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New CDC Progress Report about National HAI Prevention Efforts

October 16, 2018

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published its 2016 National and State Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Progress Report. The report, the first to measure year-to-year progress using 2015 as the baseline year, provides state- and national-level data about certain HAIs that occurred during 2016 in four health care settings. The baseline was recently updated to take into account advancements in HAI prevention and updated National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) definitions. This more current baseline allows for a more realistic and meaningful view of progress.

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International Infection Prevention Week | Protecting Patients Everywhere

October 15, 2018

This week HAP, Pennsylvania hospitals, and the health care community worldwide are observing International Infection Prevention Week, October 14–20, 2018. This year’s theme is "Protecting Patients Everywhere." Infection prevention practices should not only occur in acute care hospitals but also in outpatient areas such as doctor’s offices, clinics, surgical centers, and behavioral health and rehabilitation hospitals.

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PA Senate Declares September 2018 as Sepsis Awareness Month

September 28, 2018

The Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives both adopted a resolution in their respective chambers recognizing September 2018 as “Sepsis Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania.

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Report Finds Improving Medication Compliance Reduces Cost, Improves Outcomes

September 25, 2018

The National Council for Behavioral Health’s Medical Director Institute has released a report estimating that half of people on any medication fail to take it as prescribed. Changing this pattern could lead to cost savings and better care management.

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HAP Sepsis Conference Highlights New Research, Best Practices

September 06, 2018

News Release:  Yesterday, sepsis researchers and experts, as well as clinical staff from across the state met in Harrisburg for The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania’s (HAP) 2018 Sepsis Conference.

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September is Sepsis Awareness Month: Help Educate Your Patients and Your Community

August 20, 2018

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that, without immediate treatment, can quickly lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and even death. According to the Sepsis Alliance, more than 1.7 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed each year with sepsis—one every 20 seconds.

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New Research Identifies Why Patients and Families are Uncomfortable Sharing Concerns and Asking Questions

August 08, 2018

A BMJ Quality & Safety survey reveals why some patients and family members do not speak up to their physicians and other members of their medical team when they have concerns or questions.

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Pressure Injury Authority Online Survey Focuses on “Voice of the Patient”

June 22, 2018

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel  has announced a new online consumer survey designed to solicit the “voice of the patient.”

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HAP’s Leadership Summit Honors Hospital Grassroots Champion, Achievement Award Winners

May 22, 2018

As part of its 2018 Leadership Summit, HAP is proud to honor individuals and programs that are on the cutting edge of health care innovation. Honorees represent the best and brightest of care delivery, advocacy, and technological advances, and they are essential to fostering a robust hospital community in the commonwealth.

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News Release: HAP Announces 2018 Achievement Award Winners

May 10, 2018

News Release:  The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) annually recognizes innovative hospital through its esteemed Achievement Awards program. Twelve winning programs were selected from 91 entries this year.

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HAP Develops Online Infection Prevention Training for Outpatient Settings

May 04, 2018

HAP’s infection preventionists have developed three online training modules that address infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship in outpatient settings. The one-hour modules—designed for physicians, nurses, and other clinicians—are available on TRAIN PA, Pennsylvania's public health training website.

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Health Care Organizations Focus on Hand Hygiene to Prevent Sepsis

May 03, 2018

The World Health Organization (WHO) is stressing that on May 5, health care organizations focus on the importance of hand hygiene in preventing sepsis. WHO, in its latest effort to improve hand hygiene compliance and reduce sepsis, has declared May 5 as World Hand Hygiene Day and developed a call for action for health care organizations.

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CDC, Infectious Disease Professionals Urge Action to Stop the Spread of Antibiotic-resistant Germs

April 06, 2018

In recent weeks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and several associations of health care professionals stressed the importance of efforts to combat the spread of unusual germs that are resistant to all or most antibiotics or can spread their resistance to other germs.

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Study Finds Antibiotic-Resistant Infection Treatment Costs Have Doubled Since 2002

March 26, 2018

A study published in Heath Affairs found that between 2002–2014, an estimated 14 million infections occurred each year in U.S. civilian non-institutionalized adults, and 1.2 million of them were due to antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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HAP Achievement Awards Winner Spotlight: Mercy Health System of Southeastern PA

March 22, 2018

Incredible work is being done across the state as Pennsylvania hospitals work to improve the quality and safety of patient care. This week we’re sharing the award-winning program developed by Mercy Health System of Southeastern PA to push back against negative social determinants of health and reduce health disparities.

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