Toolkit targets infections through antimicrobial stewardship   10/17/2012
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has issued a toolkit to help hospitals reduce C. difficile infections by reducing inappropriate use of antibiotics, which may contribute to infections. Boston University School of Public Health collaborated with Montefiore Medical Center and the Greater New York Hospital Association/United Hospital Fund to develop the toolkit for AHRQ and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with help from 10 New York hospitals. The toolkit incorporates lessons learned from hospitals that served as intervention sites.
CDC: Heart failure hospitalizations rise 21% for men under 65   10/17/2012
The hospitalization rate for congestive heart failure was unchanged overall between 2000 and 2010, but increased 21% for men under age 65 and declined significantly for older women, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Males' higher health risk factors and lower utilization of health care services, including preventive care, could mean that conditions known to cause CHF - such as diabetes, hypertension and coronary artery disease - were more often left undiagnosed and untreated for males compared with females," the authors said. About one million Americans were hospitalized for congestive heart failure in 2010, about the same as in 2000.
ASHE announces education initiative   10/17/2012
The AHA's American Society for Healthcare Engineering is collaborating with energy management specialist Schneider Electric to develop university programs that define and encourage a career path in health care facility management, design or construction. As a first step in the collaboration, ASHE members are invited to participate in a free Oct. 31 webinar on Schneider Electric's Energy University, an e-learning program on energy efficiency topics. The webinar, at 12 p.m. Central Time, will provide an overview of the program's free course offerings and identify development paths using specific courses for health care facility managers, energy managers and technicians. To register for the webinar, click here.