When the Ebola outbreak hit the news last summer, the experts at ECRI Institute, a Pennsylvania-based patient safety organization and recently re-designated Evidence Based Practice Center, were already thinking about how to protect patients from infection.
A study out in the February 3 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association found that patients who are readmitted to the hospital after surgery are almost always coming back due to post-discharge complications rather than something that happened during their care in the hospital.
It is been a dozen years since Rekha Murthy, MD, FRCP(C), FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA, medical director for the epidemiology department at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, really started working hard to make good hand hygiene a habit for everyone at the hospital. In the intervening years, the hospital has gone from having hand-washing rates in the 70s to consistently over 95%.
While there is debate about whether publicly reporting quality data has an impact on how the public purchases healthcare or even on patient outcomes — despite showing improving metrics — there is now evidence that it is having an impact on the cost of at least two procedures.