The Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) was developed by safety and quality researchers at the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. CUSP was developed to improve patient safety by providing tools and support for caregivers that can help them identify and address hazards.
Infectious disease, public health groups condemn guidelines
September 3, 2020
In a move widely seen as further evidence the pandemic response has been politically undermined, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently revised SARS-CoV-2 testing guidelines, de-emphasizing the need to test asymptomatic people who have been in contact with a case of COVID-19.
In temperate regions other than China, human seasonal coronaviruses circulate most heavily during the winter months, overlapping with influenza and respiratory syncytial virus — and this may be the eventual pattern for SARS-CoV-2.
Hundreds of healthcare workers dead in CDC ‘underestimate’
August 6, 2020
The continuing onslaught of COVID-19 is decimating the ranks of U.S. healthcare workers, leading to calls for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue an infectious disease standard requiring employers to protect medical staff.
‘The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence’
August 4, 2020
In the absence of aerosol-generating procedures, the public health consensus has been that large droplet particles emitted by a patient do not travel beyond six feet. However, studies have shown that smaller particles can travel farther distances, although there is some question whether they are infectious.
The COVID-19 pandemic adds impetus to a longstanding mission of a nurse scientist: getting hospitalized patients to wash their hands. Somewhat surprisingly, this commonsense measure is not in effect at many facilities, although it is known that patients can contaminate their own invasive lines and self-inoculate infections.