Healthcare Industry Hand Hygiene Compliance: Zero Tolerance

The American Journal of Infection Control recently published a study on hand hygiene compliance (HHC) among healthcare workers. Here are some key findings from the report: Hand hygiene compliance was 91% for health workers observed overtly. For workers who were observed covertly, hand hygiene compliance was 49.3%. HHC based on covert observation increased to 66.9% after an intervention.   To... Read More

Urgent Care Center Impact on Emergency Department Use

In a working paper issued in January 2019 by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), researchers examined how urgent care centers (UCCs) impact emergency department (ED) demand.  After urgent care centers closed for the day, ED visits for minor illnesses by privately insured patients in locations with multiple UCCs increased by 1.4% (2.4 million ED visits) because UCCs are... Read More