Healthcare News & Insights

Infections declining in hospitals, but improvement is still needed

Good news: Facilities continue to make excellent strides with preventing hospital-acquired infections. Though there’s still a ways to go, new data shows the work hospitals have done over the past few years to improve patient safety has started to pay off. 

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.

CRE: CDC releases guidelines for leathal, drug-resistant bacteria

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is calling on all hospitals and long-term care facilities to take extra precautions when it comes to the lethal bacteria Carbapenem-resistant Enterobaceteriaceae (CRE). Reason: CRE is highly resistant to most antibiotics — even the big guns reserved as a last resort when all else fails. 

Hospitals pay more attention to HAIs to avoid losing out on big bucks

Previously, about 2 million patients a year needed treatments for healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), which had a whopping price tag of over $25 billion. To make hospitals focus on these HAIs and cut down on healthcare dollars spent, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2008 decided not to reimburse hospitals for HAIs that […] [MORE]

What puts an ER at risk of closing?

A recent study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine found three main factors put a given hospital’s emergency department at risk.

5 things doctors wish their patients did

Patients may feel their health care providers don’t communicate well, but doctors and nurses point out communication is a two-way street.

Most who start the HPV vaccine don’t finish it

New research indicates the HPV vaccine isn’t reaching its potential — simply because users aren’t getting the full regimen of shots.

More preventive care being offered in Emergency departments

A new survey confirms the vast majority of emergency departments are offering preventive services — whether or not they should is a matter of some debate.

Hospital delirium: Growing threat in geriatric care

Increasing numbers of experts are calling for “hospital delirium” prevention programs as a way to reduce this major risk to patients. 

The other side of health reform: Increased wellness initiatives

Largely unnoticed in the run-up to the recent passage of the health reform law, President Obama also has his sights on improving programs focused on disease prevention and general wellness.