Patient Handoffs: Where Mistakes are Made

Patient Handoffs: Where Mistakes are Made

A patient handoff (also known as transitioning) is both the act of passing a patient between caregivers and the information exchanged between the sender (the provider giving away the patient) and the receiver (the provider taking the patient).These transfers can be as dramatic as airlifting a patient to a specialty hospital and telling the EMTs that the patient thinks she can fly and will try to jump out of the helicopter, or as mundane as a nurse ending her shift and telling her replacement the patient has been taken off a certain medicin

First Update of Surgical Site Infection (SSI) Guidelines by CDC in 18 years

First Update of Surgical Site Infection (SSI) Guidelines by CDC in 18 years

In May 2017, the Centers for Disease Control ( CDC) released its new guideline “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guideline for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection, 2017,” for surgical site infection (SSI) prevention, the first such update since the turn of the century. Estimated costs of SSIs range from $10,443 to $25,546 per infection, although it can cost more than $90,000 to treat an SSI involving a prosthetic joint implant or an antimicrobial-resistant organism.

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