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. …

How Much Washing Does It Take?

A few drops of water.  A dab of soap.   Rinse, shake well.  Viola!  Clean hands!  Wrong! You see the signs in the bathroom- Employees must wash hands before returning to work.  You see the nurse spritz a little sanitizer on their hands.  You yourself wash hands religiously.  Right?  Sure you do.  The problem is, hardly…

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.…

Avoiding the Flu

I do not want to get the flu! What should I do? The absolute best way to stave off the flu is to get a flu vaccine each year. It doesn’t hurt at all. There are two types of flu vaccines. The nasal spray contains live, but weakened virus sometimes called LAIV for “Live Attenuated…

Is it Serious?

I don’t feel so good. The doctor says I have the flu. How bad is this stuff anyway? The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness. You may have a fever, cough, headache, runny nose, stuffy nose, body…

The Power of Touch

Mother always said, “Wash your hands after you use the restroom!” She should have added, “and after you have any kind of contact with a hospital.” Germs don’t drive cars or ride the bus to get around; they just hitch a ride on our hands. Almost everything in a healthcare setting is a potential hiding…

Who Is At Risk For C-diff?

It seems unfair really. Those people who need it least are the most likely to contract C-diff. Not that anybody needs it, or wants it, but the sickest patients in hospitals are the most likely targets. Why is that? Lets look at some risk factors that contribute. On the surface, this one seems contra intuitive.…