Urinary tract infections can involve any part of the urinary tract system, including the bladder, ureters, urethra, or kidneys. Most UTIs (75%) are associated with a Foley catheter or an indwelling catheter.
Preventing patient falls is always a hot topic, especially at hospitals. A CDC fact sheet says one out of three older persons fall each year and one of every five falls causes a serious injury, such as fractures and head injuries. When patients fall in the hospital, it is not only a patient safety or risk issue but often a financial issue.
The CDC issued a Health Alert Network Update on Oct. 2 regarding the requirement that hospitals must verify that any vendors who maintain, clean, disinfect or sterilize reusable medical devices are certified or approved.
The Government Accountability Office’s recent 49-page interim report on value-based purchasing programs shows that hospital performance on quality measures was improving before the purchasing program was instituted and has not noticeably changed during its first two years. The report found no apparent shifts in hospital performance trends on quality measures from fiscal years 2013-15.