July 14 webcast on GI Scopes can help protect your hospital!

By: July 2nd, 2015 Email This Post Print This Post

You know that the Joint Commission and other regulatory agencies have standards that require your hospital to have a plan to reduce the risk of deadly infections and make sure your medical equipment is in good working order.

So why risk incurring costly lawsuits and fines—not to mention the possibility of destroying your hospital’s accreditation and reputation—if an improperly disinfected GI scope causes a patient to contract a life-threatening infection?

It’s happening right now to Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, where 11 people died after contracting deadly infections from improperly disinfected diagnostic scopes, and it could happen to your facility, too.

Let infection control experts Peggy Prinz Luebbert, MS, (MT)ASCP, CIC, CHSP, CBSPD, and Terry Micheels, MSN, RN, CIC, show you everything your organization needs to know to ensure proper GI scope disinfection and protect the lives of your patients.

Register for “Proper GI Scope Disinfection: How to Avoid Becoming a Statistic,” a 90-minute webcast that will cover the critical steps of high-level disinfection that must be met each and every day. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to ensure your organization complies with requirements set by The Joint Commission and CMS.

For more information or to register, check out the HCPro Marketplace.

Safety Month is almost over!

By: June 29th, 2015 Email This Post Print This Post

The National Safety Council has designated the month of June as National Safety Month, focusing on emergency planning, ergonomics, and preventing slips, trips, and falls.

HCPro is observing National Safety Month by offering free giveaways, raffles, and special discounts on all your favorite safety products. Be sure to keep an eye out for special events all month long! To receive 10% off any safety, accreditation or patient safety book, enter discount code SAF2015 when adding the item to your cart at check out.

To celebrate National Safety Month, we’re asking for your feedback. We invite you to take a short survey that will help us know what information you need and what products will help you do your job better.

Be sure to include your contact information in the last question to enter a drawing to win one of the copies we’re giving away of our Preventing Workplace Violence: Handbook for Healthcare Workers!

Please click here for the survey.

Share your stories for National Safety Month!

By: June 22nd, 2015 Email This Post Print This Post

You work hard as a healthcare safety professional, and you don’t get enough recognition for the job you do in keeping your facility and your employees safe. We’d like to change that!

As part of our celebration of National Safety Month, we’re giving you a chance to share some of your hard-earned insight and experience with your peers. And you may even win some free stuff.

Email Managing Editor John Palmer at jpalmer@hcpro.com between now and June 30, and tell me what your greatest challenge has been in your job as a safety professional and how you overcame it, or share a funny or insightful story about your best or worst day on the job. Your comments will stay completely confidential, if you choose, and will be shared with your colleagues to educate, enlighten, or simply amuse.

All those who email me will be entered in a raffle drawing for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to spend on any of HCPro’s products available at our store www.hcmarketplace.com.

John Palmer

Managing Editor, HCPro

jpalmer@hcpro.com

 

Sign up for our July 14 GI Scopes webinar!

By: June 17th, 2015 Email This Post Print This Post

Endoscopes and other diagnostic GI scopes are crucial devices that can save the lives of the nearly 500,000 patients every year who need the procedures they were designed for.

But if they aren’t properly cleaned and disinfected afterwards, the instruments can expose future patients to antibiotic-resistant diseases such as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, that can kill up to 50% of infected patients, according to some experts.

You’ve heard the horror stories from hospitals who have dealt with recent outbreaks—don’t let your facility be the next statistic. Let infection control experts Peggy Prinz Luebbert, MS, (MT)ASCP, CIC, CHSP, CBSPD, and Terry Micheels, MSN, RN, CIC, show you everything your organization needs to know to ensure proper GI scope disinfection and protect the lives of your patients.

Register for “Proper GI Scope Disinfection: How to Avoid Becoming a Statistic,” a 90-minute webcast that will cover the critical steps of high-level disinfection that must be met each and every day. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to ensure your organization complies with requirements set by The Joint Commission and CMS.

For more information or to register, check out the HCPro Marketplace.

FREE white paper on planning effective emergency drills!

By: June 16th, 2015 Email This Post Print This Post

Have you ever conducted a boring emergency drill simply to stay in compliance with The Joint Commission? Turn your safety drills into fun learning experiences with the expert tips and strategies in this free white paper.

Click here to download your copy now!

This white paper is brought to you by Briefings on Hospital Safety, the leading training resource for safety and security professionals.

Briefings on Hospital Safety provides safety and security professionals with regulatory information to stay in compliance, staff training tactics, and clear-cut guidance on how to improve and ensure hospital safety. Learn more today!

Don’t forget to use discount code SAF2015 to receive 10% off all accreditation, safety, and patient safety books during Safety Month! To view our full range of safety resources click here.

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