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Updated compendium offers strategies to prevent health care-associated infections(Comments Off)

December 1, 2014

Updates to A Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals—a free guide from The Joint Commission—are featured in this month’s column including the role of the surgeon in preventing health care-associated infections and surgical site infections.

Hospital Engagement Networks target surgical site infections

The effectiveness of the Joint Commission Resources Hospital Engagement Network—an initiative to reduce health care-associated infections and conditions including surgical site infections—is described in this month’s column along with best practice recommendations to help reduce these events in the future.

The Joint Commission reports increase in robotic surgery-related sentinel events

Although current robotic surgery systems are designed to minimize potential patient harm, The Joint Commission provides recommendation on actions surgeons and health care institutions can take to further reduce risks.

JCI can be a resource for patients receiving care abroad

This month’s column highlights the risks and challenges of medical tourism and the benefits of seeking out a Joint Commission International-accredited facility when undergoing a medical procedure abroad.

New draft guideline to prevent SSI

This month’s column examines recommended updates to the “Draft Guideline for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infections (SSI)” for the development, implementation, and evaluation of infection prevention programs in health care settings.


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