Wound care nurses' role in achieving the triple aim | VA MRSA-control protocol also reduced Gram-negative infections | Alliance develops training materials for family caregivers
July 20, 2016
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Wound care nurses' role in achieving the triple aim
Nurses are in a position to help their organizations achieve the so-called triple aim of improving the patient experience, improving population health and reducing the per capita cost of health care through the framework of the nursing process, writes M. Anne Longo, former senior director of the Center for Professional Excellence/Education at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Nurses assess and diagnose wounds, partner with physicians on care planning, implement care plans and use data to evaluate progress, Longo writes.
Today's Wound Clinic magazine (July 2016) 
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VA MRSA-control protocol also reduced Gram-negative infections
An infection-control program implemented at all 127 Veterans Affairs acute-care hospitals reduced the rate of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections by 75% in intensive care units and by two-thirds systemwide. A new study shows that the program also resulted in a 43% decrease in tough-to-eradicate Gram-negative bacterial infections.
National Geographic News (free registration) (7/13) 
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Alliance develops training materials for family caregivers
Laws in 31 US states and territories require hospitals to notify a designated caregiver before discharging a patient and to allow that caregiver to ask questions about care the patient will need at home. A new coalition called the Home Alone Alliance is developing free materials, including video tutorials and online courses, to teach caregivers how to change dressings, administer medications and perform other tasks.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (7/18) 
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Necrotizing fasciitis kills 75-year-old Pa. man
A retired Philadelphia police officer died three days after sustaining a superficial cut while helping a man bring in crab traps in the Chesapeake Bay. Vibrio vulnificus infected the cut, resulting in a deadly case of necrotizing fasciitis.
The Philadelphia Inquirer (7/19) 
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Research, Technology & Innovation
Stitches with sensors can monitor diabetic wounds
Tufts University researchers developed "smart" stitches integrated with nanoscale sensors that can monitor the status of a wound. The technology could aid patients with chronic diabetic ulcers, according to Sameer Sonkusale, co-author of the study reported in the journal Microsystems & Nanoengineering.
The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (7/18) 
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Health Policy & Regulation
Slavitt to lawmakers: CMS could move MACRA start date
Andy Slavitt
Slavitt (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
The CMS could delay the start of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act payment reforms because stakeholders have indicated some physicians may not be ready by the current Jan. 1 deadline, said CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt in testimony before the Senate Finance Committee. Slavitt said the agency is also considering shorter reporting periods, alternative ways of gathering data and additional ways to reimburse providers caring for chronic patients at a higher rate.
Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (7/13) 
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