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patient safety webinarPlease register for Strategies to Manage Hospital Acquired Conditions Reporting in an ACA World - An IC Check-Up on Sept 9th, 2014 1:00 PM CDT at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5973501898406116610

With the August 1 Final Rule announcement by CMS, it’s time we had an Infection Control check-up from our IC expert, Brian Foy.

Brian will explain recent changes to Federal rules and its impacts on everyday IC preventionists. Then, the team will outline some of the experienced and expected challenges faced by industry partners and their solutions.

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Is the Answer to Enhanced Patient Safety Hiding in Plain Sight? The Transformation of “Incident ReportingWe all have these systems, whether paper or electronic, that are supposed to capture incidents that can lead to and/or have resulted in patient harm. Most of these systems can do this, but many will agree that there is something missing – something important – when it comes to whether or not these systems actually enhance patient safety.

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HyGreen, Inc. showcased its hand hygiene system, HyGreen(R), at the National Patient Safety Foundation's 14th Annual Patient Safety Congress. This year's event was held at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in Washington, D.C. on May 23-25, 2012.

HyGreen, Inc. showcased its hand hygiene system, HyGreen(R), at the National Patient Safety Foundation's 14th Annual Patient Safety Congress. This year's event was held at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in Washington, D.C. on May 23-25, 2012.

Why is hand hygiene important? Studies show that hand washing is the simplest and most effective way to reduce healthcare associated infections (HAIs). Despite this, hand hygiene in hospitals is low, averaging 40%. Lack of hand washing has lead to the 1.7 million infections recorded in the U.S. each year adding more than $40 billion annually to U.S. healthcare costs. HyGreen's ability to remind healthcare workers to wash before patient contact enhances patient safety and helps hospitals lower healthcare associated infections.

"With healthcare associated infections on the rise, it is more important than ever to improve patient safety and quality through reducing infections," states HyGreen CEO Craig T. Davenport. 

Attendees also had the opportunity to meet a user of the HyGreen system. Barbara Simmonds, RN, BS, CIC from Miami Children's Hospital presented a poster entitled "Effects of Electronic Monitoring on Hand Hygiene Adherence and Healthcare Associated Infections" at the Patient Safety Congress. This poster compared hand hygiene observation rates and infection rates pre and post HyGreen installation.

The HyGreen system was designed to reflect guidelines from leading industry experts, including the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Joint Commission.

On Thursday, June 14(th) , HyGreen, Inc. is holding a Webinar on the HyGreen(R) Hand Hygiene System. To attend, log on to http://www.hygreen.com or contact us at info(at)hygreen(dot)com.

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