What’s a Hospital To Do?

Can your hospital afford a five million dollar reduction in revenues this year?  You’ve got really deep pockets if you can.  That’s what a hospital with 50 million dollars in annual Medicare inpatient revenue would be looking at with the new payment reforms and un-reimbursable extended stays associated with Healthcare Acquired Infections(HAIs).  That’s this year. …

Outside the Box…

We tend to think of germs being passed along by sick people confined at home or in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.  So this story is a little surprising.  Dateline: Washington State- Travelling soccer team struck down by Norovirus.  You don’t think of a bunch of healthy teenage girls playing soccer in a tournament as…

Warring with C.diff

They say that there is more than one way to skin a cat, and controlling C-diff in a healthcare setting also requires a multi-faceted game plan. Parts of the plan should include antibiotic protocols, standard precautions, contact precautions and care of the environment. Every facility should develop programs that encourage the proper use of antibiotics.…