall in
the past year; 52% fell once, 21% fell twice, and 24% fell three or more times.

$12.9 billion

of hospital expenditures (4.4%) were attributable to older adult falls.


of Medicare expenditures and 8% of Medicaid expenditures were
attributable to falls.

$49.5 billion

in total healthcare spending was attributable to falls in 2015, including expenditures of $28.9 billion for Medicare, $8.7 billion for Medicaid, and $12 billion for other
payment sources.

Source: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, March 7, 2018.

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