Patient safety is finally receiving the notice it deserves. At last month's Patient Safety Summit in Irvine, CA, big names including Bill Clinton and Joe Bidden spoke to increase awareness on issues that effect our healthcare system today and the need for better measures to prevent spreadable infections.
We interviewed Ann Schide, MSN, RN, MS, CLNC, LCCE, BSC, an Associate Professor at Chattanooga State Community College. A very committed, caring and innovative nurse..."I speak not from arrogance, but from self-confidence. I believe strongly in this type of advocacy for our health care system and those who need it."
Lives and money are saved with infection prevention programs. A recent study released last week by the CDC demonstrates that patients who had infections while in an intensive care unit were 35% more likely to die within the following 5 years. It is a very powerful study and one that should be a red flag to hospitals across the nation.
We at Fitsi love design almost as much as we love nurses. So who better to interview than Debbie Gregory, a nurse who also holds a degree in interior design! Based on her 30 years of experience as a nurse, healthcare consultant, and interior designer, Debbie is an industry leading advocate for clinical representation to build functional healthcare environments that improve safety, efficiency, and patient outcomes.
We interviewed Barbara M. Topf, RN, MA, an early pioneer in the field of infection control. She has co-authored several articles about infection control as well as presented nationally to nurses, physicians, and surgical assistant students on the topic and was an active member of the Association of Practitioners in Infection Control.
We interviewed John Ekholm, Fitsi Health's Director of Product Design, on designing for medical spaces and how he collaborated with Fitsi Founder, Kathleen Puri, RN to design Fitsi. John holds a B.A. in Biological Science from the University of Chicago as well as a master's degree in Product Design and Development from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Fitsi is a product created by a nurse. So to celebrate the work that so many nurses do, we decided to feature them on our blog! For our first in the Nurses Spotlight series, we interviewed Nancy Moughrabi, FNP-BC from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Nancy graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at T.C. Thompson Childrens Hospital for five years before pursing her Masters in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She started her career as a Nurse Practitioner in 2009 and has worked in a pediatric and family practice settings in the community. She lives with her husband, Nadeem, and two children, Mason and Ellie.
Today, the New York Academy of Medicine is honoring Elaine Larson, the 2014 recipient of the John Stearns Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Clinical Practice. Larson, a pioneer in promoting hand hygiene for infection prevention and control, is also the first nurse to receive this distinguished honor.
A recent study published in the online medical journal of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology reported that hospital patients washed their hands only 30% of the time when visiting the bathroom (12,000 bathroom visits were observed in the Toronto based study). When entering or leaving a room the rate of hand washing for patients was a dismal 5%.