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Hospitals Being Coerced into Disclosing Infection Rates
May lose partial Medicare funding if they refuse
Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI’s)
are the most common complication of hospital care and are listed among the top ten leading causes of death in the United States. It is estimated that each year there are more than 1.7 million infections, 99,000 deaths, and $3.1 billion dollars in excess health-care costs in acute-care hospitals alone.
The vision of the federal government’s HAI reporting program is to significantly reduce these infections in the coming years. Of particular concern are septicemias caused by improperly handled catheters. Nearly 250,000 septicemias occur each year in U.S. hospitals due to catheters, and they contribute to roughly 31,000 patient deaths annually. Recent research shows that most all of these deadly blood infections can be prevented by implementing safety measures by hospital staff.
The new federal HAI reporting program, which began this year, is technically voluntary. However, if any of the nations 4,300 acute-care hospitals don’t comply, they would lose two percent of their Medicare funding beginning in 2013.
It is hoped that the new measures will focus more attention on hospital infection control, shorten the average length of patient hospitalization, and ultimately save lives.
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Can you match the real namesto the following celebritystage names?
1. Tom Cruise
2. Pee Wee Herman
3. Tiger Woods
4. Michael Caine
5. Tom Jones
A. Thomas Woodward
B. Thomas Mapother IV
C. Paul Reubenfeld
D. Eldrick Woods
E. Maurice Micklewhite
F. Gordon Sumner
1.B; 2. C; 3. D; 4. E; 5. A; 6.F
Think about it…
- Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?
- If a turtle loses its shell, is it naked or homeless?
- Why don’t psychics predict the winning lottery numbers and retire?
- What happens if you drive at the speed of light and turn your head lights on?
- Why is abbreviation such a long word?
Lady Nancy Astor:
“If I had a husband like you, I’d give him poison!”
“Madam, If I had a wife like you I’d take it.”
“The war against infectious diseases has been won.”
“It is time to close the book on infectious disease.”
~ Dr. William Stewart ~
Surgeon General of the United States
1965 to 1969
Gloating over the apparent victory over measles and smallpox in 1967; oblivious to looming epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and resistant bacteria.
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that can be transferred as a result of transplantation surgery.
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Seeing is Believing?
So where did this “hole“
The bottom triangle is made up of the exact same shapes as the top triangle, just rearranged. The overall shape and size of the two triangles are identical. So where did the white “hole” come from?
“Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.”
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MicrobiologyHall of Fame. . .
Researcher in Robert Koch’s Lab.
Discovered the use of agar in culture media.
In 1874, Fanny Angelina Eilshemius, an American from New York, married Walter Hesse, a German physician, who later went to work in Robert Koch’s microbiology lab in Berlin.
Walter became frustrated by their inability to effectively grow and isolate bacterial colonies. They tried using gelatin as a gelling agent, but many species of bacteria digest and liquefy gelatin. What’s more, the gelatin tended to melt in the hot summer months. They also tried growing bacteria on slices of potato, but this did not support the growth of many bacterial species.
Fanny finally solved the problem by suggesting that they useagarfrom seaweed. Fanny was familiar with the use of agar in her jams and jellies, which she learned from one of her Dutch neighbors who had previously lived in Java (Indonesia).
Fanny’s suggestion, made in 1881, turned out to be very successful, and helped Koch and his researchers discover the causative agent for 21 different diseases within 21 years!
In Koch’s lab, Fanny continued with her research and was noted for her excellent illustrations of the organisms she observed under the microscope.
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Wisdom to ponder…
Led the Green Bay Packers
to five NFL championships
1913 ~ 1970
“If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.”
“If it doesn’t matter who wins or loses, then why do they keep score?”
“People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.”
“Winners never quit and quitters never win.”
“Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.”
“Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser.”
“The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall.”
“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”
“We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time.”
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Advice from the Founders…
“It does not take a majority to prevail…
but rather an irate, tireless minority,
keen on setting brushfires of freedom
in the minds of men.”
American statesman, founding father,
and political philosopher
1722 ~ 1803
is the most widely shared
commodity in the world,
for every man is convinced
that he is well supplied with it.”
1596 ~ 1650