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Journal Article > Commentary
Munoz-Price LS, Banach DB, Bearman G, et al. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2015;36:747-758.
This expert guidance provides recommendations to help hospitals develop policies to reduce the spread of health care–associated infections by individuals visiting patients in isolation. The authors discuss contact precautions and outline specific conditions where these suggestions should be employed.
Legislation/Regulation > Sentinel Event Alerts
Sentinel Event Alert. June 16, 2014;(52):1-6.
The Joint Commission has issued a sentinel event alert regarding infections caused by the misuse of vials, prompted by at least 49 outbreaks related to this problem since 2001. The reuse of single-dose vials has resulted in documented transmission of bacteria and hepatitis B and C viruses. Most outbreaks occurred in hospitals, but a large number of cases also came from outpatient pain management and cancer clinics. More than 150,000 patients required notification and further testing due to concern of potential exposure to unsafe injections. This alert outlines recommendations and potential strategies for improvement, including resources related to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) One & Only Campaign, which promotes using "one needle, one syringe, only one time." The report also emphasizes teaching safe practices and establishing safety culture. CDC has previously issued guidelines on appropriate use of single-dose vials.
Journal Article > Commentary
Ellingson K, Haas JP, Aiello AE, et al. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2014;35:937-960.
Hand hygiene adherence is a key target for improving patient safety. This guideline offers an overview of evidence-based strategies to monitor and promote hand hygiene, including resources developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization's "5 moments" program. The authors provide detailed practice recommendations to increase hand hygiene compliance as a way to reduce health care–associated infections.
Legislation/Regulation > Organizational Policy/Guidelines
DeCamp M, Joffe S, Fernandez CV, Faden RR, Unguru Y; Working Group on Chemotherapy Drug Shortages in Pediatric Oncology. Pediatrics. 2014;133:e716-e724.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL: Joint Commission; May 17, 2011.
This announcement reveals the new National Patient Safety Goal for 2012, which aims to reduce catheter-acquired infections in hospitals.
Yokoe DS, Mermel LA, Anderson DJ, et al. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2008;29:901-994.
Health care–associated infections (HAIs) remain the most common adverse event affecting patients while hospitalized and after discharge. However, applying patient safety techniques as well as traditional infection control methods has resulted in significant successes in curbing these infections. This practice guideline, developed by the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, summarizes preventive interventions and implementation strategies for prevention of the four most common HAIs (catheter-related bloodstream infection, ventilator-associated pneumonia, catheter-associated urinary tract infection, and surgical site infection). Evidence-based recommendations are also provided for limiting the transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and preventing Clostridium difficile infections.