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

Two bidders are fighting for the contractor of the Electronic Toll Collection System Study

first_imgIn the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, financial offers were opened yesterday in the process of selecting the contractor for the Study of the Electronic Toll Collection System.In accordance with the tender proposals, a total of four technical and financial bids were received: Community of Bidders Ernst & Young Consulting Croatia and Ernst & Young GmbH Germany, Bidder MultiContract Consulting from Hungary, Bidder IDOM Consulting from Spain, Bidder CGI Czech Republic from the Czech Republic.After the evaluation of technical bids in which it was determined that two bidders meet the technical requirements, the commission conducted a second round in which the public opening of financial bids was carried out. communities of bidders Ernst & Young consulting Croatia and Ernst & Young GmbH Germany (Value of financial bid – 1.124.080,00 euros) and the bidder IDOM Consulting from Spain (Value of financial offer 875.526.43 euros). Both bidders offered project teams formed by domestic and foreign experts, according to the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure.The consultant selection procedure is carried out with the consent of the World Bank and in accordance with the procedure (QCBS – Quality and Cost Based Selection), which consists of 8 steps. The final selection of advisors for the preparation of the Study of the Electronic Toll Collection System, which is being carried out as part of the Project for Modernization and Restructuring of the Road Sector of the Republic of Croatia, is expected in early July.Seasonal toll prices from June 15 to September 14 bring a 10% price increase From Friday, June 15 to September 14, seasonal toll prices will be introduced on motorways operated by Croatian Motorways (HAC) and the Rijeka-Zagreb Motorway (ARZ). Seasonal toll prices are introduced for IA, I. and from this year and for II. group of vehicles, and on III. and IV. vehicle group does not apply. In the seasonal period, the unit toll price for vehicles IA, I. and II. groups increases by 10%.The model of seasonal toll prices, which was introduced last year, during the 3 summer months in a period of increased traffic intensity, is one of the accepted measures of financial restructuring of companies in the road sector. The introduction of seasonal toll prices for certain categories of vehicles stems from the fact that about 40% of total annual traffic is realized in the summer months, and on some motorways the number of vehicles increases up to three times in summer compared to the rest of the year.last_img read more

Autopsy confirms former basketball star was murdered

first_imgLawrenceburg, In. — An autopsy has confirmed Thomas Biedenbam, 73, was murdered in his home on Highridge Court in Hidden Valley over the Memorial Day weekend.Detectives have sifted through the home and surrounding property for evidence but are still looking for any information to solve the case. Tips can be left confidentially by calling 812-689-5000.A report from WLWT in Cincinnati says Biedenbam was a standout basketball player at Elder that set scoring records that still stand today. In high school, he played on at least one championship team before playing for UC.last_img

Bart’s Oilfield Services, LLC of Wellington looking for water truck driver

first_imgBart’s Oilfield Services, LLC of Wellington is looking for a water truck driver for immediate hire.Driver needed to safely operate a water truck to haul loads of water and other oil/gas fluids and transfer them between various locations. Job work is short hauls around Sumner County.This position is hourly and will include overtime. Job reporting site is Wellington. For more information on the position, should e-mail [email protected] Bart’s Oil Services, LLC operates under federal motor carrier dot regulations.last_img