Vermont hospitals show low infection rate in national report

first_imgThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) has released its “First State-Specific Healthcare-Associated Infections Summary Data Report”, which gives an overview of where the country stands in efforts to prevent central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI). The report is based on both national and state-specific CLABSI data collected by NHSN.The NHSN report looked at CLABSI data from January – June 2009. During that time, Vermont hospitals reported CLABSI rates that were among the lowest of the seventeen states that were included in the report, and that were significantly lower than the report’s standardized infection ratio baseline of 1.0. Vermont’s ratio for the period reported was 0.27.“This report is good news for Vermonters who depend on Vermont hospitals to provide quality health care services and treatment,” said Paulette J. Thabault, Commissioner of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration. “Vermont’s leadership in this area has been the result of extraordinary collaboration between consumer advocates, the Legislature, hospital infection preventionists, the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, the Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care, and state agencies.”Jill Olson, Vice President of Policy and Operations at the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, echoed Thabault’s sentiment about the dedication and effort responsible for the positive results reported by NHSN. “Vermont’s results are a credit to the physicians and nurses who take care of Vermonters every day, and to the dedicated hospital infection preventionists who help bring medical evidence into practice at the bedside.” “This is real health care reform: quality and safety improvements for patients. Vermont’s excellent performance demonstrates the importance of transparency and public reporting in spurring quality improvement. It’s a proud day for consumer advocates, hospitals and BISHCA here in Vermont,” said Jeanne Keller, who represents a small business association, Business Resource Services, on the Hospital Report Card Advisory Panel.Vermont was the third state in the country to publicly report hospital-specific CLABSI rates, beginning in 2007, as part of health care quality improvement efforts overseen by BISHCA. Vermont hospitals have participated in the NHSN system since 2006, and Vermont was the first state to utilize the system for public reporting. The CLABSI report is part of BISHCA’s annual Hospital Report Card, which can be found on the BISHCA website. A copy of the NHSN report is also available on BISHCA’s site.According to the CDC, an estimated 248,000 bloodstream infections occur in U.S. hospitals each year. It is believed that a large proportion of these are associated with the presence of a central line – a flexible tube inserted near the heart or into one of the large veins or arteries, and used to administer medication or fluids, obtain blood tests, and directly obtain cardiovascular measurements. Because of where central lines are located, they can cause potentially dangerous bloodstream infections. Bloodstream infections can cause longer hospital stays, increased costs and increased risk of mortality. CLABSI can be prevented through proper management of central lines.About BISHCAThe Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration touches most Vermonters in some fashion, through its regulation and monitoring of a broad spectrum of financial and health industry activities. Regulated entities/areas include, for example: banks, licensed lenders, credit unions, insurance companies and their products, agents, securities firms, broker/dealers and investment advisors, HMO’s and hospital finances.Source: BISHCA. 5.27.2010last_img read more

NFF Mourns as Austin Mgbolu Passes on

first_img“This is very sad. I pray that God Almighty will protect the family and loved ones he has left behind and give them the fortitude to bear this big loss.“He was a thorough professional who did his job to the best of his ability and even as an analyst on television, he was forthright and provided wise counsel for the advancement of the Nigeria game. We pray that God will grant him eternal rest,” NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, said.Nicknamed ‘Booster’ for his magnanimity and encouragement of younger professionals, Mgbolu served with the administrations of Samson Emeka Omeruah (of blessed memory), Abdulmumuni Aminu and Anthony Kojo Williams, and briefly with the board of Brigadier-General Dominic Oneya (rtd) who came into office when Williams was impeached in 2000.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Nigerian Football family was again thrown into mourning wednesday after news spread of the death of one-time image-maker of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Austin Mgbolu.Mgbolu, who served as public relations officer of then NFA between 1993 and 2001, was a highly conscientious, energetic and dedicated professional and left giant marks for predecessors to follow.Reports indicates that Mgbolu had a major surgery last month and appeared to have regained good health, before complications early wednesday morning led to his being rushed to the hospital where he died.last_img read more

Women of Troy tuning up for run in the post-season

first_imgComing off a third-place finish at the USA Volleyball Beach Collegiate Challenge at Hermosa Beach on Saturday, April 20, the No. 4-ranked USC women’s sand volleyball team now moves on to take part in an exhibition match with the USA junior national beach team on Saturday, April 27.“Pairs on the junior national team might be similar to a North Florida or a Louisiana-Monroe team that we might meet that have that scrappy, little beach game,” USC head coach Anna Collier said. “This will be good for our team of more beach-style players so that we don’t get caught off guard by these other teams’ different styles of play.”Although it will only be an exhibition, this will be USC’s last home match at the brand new Merle Norman Stadium, where the team has gone 7-3 this season.“It’s a lot easier playing on our home sand because we are able to move quicker, run faster and jump higher than we would on the actual beach,” graduate student Stevi Robinson said. “More than anything though, we just need the ball touches and playing competitive games.”The matches will serve as a final tune-up for the Women of Troy before they travel to the American Volleyball Coaches Association sand volleyball national championship in Gulf Shores, Ala., May 3-5.The Women of Troy (14-6) found out this week that they will be the fourth seed in the tournament, which top-ranked Pepperdine won last year. This seeding seems to be appropriate since USC has been ranked as the No. 4 team in the country for the majority of the season. Its highest ranking earlier this season was third but dropped a spot after narrowly losing to Florida State.“I felt our seed was appropriate since every team above us has beaten us, but I think we are better than at least one team that is above us,” Collier said. “However, we didn’t play enough to prove that we are so it’s fair.”The Women of Troy will also have individual pairs participating in a 16-team pairs championship that will feature the top duos in the nation on sand. USC will be represented by its No. 1 team of junior Kirby Burnham and Robinson, as well as the No. 2-ranked pair of senior Katie Fuller and freshman Cinnamon Sary.Last weekend at the USAV tournament, the duo of Burnham and Robinson finished as the runner-ups in the gold division, tying for the highest finish of any USC team. The two beat Long Beach State’s, Santa Clara’s and Pepperdine’s No. 2 teams, all in straight sets, before dropping the final to Pepperdine’s No. 1 duo of Kim Hill and Lilla Frederick in two close sets, 21-19, 21-18.The pair of junior Sam Hirschmann and senior Natasa Siljkovic also finished as runner-ups, but in the bronze division, falling to yet another Pepperdine pair in the final. The USC duo narrowly lost in three sets, 15-21, 21-15, 12-15.In the team competition, USC won two of its three dual matches, opening the day with a 4-1 loss to No. 2 Long Beach State and then bouncing back with commanding wins over CSU Bakersfield (4-1) and Loyola Marymount (5-0).USC will look to build on its performance last weekend against the USA junior national beach team on Saturday. That team features former USC players such as Geena Urango, who was the first scholarship recipient of the Women of Troy’s sand program in its 2012 debut season. First serve for the dual is set for 9 a.m.last_img read more

Management discussion in a number of counties

first_imgDespite their All-Ireland exit at the hands of Dublin last month, some good news for the Kerry senior footballers this morning with confirmation that Eamonn Fitzmaurice is staying on for another two years. He was ratified by the County Board last night and will take his term to the end of the 2018 Championships. Having taken over in 2012, he led Kerry to All-Ireland glory in 2014. His team bowed out of the 2016 instalment with a two point loss to Dublin in the semi-finals. Under his reign, Kerry have only lost three times in the Championship – all to the Dubs. His backroom team have yet to be confirmed. Things are less clear in Tyrone where Mickey Harte’s request for an extension to his own term has been rejected by the county board. Harte’s current agreement expires at the end of the 2017 Championship, he had requested a further year but no dice so far from Tyrone. Harte is the longest serving manager in the country, he won a first Ulster title since 2010 this year and went out of the Championship with a one point loss to Mayo in the quarters. And there’s a call too from the Donegal captain Michael Murphy this morning for his own manager – Rory Gallagher – to remain on beyond next year. Gallagher was before his County Board this week to review the year – they’re the beaten Ulster finalists and also succumbed to Dublin, in the quarters. Roscommon’s joint-manager Fergal O’Donnell – and two of his selectors – have vacated their positions saying the decision has been made ‘in the best interests of Roscommon football’ and indicating that they didn’t want the ‘inevitable distraction of a potentially divisive contest for the position of manager’ between O’Donnell and the other joint manager Kevin McStay. It’s a short end to the agreed three year stint, the statement also says ‘a concerted effort had been made to undermine and disparage’ him but not from management or the players. The Roscommon County Board have issued a statement of their own to thank Fergal O’Donnell, David Casey and Stephen Bohan and to confirm the Management Committee will meet tonight to discuss the 2017 management ticket. last_img read more