Healthcare News & Insights

Copper linens, surfaces help hospital reduce infection rates

Using copper fixtures in hospitals has been shown to cut down on the spread of infection. More proof of copper’s antimicrobial properties can be found in the results of a new clinical trial – the largest of its kind in a health system. 

Infection rates don’t tell whole story with ventilator-associated pneumonia

The fight’s never over with infection prevention. More news has surfaced proving that hospitals still have work to do regarding hospital-acquired infections in patients. Even though improvements have been made, facilities can’t get comfortable with their progress just yet. 

Perception doesn’t always match reality with safety culture surveys

Many hospitals pride themselves on having a culture that promotes patient safety. But this mindset may not be as effective in keeping patients safe from harm as it seems on the surface. According to new research, outcomes may not be much better in hospitals with a self-proclaimed safety culture after all. 

New Leapfrog report: More work needed to prevent infections

In the battle against hospital-acquired infections, hospitals continue to make progress toward preventing them from happening, but more needs to be done. In fact, one out of every 25 patients will contract an infection in a healthcare setting. 

New paint could stop spread of infections

When looking to prevent the spread of germs in hospitals, executives must look at all options available to disinfect facilities. If a new product delivers on its promise, one might be as simple as putting a fresh coat of paint on hospital walls. 

Specialized hospital garments help reduce infections?

A major focus of all hospitals is how they can reduce/eliminate hospital acquired infections. One hospital has taken a major step to do just that by buying new hospital garments for its staff. 

How to reduce germs in your hospital, one stethoscope at a time

While hand-washing has been promoted as one of the best ways to stop germs from sickening patients in hospitals, other supplies and equipment your clinicians use need to be clean, too – like your stethoscopes.

Patient safety strategies hospitals should implement now

Every time you turn around there’s another study on how you can improve patient care and safety at your hospital. But how do you know which strategies really work, which ones will be good for your facility and which you should implement first?

Copper may be key to reducing hospital-acquired infections

Hospitals have to get creative and use all available resources in the battle to prevent patients from contracting hospital-acquired infections. One interesting technique that’s been proven to reduce infections: putting copper objects in hospital rooms.

Safety program reduces hospital-acquired bloodstream infections

A government patient safety project has reduced the instance of hospital-acquired bloodstream infections by 40% nationwide – and the program can be easily replicated at your hospital.