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Matthew W Lawrence, James Blanks, Ruben Ayala, Douglas Talk, Diana Macian, Jessie Glasser, Joel M Schofer
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to determine the hospital-wide incidence of bacterial contamination of point-of-care (bedside) ultrasound probes and coupling gel at a single academic medical center to predict the risk of nosocomial spread of infection. METHODS: Bacterial cultures were performed on all point-of-care ultrasound probe surfaces and associated gel bottles in our institution (82 total probes in 9 separate departments). This process was repeated every 2 weeks for a total of 8 weeks; therefore, each probe was cultured 4 times during the study period...
March 2014: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Franziska Zúñiga, Dietmar Ausserhofer, Jan P H Hamers, Sandra Engberg, Michael Simon, René Schwendimann
OBJECTIVES: To describe care worker-reported quality of care and to examine its relationship with staffing variables, work environment, work stressors, and implicit rationing of nursing care. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING: National, randomly selected sample of Swiss nursing homes, stratified according to language region and size. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 4311 care workers of all educational backgrounds (registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nurse aides) from 402 units in 155 nursing homes completed a survey between May 2012 and April 2013...
October 1, 2015: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
Bradley V Watts, Yinong Young-Xu, Peter D Mills, Joseph M DeRosier, Jan Kemp, Brian Shiner, William E Duncan
CONTEXT: Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. While suicides occurring during psychiatric hospitalization represent a very small proportion of the total number of suicides, these events are highly preventable owing to the controlled nature of the environment. Many methods have been proposed, but no interventions have been tested. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of identification and abatement of hazards on inpatient suicides in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA)...
June 2012: Archives of General Psychiatry
Judene Bartley, Andrew J Streifel
We review the context of the environment of care in the intensive care unit setting in relation to patient safety and quality, specifically addressing healthcare-associated infection issues and solutions involving interdisciplinary teams. Issues addressed include current and future architectural design and layout trends, construction trends affecting intensive care units, and prevention of construction-associated healthcare-associated infections related to airborne and waterborne risks and design solutions...
August 2010: Critical Care Medicine
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