The 33rd Annual Association for Vascular Access (AVA) Scientific Meeting will be held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas—and Eloquest Healthcare will be there in the Exhibit Hall at Booth #318! AVA 2019 will occur from October 4th – 7th (pre-conference workshops are on October 3rd). The four-day meeting has a packed schedule with general…Details
Surgical Site Infection Prevention: Is there a place for the Infection Preventionist on the Surgical Care Team?
Eloquest Healthcare is excited to welcome Gwen Borlaug, MPH, CIC, FAPIC to the Eloquest Healthcare Blog! Gwen worked at the Wisconsin Division of Public Health (DPH) as the Director of the Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Program and as an infection prevention epidemiologist. She launched a statewide public health initiative to reduce surgical site infections, using a surgical…Details
Methicillin‐resistant Staphylococcus aureous contamination of surgical wounds: Are there effective interventions?
Surgical Site Infections (SSIs) in the US SSIs are the most common and most costly type of hospital‐acquired infection, occurring in an estimated 160,000 to 300,000 patients in the US each year. SSIs increase morbidity and mortality, result in longer hospital stays and substantially increased cost of care. In fact, it has been demonstrated that…Details
Instructional videos are a very important tool often used to educate healthcare providers on safe use of medical devices. They provide a great platform to deliver detailed and easy-to-digest instructions whether the device is of a more complicated nature or not. Video can be a great complement to printed tools, but when is the last…Details
Each year in the US more than 50 million surgeries are performed.1 Treatment of resulting surgical scars has driven decades of research, and it is estimated that in the US $20 billion per year is spent on scar treatment and management.2 Patients have made it clear that they are highly concerned about scarring after surgery…Details
As the weather warms up, conference season is in full bloom! Whether your first or your twentieth conference, you’ll be sure to make new connections and bring back some key takeaways to your facility (and maybe some free swag too). It’s easy to become overwhelmed at a multi-day conference, so we’ve put together some tips…Details
After years of decline, rates of cesarean deliveries (CDs) in the US increased to 32% of all births in 2017. As a result, over a million mothers in the US are sent home from the hospital every year nurturing a newborn infant while simultaneously recovering from major surgery. This is of particular concern in the…Details
Since the “pay for performance” era began, hospital acquired conditions (HAC) have deservedly received a great deal of attention from hospitals, healthcare providers, payors, patients and families. For critical medical devices that pose danger to patients if they are dislodged [like vascular access devices, (VADs)], safety requires proper securement. Poor securement of VADs increases the…Details
April is World Autism Month. Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children in the United States today.  We know that there…Details
In October of 2018, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) working together with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a series of Quick Observation Tools (QUOTs) to assist healthcare facilities in their infection prevention initiatives. The tools, available for free download here, enable rapid assessment and remediation…Details