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The True Cost of HAIs is Higher Than You Think

When adjusted for inflation, healthcare-associated infection (HAIs) in U.S. acute care hospitals cost $122 – $147 billion annually in direct and indirect costs. Such staggeringly large numbers can be difficult to comprehend, but in an era of ti...

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Planned Closure of Atlanta Medical Center Will Impact Community Health

“Access to appropriate healthcare” is listed as the number one community health priority in the 2022 Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center Community Health Needs Assessment adopted by the Wellstar Board of Trustees on June 2, 2022. On August 31, 2022, ...

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What Gen Z & Millennial Nurses Need

The future of healthcare is in the hands of Millennials and Gen Z. In 2020, the median age of Registered Nurses was 52 years, according to the American Nurses Association. At that time, more than 1/5 of nurses said they planned to retire within the n...

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Monitoring the 5 Moments of Hand Hygiene May Not Be Necessary

The World Health Organization (WHO) introduced the “5 moments of hand hygiene” in 2009 to highlight the importance of hand hygiene in preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). WHO recommends that healthcare workers clean their hands at ...

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Glove Use Requires Extra Attention to Hand Hygiene

Wearing gloves – an intervention designed to protect patients and providers from pathogen exposure – is counter-intuitively associated with poor hand hygiene.  Hand hygiene rates are almost universally lower when healthcare providers use glo...

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Closing the Gap Between Hand Hygiene Perception & Reality

Healthcare workers commonly estimate their hand hygiene compliance before touching a patient to be nearly 80%. In actuality, compliance is often as low as 12%, according to a 2022 study published in the Journal of Infection Prevention. Providers simp...

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Technology Alone Can’t Keep Patients Safe: The RaDonda Vaught Case 

When a Tennessee court found nurse RaDonda Vaught guilty of criminally negligent homicide, nurses everywhere cringed. They could only too easily see themselves in Vaught’s shoes.  Vaught, an experienced intensive care nurse, accidentally admin...

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Monkeypox & COVID-19 Underscore the Importance of Contact Tracing

More than 1600 monkeypox cases were confirmed in at least 35 countries by mid-June, 2022. And though experts agree that monkeypox – a viral illness that causes fever, swollen lymph nodes, flu-like symptoms and a rash – is unlikely to cause death ...

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Leapfrog Updates Hand Hygiene Monitoring Requirement for 2022

The Leapfrog Group is offering hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers an alternative path to meeting the organization’s Hand Hygiene Standard. On March 14, 2022, Leapfrog released its Summary of Changes to the 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Survey & ...

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Nurse Reacts to Electronic Hand Hygiene System

By Jennifer L.W. Fink, RN, BSN “This? This is a thing for nurses?” TikTokker @TheNurseErica steps aside, revealing an electronic hand hygiene system. Her skepticism and sarcasm are clearly on display. And you know what? I don’t blame her. Long-...

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