Tag: Performance Improvement

The Joint Commission, AHA launch Comprehensive Heart Attack Center certification program

Editor's Note The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association, on April 20, announced the launch of a Comprehensive Heart Attack Center certification program, which recognizes hospitals providing care to the most complex and critically ill patients. To be certified, hospitals must provide 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week on-site coverage for primary percutaneous…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 21, 2022
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Rates of COVID-19 infection in unvaccinated adults with prior COVID-19

Editor's Note This study from the University of Chicago finds that unvaccinated adults with prior COVID-19 infection had an 85% lower risk of acquiring COVID-19 again than unvaccinated adults without prior COVID-19. The researchers analyzed data from patients tested for COVID-19 at 1,300 sites of care in 6 western states…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 21, 2022
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The Joint Commission announces 2021 Eisenberg Award recipients

Editor's Note The Joint Commission and National Quality Forum, on April 20, announced the 2021 recipients of the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards, which recognize major achievements by individuals and organizations to improve patient safety and healthcare quality. The awardees are: Individual Achievement Awardee: Hardeep Singh, MD,…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 21, 2022
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Proteins in saliva aid in detecting COVID-19, predicting severe illness

Editor's Note Researchers from the University of Utah Health, who have identified a family of proteins that are significantly elevated in the saliva of hospitalized COVID-19 patients, presented their findings at American Physiological Society annual meeting, held during the Experimental Biology 2022 meeting in Philadelphia April 4. The proteins, named…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 6, 2022
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Bacterial contamination of HCWs smartphones before, during COVID-19

Editor's Note This German study finds that bacterial contamination of healthcare workers’ (HCWs’) smartphones can be a source of cross-contamination, and cleaning intensity increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. Of 295 HCWs (99 in 2012 and 196 in 2021) from 26 wards comprising 19 different specialties included in the analysis, bacterial…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 4, 2022
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The Joint Commission announces new Accelerate PI Dashboard Reports for ASCs, NCCs

Editor's Note The Joint Commission, on March 30, announced the availability of new Accelerate PI Dashboard Reports for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and nursing care centers (NCCs). The Reports provide updated performance measurement data on a select subset of quality measures. The ASC reports contain data through the fourth quarter…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 31, 2022
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The Joint Commission announces new Direct Data Submission Platform

Editor's Note The Joint Commission, on March 30, announced that it had contracted with Dynamic Health IT to help develop a new Direct Data Submission Platform (DDSP) and electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) engine. The DDSP will facilitate submission of quality measurement data directly to The Joint Commission from approximately…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 31, 2022
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Racial disparities in COVID-19 outcomes of cancer patients

Editor's Note This multi-center study by cancer centers across the US finds that having cancer and COVID-19 is associated with worse outcomes in Black patients compared with White patients. Of 3,506 patients included in the analysis, 1,068 (30%) were Black and 2,438 (70%) were White. At the time of COVID-19…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 28, 2022
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Move Well: Teaching OR staff to avoid musculoskeletal injuries

Nurses have the highest incidence of work-related musculoskeletal injuries in the US, and OR nurses have the highest incidence among all nursing specialties. Estimates in the literature say more than 50% report chronic back pain, and 10% must leave their profession entirely because of back injuries. It is also estimated…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
March 25, 2022
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10-year outcomes of off-pump vs on-pump CABG in Department of Veterans Affairs patients

Editor's Note This multi-center, randomized, clinical trial that compares on-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) with off-pump CABG finds no advantage for off-pump CABG. A total of 2,203 veterans were randomly assigned to off-pump (1,104) or on-pump (1,099) CABG procedures at 18 VA medical centers, and the veterans were then…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 17, 2022
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