The prevalence of superbugs is a current hot topic in the healthcare industry, and with good reason. Superbug infections are caused by a group of bacteria that resist the most common antibiotics. There are 17 types of antibiotic-resistant microorganisms that kill an estimated 23,000 Americans each year. For example, the rate of short stay hospitals reporting Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) has increased from 1% to 4% over the past 10 years.[i]
Topics: Healthcare Industry
With patient “no-show” rates estimated to be between 5 and 55 percent, doctors are struggling to provide adequate patient follow-up care. Physicians have asked questions like, “What’s my liability when patients miss scheduled appointments and / or do not comply with their plan of care?”
Candida auris, multidrug-resistant (MDR) yeast, has been causing invasive healthcare associated infections with high mortality in nine countries on four continents since 2009. The CDC, concerned with its potential to emerge in the United States, is alerting U.S. healthcare facilities to be on the lookout for C. auris in patients, particularly those most susceptible to yeast infections. The precise mode of transmission within the healthcare facility is not known; however, experience during these outbreaks suggests that C. auris might contaminate the environment of rooms of colonized or infected patients. Evidenced-based infection control practices and environmental cleaning may help prevent transmission.
The answer is: absolutely do none of the above.
Topics: Risk Management
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) final rule amends the fire safety standards for Medicare and Medicaid participating hospitals, critical access hospitals (CAHs), long-term care facilities, intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF-IID), ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), hospices which provide inpatient services, religious non-medical health care institutions (RNHCIs), and programs of all-inclusive care for the elderly (PACE) facilities.
All healthcare organizations, small or large are particularly vulnerable to cyber attacks. Reports of breaches against healthcare organizations continue to rise—as do the regulatory fines they face when protected patient data is exposed. The SANS Institute, a cooperative research and education organization published a white paper titled Health Care Cyberthreat Report detailing findings from a three-month study of medical institutions and healthcare providers whose data was hacked.