SSI Guidelines – What’s New and What’s Not

In May of this year, the CDC published an update on Surgical Site Infections (SSI) Guidelines 1. This followed a 6-year partnership with the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC), whose clinical experts provided feedback and input. Although it was the first update on these guidelines by the CDC in nearly 18 years, and greatly…

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 A Lesson in On-Demand Educational Resources: What every nurse should know about social media

Eloquest Healthcare welcomes guest blogger, Elizabeth Campbell, RN, MSN, CRNI.  Liz has over 20 years’ experience in IV therapy. She is currently the Presidential Advisor of the New England Chapter of the Infusion Nurses Society. Liz recently completed an appointment to the National Council on Education for the Infusion Nurses Society.  Her passion is teaching the art of infusion…

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Introducing ReliaTect Post-Op Dressing

Eloquest Healthcare recently introduced ReliaTect™ Post-Op Dressing featuring BeneHold™ CHG Adhesive Technology. ReliaTect is the post-op dressing that integrates the antimicrobial properties of chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG), the practicality of absorbency, and the convenience of transparency. THE ANTIMICROBIAL POST-OP DRESSING WITH ABSORB&SEE ReliaTect has convenience features for staff1: ABSORBS EXUDATE to protect against dehydration and facilitate…

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SSIs and Post-Op Dressings: What’s Missing?

You might remember from our previous blogs that certain measures, like surgical site infections (SSIs) are penalized in multiple programs of the Affordable Care Act—in the Value-Based Purchasing Program as well as the Hospital-Acquired Conditions Reduction Program. View Blog #2 and Blog #3 here. SSIs are the most common and costly of all hospital-acquired infections…

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CAUTI Prevention: A Nurse-Driven Quality Improvement Study

As posted previously, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) established penalty measures for the performance of acute care hospitals. In fact, some measures are penalized in multiple programs1,2: VALUE-BASED PURCHASING PROGRAM (VBP) – For more information about the VBP Program, see our previous blog.  HOSPITAL-ACQUIRED CONDITIONS (HAC) REDUCTION PROGRAM – For more information about the HAC…

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Hospital-Acquired Conditions (HAC) Reduction Program

Our last blog provided some background on the READMISSIONS REDUCTION PROGRAM —a three-year rolling process of reporting all-cause readmissions within 30 days of discharge, along with potential penalties.1  Today, we’ll look at the third program established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA): the HOSPITAL-ACQUIRED CONDITIONS (HAC) REDUCTION PROGRAM. HAC REDUCTION PROGRAM allows the Centers for…

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