Just Wash Your Hands!

Angie Szumlinski Compliance, Studies

In a recent study published in JAMA Network, hand hygiene compliance remains low, averaging 50% across hospitals nationwide. Some institutions have implemented automated monitoring versus direct observation which tends to capture few events and may lead to inaccurate measurements. The University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) implemented an automated hand hygiene monitoring system in 2015. An infrared sensor anonymously records …

Staff Engagement and Patient Safety Outcomes

Angie Szumlinski Studies

Despite decades of research, improving health care safety remains a global priority. Individual studies have demonstrated links between staff engagement and care quality, but until now, any relationship between engagement and patient safety outcomes has been more speculative. A recent study was published in the Journal of Patient Safety, where systematic searches of Medline, CINAHL, PsycInfo, Embase, Cochrane, Library, and …