Hospital quality –again

Yesterday I quoted a Boston Globe/AP article on hospital quality initiatives. There’s actually a better article in today’s USA Today that describes the specific best practices being followed, such as:

  • Elevating the head of the bed to prevent patients on ventilators from getting pneumonia
  • Making sure hospital staff wash hands before inserting a central line (!!)
  • Giving antibiotics before surgery
  • Not shaving pre-op patients. (Shaving can promote infections)
June 7, 2005

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