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6 COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Errors

With 44 million vaccines administered and numbers trending steadily upward, the COVID-19 vaccination process is starting to kick into high gear. And with each vaccination administered there are lessons learned that can serve as process improvement opportunities to ensure a better experience for future recipients. Here are six COVID-19 vaccine administration errors that providers encountered, and process improvement steps that you can take to ensure vaccine efficacy and patient safety.


Managing the COVID-19 Patient Workflow

Will administering the COVID-19 vaccines to over 200 million Americans require the crowd control you see at large events? Although the massive security detail necessary for the Super Bowl won’t be required, managing the COVID-19 vaccine patient workflow might be more complex. There are numerous challenges to consider.


Managing COVID-19 Vaccine Administration

400 million COVID-19 vaccine doses are on order and more are needed to accommodate the 329 million people in the U.S. As if the vaccination process wasn’t already complex, the sheer magnitude of vaccinating hundreds of millions of people in a condensed time frame creates numerous challenges for healthcare providers. For example, with vaccines administered in facilities ranging from a physician’s office to a community building, the complexity of maintaining proper protocols increase. Use these COVID-19 vaccine administration steps to help you manage the process.


COVID-19 Vaccine Storage Tips

Since last March, COVID-19 has created a series of ongoing challenges for healthcare providers. Fortunately, FDA approval of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines and the expectation that over 100 million people in the U.S. will receive it by March 31, 2021, offers hope that the end of the pandemic is in sight. But, administering the vaccine to millions of people won’t be easy. In fact, storing and handling the vaccine properly will create yet one more hurdle for healthcare providers to overcome. Use these COVID-19 vaccine storage tips to help you manage the process.


5 Solutions To Lab Testing Bottlenecks Caused By COVID-19

On average, over 1.7 million community-based COVID-19 tests are conducted each day. And for a patient, it’s a two-step process. First, a healthcare professional extracts a tissue sample and then in a few days the patient receives the test result. If it’s positive, they start a treatment regimen. But, what patients don’t see are the complex steps in between and how those steps sometimes impede the speed and accuracy of test results.


How Healthcare Label Adhesive Selection Impacts Patient Safety

Healthcare organizations spend millions on state of the art diagnostic equipment, life-saving drugs and medical devices that improve patient care. But, there are times when less costly supplies create unforeseen problems with these investments. And, in some situations, problems that disrupt the clinical staff’s ability to provide effective patient care. Fortunately, they are problems that proper healthcare label adhesive selection can prevent.[...]

Steps To Better Hand Hygiene Compliance

Hand hygiene. Wash hands. Clean hands. Infection prevention. You pick the phrase but the fact is hand-washing is a never-ending problem for hospitals. Healthcare professionals know it’s the best way to prevent the spread of germs and diseases. But, on average, hand-washing compliance tops out at about 50%. That means when doctors, nurses and the medical staff come into contact with patients and germs, you can expect them to wash their hands every other time, at most! The potential for spreading infections and viruses have significant implications for healthcare providers. What can you do to impact improvement?[...]

2020 National Patient Safety Goals

Patient safety. It’s embedded into the processes and procedures of all health systems. Yet, consistently executing effective patient safety remains an ongoing challenge. In fact, faculty at the Harvard School of Public Health characterized patient safety improvements in hospitals as “excruciatingly slow.” But to bring focus to patient safety hot spots throughout the spectrum of care, each year The Joint Commission publishes their national patient safety goals. The goals touch on issues related to problems in healthcare safety and define steps on how to solve them. This post was updated in January, 2020 to reflect the most current information.[...]

Oxygen Cylinder Storage - New Labeling Guidelines

New oxygen cylinder storage guidelines impact hospital Biomedical and Clinical Engineering departments. Recently, the Joint Commission (TJC) revised their acceptable standards which had been in place for several years. Have you updated your workflow?[...]

IV Line Labels Impact On Adverse Drug Events

An IV line label is commonly viewed as small and simplistic. In reality, they contain numerous complexities. And if they are used incorrectly or are in conflict with internal protocols, they can contribute to adverse drug events. To ensure you taking the necessary steps to insure patient safety and maintain compliance, read more.[...]
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