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  • Hand hygiene programs make a difference against HAIs

    Monitoring systems and behavioral initiatives can significantly increase adherence to hand hygiene protocols in health care facilities, reducing risk of health care associated infections, and boosting patient safety. Studies have shown that poor hand hygiene adherence results in higher rates of Clostridioides difficile infection, and improving hygiene practices is tied to lower rates of central line-associated bloodstream and surgical site infections. A Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center initiative incentivizes staff to follow good hygiene practices. Infection Control Today (7/9) Learn More

  • Standardized surgical quality program improves outcomes

    Standardized team-based and disease-based clinical programs and compliance with hospital-level regulatory metrics improve surgical patient outcomes, according to the last study in a three-part review of the American College of Surgeons' Quality Verification Program published in the Journal of the ACS. Standardized care protocols were associated with shorter hospital stays and lower costs; multidisciplinary disease-based management programs were associated with lower in-hospital mortality rates; and compliance with regulatory standards and accreditation programs was associated with lower surgical site infection risks. Healthcare Innovation (7/10) Learn More

  • Immune system may offer clues on human H5N1 infection

    Researchers are looking at how the immune system responds to influenza for insights into who may be the most vulnerable should there be an H5N1 human pandemic. Older adults may be less vulnerable than younger people, but many people do not have a past exposure that would provide protection, making them easier targets for infection. Nature (7/9) Learn More

  • Preventing cyberattacks from compromising care

    Many hospitals are unprepared for the disruptions and outages caused by cyberattacks, and there are few government standards or protocols in place to guard patient safety, cybersecurity experts say. Some lawmakers have begun discussing solutions to avert serious care disruptions like those caused by recent attacks. KFF Health News (7/9) Learn More

  • Expert: AI, remote monitoring have a place in cardiology

    Dr. Thomas Maddox of BJC HealthCare and the Washington University School of Medicine gave an ACC.24 presentation and an interview on the rise of remote monitoring and AI in cardiology. Maddox spoke about subjects like ambient technology that uses sensors in the home to monitor a person's biometrics, and the use of AI to record health events, track remote monitoring data, alert clinicians when thresholds are passed, and look for arrhythmias and worsening heart failure symptoms. Cardiovascular Business (7/3) Learn More

  • PET identifies coronary plaques at risk of rupture

    A study published in JACC found that sodium fluoride PET imaging, used to show calcified areas on coronary plaques, may identify which plaques are at risk of rupturing and causing myocardial infarctions. "The implication of this is that we may be able to treat patients with vulnerable plaques with increased lipid lowering and anti-inflammatory therapies to reduce their risk," said researcher Dr. David Newby. Medscape (7/9) Learn More

  • Women have higher coronary bypass graft failure rate

    Coronary bypass graft failure may be more likely in female patients than males, as reported in JACC. Findings underline the need for sex-specific treatment in this area, and researchers noted the importance of including more female subjects in studies. Curtin University (Australia) (7/10) Learn More


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