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In the Know - June Awareness Dates
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~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Articles of Interest
Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score, Magnet designation, & healthcare-associated infections in U.S. hospitals.

Health care-associated infections (HAIs) are a preventable safety problem. This cross-sectional study looked at hospital factors related to HAI incidence. Investigators explored whether the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score, a composite safety score calculated from publicly reported measures, is associated with HAIs. They also examined the incidence of HAIs in hospitals with Magnet status, conferred by a nurses' trade association in recognition of a positive nursing work environment. Lower Leapfrog safety scores were associated with more Clostridium difficile infections but no differences in other HAIs, and Magnet status was associated with lower rates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection but worse than expected performance on C. difficile infections. These mixed results do not indicate a strong or consistent relationship between global measures of safety and quality and specific adverse events. A past PSNet interview with Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, discussed the development of the Hospital Safety Score.

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 Study Shows 54 Percent Drop in Infections Among Nursing Home Patients
AHRQ safety program leads to fewer catheter-associated urinary tract infections

Press Release Date: May 19, 2017
Rates of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) dropped by 54 percent across more than 400 long-term care facilities that participated in a patient safety project funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), according to a study published today in JAMA Internal Medicine.
The project adapted AHRQ's Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) for use in long-term care facilities. Data from nursing homes in 38 states were included in the new analysis. Previous AHRQ efforts to implement CUSP and other safety programs in hospitals have led to significant reductions in CAUTIs and bloodstream infections associated with central line catheters.

"We continue to see the power of AHRQ tools to help front-line staff tackle safety problems, now in nursing homes as well as hospitals," said Jeffrey Brady, M.D., M.P.H., director of AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. "This means that some of the most vulnerable members of society - those who reside in long-term care facilities and nursing homes - are less likely to be harmed as a result of infections."

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In the Know - June Awareness Dates
Monthly Awareness:
  • Cataract Awareness Month
  • Fireworks Safety Month (June 1-July 4)
  • Hernia Awareness Month
  • Men's Health Month
  • Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month
  • National Aphasia Awareness Month
  • National Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month
  • National Safety Month
  • National Scleroderma Awareness Month
  • Scoliosis Awareness Month (promoted by National Scoliosis Foundation and other scoliosis awareness foundations)
  • Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week (last week of June)
  • Men's Health Week (second week of June)
  • National Cancer Survivors Day (first Sunday of June)
  • PTSD Awareness Month
  • Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month
  • National Rip Current Awareness Week (June 5-11)
  • National Lightning Safety Awareness Week (June 19-25)
  • World Sickle Cell Day (June 19)


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