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Surgical Site Infection Prevention: Four Components of Care

Surgical Site Infection Prevention: Four Components of Care

The Affordable Care Act sought to slow the growth of healthcare costs and improve patient outcomes. A key component of this aim was the establishment of value-based purchasing, which rewards or penalizes facilities that receive Medicare and Medicaid payments based on performance metrics like Prevention Quality Indicators and Patient Safety Indicators which examine readmission rates and Heathcare-Acquired Infection rates to determine payment schedules for facilities. HAIs represent nearly 10 percent of inpatient costs in the United States and are one of the Affordable Care Act's top priorities. Surgical Site infections account for nearly 20 percent of all HAIs, and since HAI rates alone can reduce government payments to hospitals for Medicare patients by up to 3 percent, it is imperative that caregivers have access to the products and information needed to keep themselves and patients safe, while saving hospitals and taxpayers money.


The World Health Organization recommends Four Components of Surgical Care which are vital in preventing surgical site infections. Click ahead to read about these four components.

The Benefits of Antimicrobial Technology in Healthcare Facilities

The Benefits of Antimicrobial Technology in Healthcare Facilities

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is estimated that each year two million hospital patients contract a Healthcare Associated Infection, costing the hospitals an estimated $45 billion and leading to 100,000 patient deaths.


Patient outcomes and staff safety are top priorities for hospitals. But harmful microbes such as C. diff (which causes antibiotic-associated diarrhea) and MRSA make it difficult for medical facilities to protect patients and staff against cross contamination. Reducing the risk of infection and maintaining sanitary conditions is a major challenge, because every surface can be a breeding ground for germs and bacteria.


There have been great, recent advances in antimicrobial surface technology that can help reduce patient and staff exposure to dangerous microorganisms. Why do healthcare facilities need antimicrobial-treated products? Click ahead for the answer.

Using the WHO Glove Use Pyramid Diagram

About five percent of all patients who enter a hospital will contract an healthcare associated infection or HAI. In the United States alone, HAIs cost hospitals $35 billion per year. This is nearly ten percent of all inpatient costs. HAIs extend the average hospital stay by 18 days. According to the CDC, most HAIs are due to improper hand hygiene techniques or improper glove use.


Because these infections predominately affect patients with Medicare or Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act mandated a switch to value-based purchasing. Value based purchasing rewards or penalizes hospitals based on certain metrics including Prevention Quality Indicators like readmission rates and HAIs.


HAI rates alone can reduce government payments to hospitals for Medicare patients by up to 3 percent, so it is imperative that caregivers have access to the products and information needed to keep themselves and patients safe, while saving hospitals and taxpayers money.


Staff should always practice rigorous hand hygiene, along with following strict glove use guidelines. Click ahead for the glove use pyramid recommended by the World Health Organization and click the image for a closer look.

Flu Prevention for Facilities

Flu Prevention for Facilities

Flu prevention for facilities is an important public health concern. The conventional flu prevention for facilities guideline is simply "don't go out when you are sick." But while this is correct, there is much more to flu prevention, especially for public buildings and facilities. Collectively we can prevent the spread of the flu virus in public spaces so that life can go on uninterrupted during flu season.


Flu Prevention for Facilities

First, recommending flu vaccinations for everyone who visits your facility is a good idea. Not only does it protect the vaccinated individual, but it also protects those around the individual who could become infected. This is sometimes called herd immunity.


Next, personal hygiene is absolutely necessary. Installing respiratory hygiene stations and touchless hand sanitizer stations in public spaces of a facility will decrease the spread of viruses and other germs being transmitted from an individual to surfaces or to others. Educating visitors to these public spaces in proper flu-prevention etiquette can ensure everyone plays a role in preventing the spread of the flu. Hand hygiene is incredibly important. Educating everyone in your facility about the importance of hand hygiene is crucial.


Keep shared equipment clean and disinfected. Objects like keyboards, door handles, and exercise equipment can easily build up germs that transmit quickly from user to user. Clean these items regularly with germicidal wipes and germicidal cleaners.


Finally, flu prevention for facilities returns to the general warning, "don't go out." Specifically, it is important to advise people who are already infected with the flu to stay home. Creating a culture where staying home sick is not only acceptable but encouraged will help to create a safer space for avoiding the flu.


Following these steps can create public spaces that are safe to visit and use without the fear of contracting the flu this flu season.

5 Myths About Using Gloves

5 Myths About Using Gloves

One in every twenty patients will contract a Healthcare Associated Infection during their hospital stay. The majority of those cases are due to improper hand hygiene or glove use, according to the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.


HAI rates alone can reduce government payments to hospitals for Medicare patients by up to 3%, so it's imperative that caregivers have access to the products and information needed to keep themselves and patients safe. This saves hospitals and taxpayers money.


Click ahead for 5 Myths about glove use that your staff might be treating as fact and causing unintended harm to patients and your facility.

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Hand Hygiene & the Affordable Care Act

Hand Hygiene & the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act mandated the move to "value-based purchasing," which rewards or penalizes hospitals based on certain metrics including "Prevention Quality Indicators" like readmisison rates and Healthcare Associated Infection rates.


Improper hand hygiene practices are among the most common causes of infection. Since HAI rates alone can reduce government payments for Medicare patients by up 3%, it is imperative that caregivers have access to the products and information needed to keep themselves and patients safe, while saving hospitals and taxpayers money.


All healthcare workers should be trained extensively on the 5 moments of hand hygiene. These guidelines were developed by the World Health Organization as an evidence-based, field-tested, user-centred approach to maintaining patient and caregiver health in almost any situation. By following these guidelines, workers and patients will stay healthier. Facilities that promote 5 moment training will decrease their rates of HAIs.


Click ahead for a diagram from QuickMedical.

New: NK Medical Baby Bassinets

New: NK Medical Baby Bassinets

NK Medical baby bassinets are used every day in hospitals and neonatal clinics around the country. Novum Medical has been manufacturing NK Medical Products and other high quality medical equipment like medical baby basinets since 1985. In 1950, 88% of all births were in hospitals. 10 years earlier, only 56% of births took place there. Today, 99% of births in the United States take place inside a hospital facility. Hospitals serving obstetric patients and newborns must be equipped with medical baby bassinets, recliners , and medical beds, all of which are available at QuickMedical from Novum Medical.


The medical furniture manufactured by Novum Medical Products, Inc. are affordable choices for any size pediatric or obstetric medical facility with any size budget. For example, hospital sleeper chairs are a unique piece of medical furniture, designed to fold out into beds for your patients' family. Overnight visitors to maternity wards, emergency rooms, or even urgent care clinics will appreciate the presence of Novum's fold-out sleeper chairs.


Novum Medical and it's NK line of medical equipment and medical furniture is available online at QuickMedical. Order online or call for more information about outfitting your facility with both Novum and NK medical furniture.

What is Hospital Value-Based Purchasing?

The federal agency that runs Medicare is changing the way Medicare pays for hospital care by rewarding hospitals for delivering high quality service. Medicare uses information about how the quality of a hospital's care affects the payments it gets from Medicare. The Hospital VBP Program, established by the Affordable Care Act, is a pay-for- performance approach to the payment system that accounts for the largest share of Medicare spending. Hospital Value Based Purchasing which adjusts portions of payments to hospitals from Medicare has already started. The adjustments are based on how well a hospital performs on several measures compared to other hospitals and how much the individual hospitals improve their performance during a baseline period.


Hospitals are ranked by a total performance score, which is made up of the Clinical Process of Care domain score, the Patient Experience of Care domain score, and the Outcome domain score. These are not weighed equally in the overall score. The Clinical Process of care domain is weighted to 45% of the Total Performance Score, while the Patient Experience of Care domain is ranked at 30%, while the Outcome domain score is 25% of the score.


According to Medicare, "the Hospital VBP Program is designed to promote better clinical outcomes for hospitalized patients and improve their experience of care during hospital stays." If your facility wishes to improve its Total Performance Score for the VBP program, many safety consultants advise strong fall and HAI prevention guidelines. Communication and patient experience are also key to keeping the Total Score high. Facilities must be designed with patient experiences in mind.


Exciting Advances in Physical Therapy

Thanks to new technology there are exciting advances being made in the world of physical therapy and physical therapy equipment. While it may look like a prop from a sci-fi movie, the Ekso suit is an incredibly helpful tool for physical rehabilitation. The suit is a hydraulically powered exoskeleton worn by patients learning to walk again. In progressive stages the suit is designed to help some patients who cannot walk regain the ability.


In the first stage of use, the physical therapist controls the speed at which the suit "walks" for the patient using their computer. Once the patient has mastered that, the patient can take control of the suit themselves remotely. Later as they progress, patients can control the suit simply by shifting their weight, potentially walking by themselves again.


Exciting Advances in Physical Therapy

Ekso suits are extremely expensive and not yet available in every physical therapist's office. However a more common technological advancement-- the Wii gaming console-- has proven tremendously helpful for physical therapy practitioners. Using games like Wii Fit, practitioners are able to create exercise routines perfectly suited to patients' abilities. While not exoskeletons, many physical therapists are using other kinds of robotic aids which make it possible to accurately and precisely measure patient recoveries. In the past recovery assessments were based on the doctor's own ratings, today they can really be measured to a standard.


Despite these advancements in physical therapy equipment technology, most physical therapists seeking physical therapy equipment will buy traditional physical therapy equipment online at Quickmedical. Much of this physical therapy equipment-- such as sports training tables, wheelchair exercise machines, whirlpools, and staircases will be in use for a long time no matter what advances technology makes. Robotics are becoming extremely helpful physical therapy tools, but even these tools must be used in conjunction with the trusted physical therapy equipment therapists have relied on for years.