CDC Says MRSA Reductions Have Stalled: Have we hit the limit of human processes?

by Erica Mitchell | March 8 2019

Just a week before the beginning of Patient Safety Week 2019, a disheartening report has come out of the CDC showing that no significant reductions in national MRSA rates have been seen since 2013. While previous years had seen an average of 17% reductions annually, this progress slowed to 7% per year from 2013-2016. The CDC's conclusions? We'll explore them in today's post.

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What are micro-hospitals?

by Erica Mitchell | March 1 2019

A new trend in hospital design has been popping up in the past few years: Micro-hospitals. As our nation's health care options grow, incorporating more satellite facilities, ambulatory centers, and specialized hospitals, the need for new, huge acute care hospitals has shifted to smaller models. In today's post, we'll look at the most common description of one of the smallest types of emerging facilities and some possible implications for infection control and prevention.

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3 Key Differences Between White Papers and Scientific Papers

by Erica Mitchell | February 23 2019

The term "white paper" comes to us from a 100-year-old practice of government reporting in the UK. When government agencies provided data to Parliament to help them make decisions, they would offer three different types: Very long, comprehensive documents with a blue cover, open-ended reports with a green cover, and short, focused reports on a single topic with white covers. This last type, the concise document with information to solve a problem, came to be the formula for what is now known in many industries as a "white paper." Today, white papers are produced for sales purposes by for-profit companies, making them a marketing tool that can often be confused with a neutral scientific paper. While both publications have their purpose, it is important that the consumer know how they differ. Today we will compare these two documents to see beyond the surface similarities and become aware of the important differences.

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KonMari in the Hospital Room

by Erica Mitchell | February 13 2019

The newest Netflix break-out star isn’t an actress, a chef, or a comedian. She’s Marie Kondo, an expert at helping people declutter, organize, and thereby change their lives. One of Kondo’s key ideas, one that is essential to her signature protocol called the KonMari method, is “Tidying is the act of confronting yourself; cleaning is the act of confronting nature.” How could this philosophy that has so inspired the general public be applied to the hospital room? That is the goal of today’s post.

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American Medical Hero: William A. Hinton

by Erica Mitchell | February 8 2019

February marks a month to celebrate the vital role of African-Americans in our nation's history. Today, we will take some time to recognize an incredible individual who left a tremendous legacy in the world of microbiology, saving countless lives in the process. Please join us as we remember Dr. William A. Hinton, researcher, physician, mentor, and leader.

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Black History Month: Leaders in Microbiology

by Erica Mitchell | February 2 2019

As Black History Month begins, we want to take some time to celebrate the countless contributions by African-American physicians, scientists, researchers and advocates in the world of infection control and prevention. In today's post, we'll highlight 5 leaders who made a enormous scientific contributions to the field.

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New Years' Resolutions and Hand Hygiene: How To Make Changes Last

by Erica Mitchell | January 25 2019

The third Monday may not actually be "the saddest day in the year," but chances are, those of us who made New Years' resolutions may be starting to see some cracks in our willpower right about now. Any change in behavior, from exercising more to, say, washing your hands more, represents a personal struggle of transformation that does not happen easily. In today's post, we'll look at some of the current research on making those resolutions last and apply them to the leading behavioral obstacle that results in healthcare associated infections: Hand hygiene.

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Opioids and Outbreaks: Deadly Companions

by Erica Mitchell | January 18 2019

Well before the current administration recognized the opioid crisis as a national public health emergency, healthcare workers have been aware of the spike in opioid-related hospitalizations and deaths. Recently, the general public is beginning to learn the shocking statistics: 68% of overdose deaths in 2017 were opioid-related, six times higher than in 1999. On average, 130 Americans die each day from an opioid overdose. In today's post, we examine how this growing crisis has, and will continue to, impact infection control and prevention efforts.

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What is The Chargemaster?

by Erica Mitchell | January 11 2019

With the new year came a new transparency to health care: The public posting of prices by hospitals across the nation. The idea was to help consumers make better financial choices about their healthcare and motivate hospitals to make prices more competitive. But as hospitals begin to roll out their price lists, what consumers are accessing is not a neat menu of options, but rather a door to a complex, changing world of codes, acronyms, and abbreviations known as The Chargemaster.

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2019 Healthcare Trends

by Erica Mitchell | January 4 2019

The New Year could not be complete without a range of predictions about the 12 months to come. In today's post, we'll bring together five of the leading predictions for healthcare and reflect on their possible impact on hospital infection control.

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