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The Power of the Hospital CEO to Drive Change

Beckers Hospital Review recently published two articles that drove powerful messages with a common theme.   Imbedded in the context of “The Four Characteristics of a Strong Safety Culture”1 and “How a No-Nonsense Hospital CEO Reached the Target of Zero Infections”2, was a singular message.   To create a strong patient safety culture to reduce Nosocomial Infections, leadership must ensure certain characteristics exist in their organization.

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The Seven Sins of Observation - Are we in the Dark Ages?

A decade ago direct observation of Health Care Workers (HCW’s) by their peers became the “Gold Standard” in the health care community to benchmark hand hygiene compliance.  Although the spread of Nosocomial Infections or commonly called Health-Care Associated Infections (HAI’s) is a complex problem, it is widely accepted that up to 50% of HAI’s are transmitted through sub-standard hand hygiene compliance by HCW’s.

The question arises, “What are the drawbacks to this age-old industry standard?

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