So many of us overlook the need for adult-friendly, accessible bathrooms in public spaces. Yet for millions around the world, a general lack of accessible restrooms poses a real challenge on a daily basis. Public, adult-accessible bathrooms can help to alleviate fear and humiliation – and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to explore the world comfortably. From grocery shopping and posting mail to sightseeing, visiting friends and family, and attending scheduled appointments, everything is easier when accessible bathrooms are clean, easy to find, and ubiquitous. Transforming Lives, One Restroom at a Time Changing Places, a UK-based organization, has made it its missi ..

02Jan

Studies released this year by JAMA Internal Medicine (https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/article-abstract/2659323?redirect=true) reveal the power of electronic health records (EHRs) in tracking down sources of common hospital-acquired infections. By tracing the movements of nearly 90,000 patients over a three-year period, the University of California’s San Francisco Health Informatics team was able to pinpoint the sources of a single common bacterium – Clostridium, or “C. Diff.” UCSF’s findings illuminate new possibilities for EHRs, namely the potential for uncovering meaningful patterns in large-scale hospital datasets. EHRs: A Moder ..

28Nov

Spotlight on Technology: How Design Thinking Can Transform Patient Safety Perhaps it’s uncommon to consider groundbreaking design when you’re thinking of patient safety, but our selection of innovative solutions to patient care is continuously pushing the boundaries between function and aesthetics. In fact, Pressalit Care, one of our select manufactuers, is thrilled to announce its most recent accolade: The Nightingale Silver Award, presented at the Healthcare Design Conference in Orlando, Florida. The Nightingale goes to Pressalit’s MATRIX M wash basin, selected as the winner due to its unique design and pioneering adaptability. MATRIX M is designed by Pressalit’ ..

Breeding Grounds: Surprising Bacteria Hosts Reducing Bacteria? Start with Scrubs According to recent research conducted at the Duke University Hospital, scrubs – the common uniform of healthcare professionals all around the world – are often contaminated with bacteria—even after they’ve been treated with bacterial deterrents. Staph and MRSA were among the most commonly transmitted bacteria, the studies report, and researchers confirmed that scrubs – antibacterial or not – are generally not effective at reducing bacterial spread. Though this news is likely to alarm healthcare workers and their institutions’ administrators, it joins a growi ..

Care at the Bedside: Patient Safety and the Personal Touch The Human Element of Patient Safety Healthcare providers are busy people with important work to do. Unfortunately, efficiency can sometimes come across as brusque, blunt, or downright rude behavior – at least when it comes to the patient’s perspective. Today, we explore the role of a healthy bedside manner as part of a holistic approach to patient safety and care. The research is in, and it’s definitive: A friendly, honest, and genuine interaction with a healthcare professional does wonders for a patient’s health and well-being. The Patient’s Voice Counts Though some physicians chafe at  ..

Antibiotic Resistant Strains: America’s Hidden Healthcare Threat One of the United States’ most pervasive health threats may be much closer to home than you think. Today, more than twenty thousand Americans are dying annually from antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections—and in Europe, the figures are slightly higher. Every year in the United States, at least two million people acquire infections that resist one or more of the antibiotics’ courses they attempt. Most frighteningly, within the last fifteen years, the number of antibiotic-resistant infections has doubled – and figures continue to rise. Lost Productivity, Nationwide As a cons ..

Active Engagement, Optimal Care: The Electronic Medical Record Studies released this month by researchers at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and OpenNotes shed new light on the nature of the electronic medical record, or “EHR.” Today, most healthcare organizations in the United States have adopted some form of EHR, which includes notes and observations inputted by doctors, nurses, therapists, and receptionists. Electronic records are dynamic, updated with each patient interaction – but they’ve also proven volatile, their convenience marred by some of the growing pains inherent to any new technology. EHRs, for example, are commonly cited as the number one  ..

The NYS Zero Lift Task Force: SPH in Action Learning Bound: The Ninth Annual Safe Patient Handling Conference NYS Zero Lift Task Force: Ensuring the Safety of Healthcare Workers NYS Zero Lift Task Force: Putting the Healthcare Worker First This month, we’ve got our eye on the New York State Zero Lift Task Force, an organization comprised of healthcare workers, administrators, patient advocates, union representatives, and health and safety professionals committed to ensuring the well-being of all patients and healthcare workers in the state of New York. We especially admire the NYS Zero Lift Task Force for their humble, ever-critical mission statement: “To create  ..

As the weather warms up and the days continue to get longer, vacation season is fast approaching! As many of our clients throughout the Mid Atlantic are hotel and resort owners, we’d like to share a few of the frequently asked questions on implementing handicapped friendly facilities in hospitality venues. Why would I want to make handicapped accessible hotel rooms? What if I don’t have many handicapped guests? The obvious answer is that handicapped accessible hotel facilities allow disabled guests to use sinks and showers with greater ease. As a business owner, you’ll want to bring in as many visitors as possible, regardless of their physical ability. When dis ..

14Apr

As the world around us continues to evolve, it becomes increasingly important to be able to adapt with it. Wheelchairs, walkers, and other aids have changed over time, and our handicapped facilities must be kept up to date as well. Bathrooms that were ‘handicapped accessible’ 30 years ago, may not be sufficient for users for today. Flexible wheelchair sink and shower chair designs will help extend the life of your handicapped bathroom by allowing it to adapt to changing needs. What’s more, Pressalit’s lineup is loaded with stylish, modern, and clean options that ensure handicapped features will enhance, not detract from the room’s appearance. If you’re a hotel owner looking to incre ..