Qsource has provided a new PowerPoint presentation designed to help nursing homes understand CASPER data for quality improvement. It shows how to access the CASPER system, how to run the MDS 3.0 Quality Measure Package reports, how to use the reports to improve quality in your nursing home and includes links to MDS resources.Read More »
This critical review attempts to shine light on transitional care from the perspective of family caregivers, a key but largely unrecognized member of the health care team. The goal is to distill evidence on what is currently known―and what information is still needed―on making family caregivers integral partners with professionals in providing health-related care during transitions across settings, especially hospital to home. It examines the roles family caregivers play in providing care during transitions, how they characterize their experiences and needs for support, and how family caregiver involvement improves outcomes for patients. (Source: Family Caregiver Alliance)Read More »
The Influence of Social Environmental Factors on Rehospitalization Among Patients Receiving Home Care Services
As health care costs continue to rise, payers and policy experts search for strategies to manage them. One reasonable strategy to reduce costs is to reduce the number of costly and unnecessary hospitalizations, especially among the Medicare home health care population. Research that has examined contributing factors for rehospitalizations has provided some evidence, but not enough to inform practice and reduce rehospitalization rates. (Source: Advances in Nursing Science, Vol. 35, No. 4, pp. 346-258)Read More »
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On Oct. 2, Kaiser Health News reported that hospitals working together in a network model can reduce readmission rates and help reduce $17.4 billion being paid by Medicare each year for return hospital visits. Denver Health has adopted a care model that drastically reduces readmissions through its own network of neighborhood clinics, which are all linked by a computerized record system.Read More »
Dr. Coleman, a geriatrician and professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, is director of the Care Transitions Program, which trains nurses and social workers to help patients and their caregivers manage issues like medication use and organizing appointments. He is now part of an eclectic group of people whose lives were recently, and irrevocably, changed with a single telephone call.Read More »
Minnesota’s Department of Health shares a new practice standard for safe care through one daughter’s story of her mother’s experience in a nursing home.Read More »
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Many doctors and nurses do not like the idea of patients reminding them to clean their hands, according to a new study. However, as hand hygiene has become a major goal of healthcare facilities, patients should be encouraged to become involved in systemwide changes to promote handwashing. Qsource hand hygiene recommendations are peer-enforced and follow WHO guidelines.
International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW)—Oct. 14-20—is aimed at educating healthcare professionals, healthcare administrators, legislators and consumers about the importance of preventing infections and improving patient outcomes. The event is organized by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC).
Activities for Participation
Use this observance as an opportunity to promote reductions in central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), Clostridium difficile and surgical site infections.
Send a Health e-Card to staff members to reinforce the importance of infection prevention by clicking here.
Download APIC’s free, “Infection Prevention and You” materials in English and Spanish: a poster, flyer, and bi-fold and tri-fold brochures by clicking here to view and download the materials.
Download and add this IIPW web button to your website. Download the button here. Follow these steps to use it as a button on your website:
- After downloading the image to your computer, upload it to your website and position as desired.
- Select the “hyperlink” feature on the now uploaded image.
- Hyperlink to http://www.apic.org/IIPW.
- Save and publish the web page.
General Education and Background Resources:
- Handwashing information from the World Health Organization
- Information about healthcare-associated infections
- Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) website
- The WHO, Tools for Infection Control in Health Care
- Hand Hygiene Resource Center (HHRC)
National Transitions of Care Coalition Principles Incorporated into New Care Transitions Legislation
State representatives introduced the bipartisan Medicare Transitional Care Act of 2012, legislation that seeks to improve transitions of care for Medicare beneficiaries at highest risk for readmission as they move from the hospital setting to their home, skilled nursing facility or next point of care. The National Transitions of Care Coalition (NTOCC) believes the bill is an important step forward to improving patient outcomes and reducing unnecessary health-related expenses. (Source: PRWeb)Read More »