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By Thomas Talbot | Thursday, May 26, 2016
Disagreements about compliance data are a common frustration among people working on hand hygiene. In this "Dear IHI," a hand hygiene expert shares advice on how to respectfully address this issue without getting defensive.


Tag(s): Hand Hygiene, Patient Safety, Infection - Healthcare-Associated (HAI), Data and Measurement, Culture of Safety
By Jo Ann Endo | Tuesday, May 10, 2016
C. diff causes an estimated half a million infections in the United States in 2011, and 29,000 died within 30 days of the initial diagnosis. CDC Medical Epidemiologist Dr. Carolyn Gould shares insights and tools to help battle this potentially devastating infection.


Tag(s): C. difficile, Patient Safety, Infection - Healthcare-Associated (HAI), Antibiotic Utilization, Hand Hygiene
By Joelle Baehrend | Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013
My mother lived three months from the time she was diagnosed with advanced stage lung cancer until her death.  In that time she endured chemotherapy, pneumonia, a urinary tract infection, untold finger pricks and jabs to manage her Type 1 Diabetes, and at the very end, one furious-looking and persistent bedsore. But if I were to name the single ailment that most robbed my mother of dignity and comfort in her last weeks of life, it would be the C. diff infection she contracted during her first ho ... read full post


Tag(s): Patient Experience, Hand Hygiene, speaking up, caregivers
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