Here is an article that addresses one of the technological changes taking over how bedside care is done.  Although this is a whitepaper issued by Samsung Business USA, the use of new communication technology is actually changing the way we care for our patients.

I think these changes are for the best and help us provide quality patient care.  There is a reason, however, to be leery due to privacy issues.  Fortunately, most hospitals and healthcare businesses are on top of this due to HIPPA.

I think using tablets and phones to communicate with both the patients and the treatment team makes for seamless care and facilitates a team atmosphere, with the patient included in the team.

The last time I was with a family member who was hospitalized, she could call her nurse on the phone instead of turning on a call-light.  She had the telephone numbers to call every one of the treatment team if she needed them.  She even had the number to call dietary to get her meals delivered.

This can only be a good thing.  I can’t think of a down side.  Can you?  Please read the entire whitepaper and then leave me a comment here.  I’d love to have a conversation with you about this issue.



Today’s hospital-based nurses are always on the go — moving from one room to another, caring for patients, coordinating care plans and ensuring patients have the resources they need to get and stay healthy. Thankfully, technology in nursing aims to help these highly mobile healthcare workers attend to patients more efficiently.

Mobile nurse technology including smartphones, tablets and wearables are transforming how hospital-based nurses deliver bedside care. Rather than relying on computers, pagers and landline phones to access health information and to communicate with colleagues, nurses can use these mobile solutions from any location, at any time, to deliver immediate care.

The Benefits of Mobile Technology in Nursing

By untethering nurses from fixed-location technology, these devices help to keep their focus on the patients. Mobile technology for healthcare also helps nurses:

  • Streamline Communication
    Communication breakdowns in hospitals can lead to delays in treatment, serious injury or even death. By providing nurses with a secure communication system that includes voice, text messaging, email and videoconferencing, mobile devices enable them to communicate the right information to the right team members in real time. Nurses can also receive text-based notifications if a patient’s condition requires immediate action, and these alerts can be redirected to other team members if the primary nurse is busy.
  • Access Real-Time Patient Data
    Nurses use clinical data to make informed treatment decisions and document patient care. But because desktop computers are often shared by multiple team members, nurses might not have access to data when they need it, or they might not be able to record treatments in a timely fashion. This can lead to clerical errors or communication breakdowns. Mobile solutions, such as tablets, that are integrated with electronic health records allow nurses to generate progress notes, document vital signs, review lab results and update treatment records from the patients’ bedsides.
  • Engage Patients
    The more patients understand about their conditions and care plans, the more likely they are to adhere to prescribed treatment and avoid readmission. Rather than handing patients a thick stack of papers at discharge, nurses can use mobile devices to engage patients in their care during each bedside encounter. This could mean using tablets to show patients what they’re doing and why, or providing patients with mobile devices that are preloaded with educational content about their specific conditions. Since hospitalized patients have plenty of time on their hands, this gives them a way to occupy their minds while learning more about their conditions.

These are just a few ways in which nurse mobile technology is transforming hospital workflows and patient care — and nursing professionals are eager to reap these benefits.

Securing Mobile Technology in Hospitals

As members of one of the most highly regulated industries in the U.S., today’s nursing professionals don’t just need more mobile devices — they need secure, trusted solutions. While most home health and hospice agencies provide workers with mobile solutions, many hospitals still haven’t equipped on-site nurses with the tools they need to streamline workflows and deliver top-notch care. Lacking access to these mobile solutions, nurses often use their personal devices to access patient data, communicate with colleagues and otherwise support patient care. This makes work more convenient, but it can also compromise patient data security.  (read more here)

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Behavioral Healthcare Integration Needs Nursing Support

Here is an article from HealthLeaders Media, which is an online journal I highly recommend to any nurse interested in what is happening in nursing today.  This article talks about the need to see patients as whole people, to treat both their bodies and their minds when necessary.

She is spot on about the attitude of medical nurses toward mental health patients.  She is also spot on about the need for treatment of both body and mind at the same time.  Please read the article and let me know what you think.  Do you agree that she is on target, or do you think I am wrong?


Behavioral Healthcare Integration Needs Nursing Support

Jennifer Thew, RN, for HealthLeaders Media , November 3, 2015

Mental illness often overlaps with medical illness. In an acute care setting, which group of providers should lead the patient’s care? Nurses are natural integrators, but can’t do it without support from leadership.

I have known five people who’ve lost their lives through suicide—one for each finger on my hand. I don’t have enough digits to count the number of people I know who have dealt with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, alcoholism, or bi-polar disorder. And those are the ones who are willing to talk about it.

I’m sure many more friends and acquaintances silently cope with mental illness because of its social stigma, and there’s data that supports my hunch. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in four adults experiences mental illness in a given year.

SlavittMartha Whitecotton, RN, MSN

Behavioral health is something worth talking about, and healthcare providers need to get in on the conversation if they want to improve patients’ mental and physical health and provide value-based care, says Martha Whitecotton, RN, MSN, senior vice president of Behavioral Health Services at Carolinas Healthcare System.

“The real drive is starting around this now because of population health, because of accountable care organizations, and because of the way that people are going to be paid—placing their payment at risk for overall health and overall cost,” she says. “It’s forcing the conversation around what do we do about mental illness.”

Two Sides of the Coin
Anyone who has worked in a clinical setting knows behavioral health diagnoses and medical diagnoses are often treated with a siloed approach. Whitecotton gives the example of a patient experiencing severe psychosis who is also in need of dialysis. In an acute care setting, which group of providers should lead the patient’s care?

“Those two things (dialysis and psychiatric care) don’t exist in one place, so nobody wants to take care of the patient because they don’t have an essential piece that they need to take care of him,” she points out. “It’s a real problem that we’re going to have to address.”

The way CHS has chosen to address these issues is by creating an integrated system, which theSAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions describes as systematic coordination of general and behavioral healthcare.

“It’s bringing behavioral health treatment into the medical care space, and it’s also bringing medical care into the behavioral health space,” says Whitecotton.

ACEP: Better Ways to Treat Super-utilizers

This is important because behavioral health issues do not exist in a vacuum. Patients with mental illness may also have medical issues such as diabetes. The 2003 National Comorbidity Survey Replication found that “68% of adults with a mental disorder had at least one medical condition, and 29% of those with a medical disorder had a comorbid mental health condition.” Often, those with behavioral health issues end up using the emergency department for their healthcare needs.  (read more)

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Debate over nurse-to-patient ratio hits Legislature

Staff to patient ratios always get talked about and usually with very hot tempers and arguments.  Nurses are drowning in patients in some places and there is no help in sight.

California has state-mandated ratios that seem to work well for them.  I believe it is still the only state in the nation to have such a law.  Whenever the topic is broached with politicians or hospital administrators, there is so much push-back that the topic dies.

I understand that personnel costs are the biggest expenditure of most hospitals and clinics, after machines and equipment.  Most administrators believe that cutting costs is synonymous with cutting staff, or making the current staff cover more patients.  However, there is a limit to what a nurse can do in an 8 or 12 hour shift and unfortunately it is the patients that get the short straw.

This article, found on the Sentinel and Enterprise News site, gives me hope for the future of nursing.  If this passes in Massachusetts, then maybe more states will follow.  I can only hope.

Please read this article and feel free to leave them a comment.  I would love to engage in a conversation here if you feel like it.  Just leave me a comment with your thoughts on the topic and I will respond.


Debate over nurse-to-patient ratio hits Legislature

By Anna Burgess,

UPDATED:   11/01/2015 06:53:16 AM EST0 COMMENTS


The Urgent Care center at HealthAlliance Burbank Hospital, in Fitchburg, had one of the highest patient-to-nurse ratios of emergency departments in the

The Urgent Care center at HealthAlliance Burbank Hospital, in Fitchburg, had one of the highest patient-to-nurse ratios of emergency departments in the state, according to data from 2013. Members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association are pushing for a bill that would mandate a limit on the number of patients per nurse, but HealthAlliance administrators said a mandate would raise health-care costs and undermine nurses’ ability to make case-by-case staffing decisions. SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE / anna BURGESS

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FITCHBURG — If a bill before the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Health becomes law, Massachusetts would be the second state to place limits on the number of patients a nurse can care for at one time.

For some hospitals, very little would change. For others, such as HealthAlliance Hospital’s Burbank Urgent Care Center in Fitchburg, a law mandating fixed staffing ratios would require cost increases and significant changes to strategic patient-care plans.

The bill, on which the Public Health Committee held a hearing last week, would mandate statewide the maximum number of patients any one nurse can care for at once. The limit would be different for different units, but in hospital units for which the bills do not specifically set a limit, the maximum patient assignment would be four patients per nurse.

The proposed ratio is much lower than the current state average ratio in emergency departments, and for emergency departments such as the one at Burbank, the proposed ratio is one-third their average ratio.

According to the most recent data from the self-reported hospital data website Patients First, in 2013, each nurse in the Urgent Care Center at the Burbank facility saw an average of 12 patients in an eight-hour shift.

David Schildmeier, communications director for the Massachusetts Nurses Association, said these numbers are concerning for union members.

“Burbank is a place where, in 2014, they made the decision to save money and cut staff,” Schildmeier said, “so patients have to wait longer before they’re seen, and nurses don’t have time to give them as much attention…(read more)

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Hospitals struggle with shortage of registered nurses

Here is an article that addresses a significant problem hospitals all over the US are facing.  The need for more nurses continues to increase while the number of available nurses declines.  Nursing is a hard job and requires dedication.  Patients today are sicker and need more care than ever if they are hospitalized.  Thus the increased need for nurses.

Staffing is always a problem.  As the staffing coordinator at my small psychiatric hospital recently, I understand the problem.  You staff to a grid–a specific number of nurses, techs, aides, etc. to a specific number of patients.  If you over staff, it costs the hospital quite a bit of money and you have to send people home using their time-off allowances up.  If you under staff, the nurses working the units cannot do their jobs adequately and provide good patient care–which puts the hospital at risk.

I have had to close down an entire unit and move patients to units that were already overburdened due to “call-ins” and not being able to find replacements.  I have had a nurse manager go home early to come in to pull a night shift on the unit as staff nurse.

The patient load is dynamic, changing all the time.  The staffing grid may be correct at 0500, but by 1200 it is inadequate and you are struggling to find more nurses.

This article addresses specific problems faced in Florida, but the problem is universal.  Please go to the site and read the entire article.  Leave them a comment if you can.  Leave me a comment here if possible.  I would love to hear your opinion about staffing grids and nurse to patient ratios where you work.


Hospitals struggle with shortage of registered nurses



Nancy Anne Teems hovered her employee badge near an electronic access pad. An audible chirp sounded, and one of two double doors swung open to the region’s only Neuro Intensive Care Unit.

It was a full house at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare where the sickest of the sick occupied beds. Patients recovering from strokes, spinal cord surgeries, trauma and severe bleeding were separated by thin walls and sliding curtain doors. Concerned husbands and children sat at bedsides waiting. Hoping for a miracle. Hoping their loved ones open their eyes again.

Minutes before, Teems, a nursing manager, broke out of a morning huddle with supervisors and nurses to figure out who was working. Thursday was an ideal day, she said, explaining how the staffing grid is used for assigning patients and assessing the seriousness of their condition. She had five teams of nurses, three patient assistants and a charge nurse.

For Teems and fellow nursing manager Marsha Hartline the day to day challenge is to find enough registered nurses to fill shifts at the hospital and balance the nurse to patient ratios. Even if one nurse calls out, it triggers a mad scramble. On the fourth floor, the neuro wing stays busy. So does the rest of the hospital.

“As the patients have continued to grow and evolve, we had to increase the number of our higher level beds. So we have six neuro immediate beds on the floor,” Teems said. “There’re more patients and higher demand at a critical level.”

A perfect storm

The landscape for attracting and retaining registered nurses in the Big Bend area may worsen before it improves.

For decades, cyclical nursing shortages created strain. But a perfect storm of new and old challenges have risen for local hospitals and nursing programs.

Registered nurses represent a third of all employees at TMH and Capital Regional Medical Center. At least 150 more nurses at TMH would prevent the region’s largest (Read More Here)

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Teach Patients How to Communicate Symptoms Better

As nurses, we are constantly educating our patients.  Yet, according to this article, we are not doing a very good job of teaching our patients how to communicate their symptoms to their physician.  Now, as a nurse, I have my own thoughts on this topic, but for this posting I want to focus on this particular article.

First, this article was written for physicians, not nurses.  That is a problem for me as my physicians do not ever do any education.  Maybe that is because they know I am a nurse, or maybe they just don’t do education…I don’t know.

The information presented here is valid and useful and so, as nurses, we should be trying to convey this information to our patients.  My question is when?  For most nurses, the patient is already admitted or being seen by the physician.  So the question stands about when this education needs to happen.

I agree that a fully prepared patient is a good one.  But, again, when is the time to do this education?  Who needs to do it?

Please read this article at the source and leave any comments you may have.  You can let me know what you think about this topic by leaving me a comment here.

Teach Patients How to Communicate Symptoms Better

Patients should learn the eight characteristics of a symptom

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Helping patients communicate their symptoms clearly could go a long way toward making an accurate diagnosis, John Ely, MD, MPH, said at the annual meeting of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine.

Ely, a family physician who is retired from the University of Iowa in Iowa City and has been a patient himself recently, said he “got to thinking about what a good patient would do.” One of the things professors teach medical students is the eight characteristics of a symptom.

“Patients don’t know what these eight things are, I don’t think,” but there’s no reason they shouldn’t know, Ely said during a session at the meeting about how to get patients more involved in getting an accurate diagnosis.

The eight characteristics listed by Ely included…(read more)


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Group Stereotypes Negatively Impact Health Care; Prejudice Leaves Some Patients Feeling Vulnerable

Although this article is addressed to doctors mostly, I think nurses should also heed these results.  I don’t know any nurse that wants to make a patient uncomfortable.  However, according to this study, it seems that without trying sometimes we do.

I have seen how bias in the healthcare professional can negatively impact mental health patients, but this study simply was of various people who may or may not have recently seen a doctor.

I am glad that researchers are digging into this phenomenon.  I can see how nurses can take this information and adjust the way they deal with patients to minimize this bias.

Please read the article at the source and leave them a comment if you can.  Please let me know what you think of this article by leaving me a comment here.  Let me know if this information is valuable to you or not.

Group Stereotypes Negatively Impact Health Care; Prejudice Leaves Some Patients Feeling Vulnerable

Researchers from the University of Southern California-Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University, and University of Michigan cited that recently, it’s been suggested that health care stereotype threat (HCST)— the threat of being personally reduced to a group stereotype, such as unhealthy lifestyles and inferior intelligence — contribute to health care disparities. These disparities “affect the care one receives by impairing working memory or creating anxiety, which could lead a patient to forget or intentionally withhold important information.” It’s a relatively new phenomenon, and one that researchers were interested in learning more about it.

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Nurse-led clinics may not be new, but they may be the future

Here is an article that talks about the benefits for having nurse led clinics and the difference between a clinic run by medicine versus one run by nursing.  It’s an interesting article and is worthy of  your time to read.

I believe that nurse led clinics are going to become more available to the general public in the future.  We have a physician shortage as well as a nursing shortage.  There are large parts of our population that go unserved due to this shortage.  Nurse led clinics may be one way to reach some of those who need services quickly.  Nurses have always gone into the trenches when necessary to help those in need, so I don’t see this as any ground-breaking type of behavior, but I do see it as necessary.

Please read this article and leave me your comments, won’t you?


By Richard Kipling | September 4, 2012

Who doesn’t remember running to the school nurse’s office with a nosebleed or ear ache? But how many among us have gone to a nurse-managed clinic for our adult health care?

In this era of experimentation in health delivery, the nurse-led clinic is part of the conversation about how best to medically serve us, particularly the poor and uninsured populations.

These safety net clinics fly pretty far beneath the general public’s radar, despite the fact most have been around for a decade or more. In California, there are now at least seven of them, mostly in the Bay Area.

To find out more about what they do and how they differ from a typical health clinic, I got in touch with Patricia Dennehy, director of Glide Health Services, a pioneering nurse-led health center in San Francisco that promises “compassionate healthcare.”  The clinic, located in the Tenderloin area of downtown, addresses such issues as hunger and housing as well as providing medical support. It partners with Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, which offers pharmacy and lab services at no cost.

Glide Health resembles other community-based health centers, she told me, “except the leadership is a nurse – typically a nurse practitioner — instead of a physician or other health professional.”

The more important difference, though, is Glide’s “nursing model” approach, which contrasts with the “medical model” that governs most clinics, said Dennehy, who is also a clinical professor in the school of nursing at UCSF.

“The nursing model puts the person in the center instead of the disease,” Dennehy said. “In the nurse-led model, the patient is more than, say, a diabetic. It’s about all the social determinants of your health. Are you a victim of trauma? Depressed? We take time to get to know you. It’s less prescriptive and more of a partnership.”

Nurse-led centers developed out of “the service mission of schools of nursing,” she said. “The faculty wanted to provide service and educate their students.”  The National Nursing Centers Consortium lists 128 nurse-led center members across the country, and more than 85 schools of nursing run such clinics, which function as training centers as well.

In many cases, it’s a “marriage between the school, the community and a community hospital,” said Dennehy. “That’s not unusual and it’s the perfect triangle.”

The clinics may be nurse-run, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a doctor in the house. Many of the clinics recruit doctors to come in on appointed days as part of their professional team. “We have a wonderful internist, a psychiatrist and a pharmacist for parts of the week,” she said.

How does all this play with patients? Is there a lot of explaining to do when a doctor is not around? “If any patient wants to see a doctor, we give them a referral to our doctor or to another place,” said Dennehy. “It doesn’t happen with great frequency, but it does happen.”

The clinic’s bottom line, she said, is that “We think that everyone has the right to choose their care. We’ll do everything we can to help you find another place.”

Is there new momentum for more nurse-led clinics because of the Affordable Care Act?

“It’s very clear that we cannot doctor-up to meet the country’s primary care needs,” said Dennehy.

People are searching for different models, she said, particularly when the ACA is bringing so many new people into full insurance coverage.

Many more medical professionals will have to practice “at the full scope of their competency and their training,” she said.

So what about nurse-led clinics’ prospects?

“There are plenty of new buds on the vine that are trying to get up and going,” Dennehy said. “I think there are going to be more.”

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Do I really need Certification?

I have been thinking about getting my certification in Mental Health Nursing now for quite some time.  Every time I convince myself to do it, I back out at the last minute.  It’s not just the expense and time involved, which is nothing to laugh about, but I cannot understand what getting this certification will do for me.  Will it make me a better nurse?  I think not.  Will it get me more money? Of course not.  So why do it?

I did a Google search and found several articles on Nursing Certification.  The gist of them follows here. had an article that listed the benefits of being certified in your specialty.  According to the article certifications demonstrates professionalism; commitment; promotes self-fulfillment; promotes quality health care; can influence insurance companies; improves marketing yourself; can influence patient outcomes; and demonstrates competence and credibility.  Wow!  Taking a test can do all that!

I agree with some of the above.  If certification is a goal, then attainment will promote self-fulfillment.  I am not sure that having BC after my name means I am more professional or have a stronger commitment to nursing.  How does passing a test promote quality health care?  Why do insurance companies care if I am board certified or not?  I can see that if I were looking for a job, I might edge out non-certified nurses in a judgement call.  But does having BC after my name really demonstrate better competence and give me more credibility?  There have been many studies that show improved patient outcomes with board certified nurses, but since I haven’t read them all I cannot comment about them.

I don’t know.  I keep sitting on the fence.  I am at a point in my career where I am not sure that another initial after my name will make any difference to me.  Does certification translate into a higher rate of pay?  Not with the majority of hospitals, so obviously the hospitals themselves don’t give much credence to certification.

Today, I am of a mind to just go sit for the test and be done with all this soul searching once and for all.  Tomorrow, who knows?

What do you think about certification?  Do nurses need to be certified in a specialty to be deemed professional?  Does your hospital pay you more if you are certified?  I am really interested in your response because I vacillate between yes and no so often I am getting dizzy!  I would like to have some help in making this decision.

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Nursing Burnout

I have been reading articles about burnout recently.  Maybe it’s because I am fast approaching that state.  I don’t know if I told you before, but I quit posting here for a while because I was injured at my job.  I got hit in the face and had to have surgery to repair my face.  I was not very pleased during this as you might guess, but I did get through it.  However, since returning to work, I find that my priorities have changed drastically.  Now, safety takes the most prominent place in my working priority.  It makes it hard to deal with the population I care for as most of my patients are very labile and unpredictable.

I even changed my focus at my job.  Instead of working with the patient population I loved to help, I am now working on a safer unit.  Believe me there is a major difference between these two populations, although both can still be unpredictable.  I do feel safer working there, but it is not the population I would have chosen for myself.

So, back to burnout.  Some of the articles I have been reading talk about job stress as a driving factor.  I can certainly agree.  I am certainly stressed at work.  Between having     6-8 patients at a time that need to be assessed and monitored every hour and having no control over admissions and discharges, this is a very stressful job.  So, I find myself looking for excuses to miss work.  I have vague somatic complaints when I am at work.  These are some classic symptoms of burnout.

Burnout affects retention in nearly every hospital in the country.  Most nurses feel exhausted and discouraged about their jobs.  Many will say they feel saddened that they cannot provide the quality of care to their patients that they would like to.  Some are even thinking of leaving the profession.

Burnout can affect infection rates due to nurse’s exhaustion and detachment.  A recent cross-sectional study estimated that for each additional patient assigned to a nurse, there was roughly one additional infection per 1000 patients.  Doesn’t sound like much, but it is still unacceptable.  More than one-third of the 7,000 respondent nurses in this study fulfilled the criteria for burnout.  That is a scary number.

Nursing burnout is also tied closely to patient satisfaction surveys.  When the patient is cared for by a nurse experiencing burnout, the patient knows that something is not right and this manifests as high anxiety and dissatisfaction with the hospital and the care.  This then is  seen by the nurse as a high maintenance patient, when in fact they are just anxious about the quality of care they are receiving.

Some of the causes of burnout that are discussed in just about every article I have read lately are poor staffing, lack of autonomy at the bedside, lack of respect for what a nurse does, and lack of recognition of what the professional nurse contributes to patient care.  These factors are making nurses everywhere decide that they don’t want to do what they do anymore.

Burnout, if left uncared for, quickly escalates into compassion fatigue.  The nurse feels all alone and drained of energy with no obvious resources to draw from.  Compassion fatigue is akin to PTSD in its effects on the person.

So, what is the answer?  Out of all the articles I read, only one had any suggestions.  Most of the suggested solutions were placed on the individual nurse who is experiencing the burnout.  Things like stress reduction classes, creating a place for relaxation, mentoring programs are fine, but if you have no energy you probably will not do these things.

Some solutions suggested for the hospitals themselves are things like better recognition and reward programs, better manager involvement, improved training and education, or counseling through the EAP.  These solutions seem like band-aids to me.

I don’t really think that putting my picture up in the hallway as the Employee of the month; or having my manager set up times “to meet with me to discuss current issues”–usually on my days off; or sending me to more classes or seminars (again on my days off); or even referring me to the Employee Assistance Program for counseling are really going to change my feelings of burnout.

I don’t have the answer.  I’m too busy going through the problem right now to be able to see the solution.

You can find some of the articles mentioned above here:


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Patient location, gloves, worker type predict hand hygiene compliance

Here’s another article on the ever growing battle about handwashing in the hospital.  It is true that strict adherence to handwashing policy will save lives and money, but for some reason we have trouble following this simple policy.  Why is that?  Maybe there is not enough time in a shift to do all the handwashing called for?   I don’t have any answers, but would love to hear your take on this growing concern.

This article is from FierceHealthcare, which is a source I like very much.  I find many interesting articles about medicine and nursing here and you will, too.


Patients who receive care in a hallway bed are the most likely victims of healthcare workers not washing their hands, according to researchers from Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in a study to be published in the November Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

In the largest hand hygiene study with more than 5,800 patient encounters in the emergency department (ED), researchers found that bed location, the type of healthcare worker providing the care, and whether the provider used gloves all were predictors of poor hand hygiene in the ED.

“We found that receiving care in a hallway bed was the strongest predictor of your healthcare providers not washing their hands,” said study author Dr. Arjun Venkatesh, an emergency medicine resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in a Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America press release yesterday.

In addition, researchers found that workers transporting patients were less likely to wash their hands because they likely do not receive as much hand hygiene training as others, according to the press release. They also said that providers using gloves was not a substitute for handwashing in controlling infections.

However, in most cases (90 percent of time), ED workers do wash their hands.

Handwashing could save up to $33 billion, according to a UPI article. In a Health Affairs study, infection control interventions such as handwashing resulted in patients leaving two days earlier and reduced mortality rates by 2 percentage points. Hospital costs also were $12,000 less, according to the article.

For more information:
– read the press release
– here’s the study abstract
– read the UPI article

Related Articles:
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Is 100 percent compliance on handwashing possible?

Read more: Patient location, gloves, worker type predict hand hygiene compliance – FierceHealthcare

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