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Having a certified and thoroughly trained sterile processing staff is no longer just desirable but mandatory at a growing number of healthcare facilities.

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Clostridium difficile in the Healthcare Environment

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The incidence of pediatric C. diff infections (CDIs) has increased dramatically over the last 2 decades, with a 12.5-fold increase in overall incidence and an 80% rise in CDI-related hospitalizations. According to a multistate prevalence survey of healthcare–associated infections published in the New England Journal of Medicine, a total of 481 pathogens were reported to account for 73.8% HAIs. Among the 481 pathogens, C. diff was the most common, responsible for 12.1% of reported HAIs.

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Medical supply economics in 2018 and beyond

In a time when quality of care impacts reimbursement and reimbursement affects quality care,...

10 unexpected realities nurses face

When I decided to become a nurse, I didn’t have a clue. I wasn’t...

Harmonic inversion

Amazon executives spent the better part of the last few years researching and studying the healthcare industry – covertly and overtly – in an effort to learn how the company might venture to “do it better.” Let them.

Getting serious about infection prevention:Tips for evaluating your...

In last week’s post we examined the human and financial toll of hospital acquired...

Getting serious about infection prevention: Tips for evaluating...

One hospital acquired infection (HAI) at any given facility is too many. HAIs hurt...

August 2018 Product Picks

Sterile processing labeling system, Powered respirator, Disposable single-patient stethoscope, Portable breast ultrasound system, Single nasal cannula

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Having a certified and thoroughly trained sterile processing staff is no longer just desirable but mandatory at a growing number of healthcare facilities.

Piedmont pushes performance measures beyond their limits

For their resilience, resolve and return on investment, Healthcare Purchasing News chose Piedmont Healthcare Supply Chain team as the 2018 Supply Chain Department of the Year.

Piedmont’s Supply Chain team shares milestones, mindsets that motivate success in...

Piedmont Healthcare’s Joe Colonna, VP, Supply Chain, discusses his team’s attitudes, motivations, and valuable insights on what helps them succeed.

Suppliers ignite, reinforce Piedmont’s winning ways

Find out which suppliers helped Piedmont Healthcare – HPN’s Supply Chain Department of the Year – reach award-winning status.

Striving for single source of truth

Piedmont Healthcare’s award-winning Supply Chain team’s single, standardized item master provides a set of standards for all facilities in the system to follow.

Piedmont basks in biomed glory, glow

In an effort to take more ownership in its biomedical engineering, capital equipment and diagnostic imaging assets and operations, Piedmont Healthcare opted to bring all of it in-house.

Supply Chain leaves stamp on quality, physician business

Piedmont Healthcare’s award-winning Supply Chain team sits on the IDN’s Quality, Safety and Service committee to work on reducing HAIs and other inpatient-hospital quality measures through products and services.

The terror of medical errors

Experts weigh in on why medical errors occur and what healthcare facilities must do to prevent never events.

PRODIGY study could confirm first-ever reliable predictor of OIRD in hospitalized...

New PRODIGY trial aims to help clinicians with a validated respiratory depression-risk prediction scoring tool — the first of its kind — for adult hospital patients receiving opioids..

A feeling for healing

There is no one-size-fits-all wound dressing. Today’s advanced technology allows for dressings and systems tailored for all types of skin and wound needs.

Sterilization quality control in the clinic setting

AUGUST 2018
CBSPD Expiration: July 31, 2023
IAHCSMM Expiration: July 5, 2021

SPD staffing, training, supervision not a one-person job

Sterile Processing expert Ray Taurasi responds to a frustrated SPD manager about staff shortages, lack of leadership and support, ill-trained, overworked techs and other stresses.

Plan ahead for your best CS Week celebration

International Central Service Week is rapidly approaching (October 7-13, 2018), and now’s the time begin planning to honor the profession and make the very most of those dedicated seven days.

Defining ‘priority’ a flexible point of view

For a hospital that may be effectively and efficiently managing its freight and shipping expenses, what percent of its shipments should be Next Day Air or Priority Overnight?

Freight-shipping indicators to track and trace

Logistics executives share key indicators Supply Chain should monitor when it comes to freight/shipping expenses, including total freight cost, cost per shipment, service level shipped, frequency of products ordered.

Freight-shipping audit frequency tips

Logistics executives discuss auditing frequency of inbound and outbound freight and shipping costs with a mix of views spanning the spectrum.

Winning in the freight escape

Logistics executives to share success stories of cost effectiveness by customers managing their freight and shipping operations well.

Harmonic inversion

Amazon executives spent the better part of the last few years researching and studying the healthcare industry – covertly and overtly – in an effort to learn how the company might venture to “do it better.” Let them.

Fighting back during the year of the Perfect Storm(s)

Supply chain consultant Fred Cranz describes how healthcare providers around the country scrambled to survive during several natural disasters.

2018 Healthcare Supply Chain Trends/Issues

Are suppliers and providers of medical products and care — which together can influence cost, quality and outcomes — working in concert to achieve system goals?

August is prime time for UDI

It’s August, which means it’s time for AHRMM18 and for those interested in what’s happening in the industry around the adoption and use of UDIs, there’s plenty on the agenda.

A look back as we look ahead to best practice adoption

In his last HPN column, veteran supply chain expert David S. Kaczmarek muses on supply chain successes and what new generations coming into the field need to do to achieve success.

The great freight debate

In healthcare organizations, freight and shipping remains a necessary tactic, similar to distribution. But high freight and shipping costs may indicate a deeper problem. Supply chain experts weigh in.

ICD-11: Classifying disease to map the way we live and die

There are few truer snapshots of a country’s well being than its health statistics. While broad economic indicators such as Gross Domestic Product may...

Hall of Fame for Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership salutes 7 honorees...

Bellwether League Inc., the Hall of Fame for Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership, elected 7 innovators, pioneers and visionaries for their industry contributions and performance...

Premier Inc. announces inaugural members in SURPASS

Premier Inc. has announced 11 health systems to serve as core members of its SURPASS highly committed purchasing program (Synergizing for Unparalleled Results in...

Fast Stats

August 2018

The move to ICD-11

The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) is the bedrock for health statistics. The ICD provides a common vocabulary for recording, reporting and monitoring health problems regardless of what country a patient lives in or language spoken. In June the WHO released its 11th revision: the ICD-11. With 7.4 billion people speaking nearly 7,000 languages, if a doctor in another country cannot read a person’s medical records, at least they will know what the ICD code means.

18 years

is how long ago the ICD-10 was launched and with over a decade in the making, the new ICD-11 version is a vast improvement.

January 1, 2022

is the day that the World Health Assembly has chosen for ICD-11 adoption to go into effect. However, adoption won’t happen overnight as thousands of coders from healthcare organizations of all types and sizes will
require retraining.

1,673

participants are taking part in 112,383 code assignments.

31

is the number of countries involved in ICD-11 field testing.

55,000

is the number of codes in ICD-11 vs. 14,400 in ICD-10.


Source: World Health Organization, 2018.

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