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 ..


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 ..

With vacation season right around the corner, hotel owners throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware are busy preparing for summer guests. If you’re a hotel owner in the Mid Atlantic, you may be purchasing new linens, stocking up on toiletries, or making repairs where necessary. One thing you may not have considered is updating the accommodations for disabled guests. Visitors of all sizes, ages, and physical abilities pass through each room on a regular basis, so having flexible bathroom facilities in a hotel makes real sense. Here are just some of the reasons why you’ll want to upgrade your hotel’s handicapped accessible facilities. Expand Your Clientel ..


With spring and warm weather right around the corner, we here at Patient Safety USA feel there’s no better time for home improvement. While our patient safety products are highly popular in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living, and other healthcare facilities, there’s no reason our disabled clients shouldn’t enjoy them right at home. Whether you’re looking to improve existing spaces or implement new handicapped facilities at home, Patient Safety USA has what you need. From products to installation advice, we’re ready to help you make the most of your home! At Patient Safety USA, we specialize in bathroom fixtures for handicapped users. Our vast sele ..


Winter is officially upon us! While some will be enjoying a variety of winter activities like skiing, sledding, and skating, most of us will be passing the days catching up on indoor hobbies. At Patient Safety USA, we like to spend our time helping our clients and friends stay safe. With frigid temperatures, icy surfaces, and contagious sicknesses, winter is not without risks—especially for elderly or disabled individuals. Whether you choose to embrace or avoid the coldest season, following safe practices will help prevent winter-related injury and illness. For most locations throughout the country, February is often the coldest and snowiest month of the year. This means cold  ..