Archive for August 2021

In normal times in this country, only three percent of the population donates blood. Yet, the pandemic has worsened the situation even more, causing donor fatigue and lack of supply. In addition, more stringent guidelines have reduced the number of donors as well. On this episode, beginning a three-part series, we discuss the causes and effects of a shrinking blood supply and how to face this challenge.

 

Guest speaker:

Akiva Faerber

Senior Principal

Vizient

 

Moderator:

Tomas Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHM

Principal

Clinical Operations and Quality

Vizient

 

Show Notes:

[00:52] A grim situation

[02:26] Effect from an increased number of tests and guidelines

[03:41] Recruiting donors

[06:10] Changing clinical practice on use of blood

[07:50] Restrictive vs liberal blood use policies

[08:46] Vizient data to guide blood management

 

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To contact Modern Practice: modernpracticepodcast@vizientinc.com

Akiva Faerber’s contact email: akiva.faerber@vizientinc.com

Conservation of Blood Products (The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center) Click here

Severe Blood Shortage (American Red Cross web page) Click here

 

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In this final episode of our series on HACs, we examine the challenge of Clostridium difficile infection (C. diff, or CDI) for clinicians and patients. Highly infectious and unsusceptible to alcohol, CDI is cause for concern, with infection rates rising after COVID-19, as they are for all HACs. Yet, a systematic approach according to new guidelines can curb and eliminate this condition.

 

Guest speaker:

Richard Beaver, B.S. Chem, MBB, CPHQ

Senior Consulting Director

Vizient

 

Moderator:

Tomas Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHM

Principal

Clinical Operations and Quality

Vizient

 

Show Notes:

[00:31] New CDI guidelines

[01:21] Insight on major causes – and an example

[03:31] Benefit of early detection at hospital

[05:57] Issues with testing protocols, isolation practices and use of antibiotics

[09:21] A multi-faceted approach

 

Links | Resources:

Rick Beaver’s contact email: richard.beaver@vizientinc.com

New CDI guidelines (IDSA and SHEA) Click here

CMS Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) fact sheet Click here

CMS Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) reduction program Click here

Information on Vizient’s Clinical Data Base (CDB) Click here

AHRQ tools to reduce HACs Click here

 

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Surgical site infections (SSIs) are persistent and challenging, no more so than following the COVID-19 outbreak. Now that elective surgeries are ramping up again, it is more important than ever to prevent SSIs, and that is the focus for this episode in our series addressing HACs.

 

Guest speaker:

Richard Beaver, B.S. Chem, MBB, CPHQ

Senior Consulting Director

Vizient

 

Moderator:

Tomas Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHM

Principal

Clinical Operations and Quality

Vizient

 

Show Notes:

[00:36] The upsurge in sepsis

[02:25] Limited SSI improvement in some cases

[03:39] A combination of causes

[04:50] Lack of compliance

[05:59] Prophylactic antibiotics

[08:35] Chlorhexidine

[10:33] Accurate metrics and analysis for key drivers of improvement

[11:35] 360-degree approach

 

Links | Resources:

Rick Beaver’s contact email: richard.beaver@vizientinc.com

CMS Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) fact sheet Click here

CMS Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) reduction program Click here

Information on Vizient’s Clinical Data Base (CDB) Click here

AHRQ tools to reduce HACs Click here

 

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The outbreak of COVID-19 exacerbated the occurrence of Hospital-Acquired Conditions (HACs) in health care organizations, and bringing infection rates back down is a struggle. This series examines the steps we can take to reduce HACs, and on this episode, we focus on catheter-associated urinary tract infections, or CAUTIs.

 

Guest speaker:

Richard Beaver, B.S. Chem, MBB, CPHQ

Senior Consulting Director

Vizient

 

Moderator:

Tomas Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHM

Principal

Clinical Operations and Quality

Vizient

 

Show Notes:

[00:33] Occurrences of CAUTI

[01:11] Foley removal practice

[05:51] Other causes and managing the perineum

[08:25] Addressing the bundle components

 

Links | Resources:

Rick Beaver’s contact email: richard.beaver@vizientinc.com

CMS Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) fact sheet Click here

CMS Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) reduction program Click here

Information on Vizient’s Clinical Data Base (CDB) Click here

AHRQ tools to reduce HACs Click here

 

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