Archive December 2015


State of the Union in Michigan Daycare Centers

Again, you know what the State of the Union is. You learned about it here. Our focus here is the state of Michigan and, in particular, the state of illness in Michigan daycare centers. Here’s what we know: The percentage of women in the workforce has grown. 1974 – 47% of women were engaged in…

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Eliminating HAIs in Hospitals to Reduce Hospital Stays and Costs

One of the ultimate goals of any hospital or healthcare-related facility? Eliminating HAIs (or healthcare-associated infections). How can this be done? The CDC released the National and State Healthcare-Associated Infections Progress Report in 2013. The report takes a closer look at HAIs. Here are the findings: A 46 percent decrease in CLABSI between 2008 and…

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Doctors, Germs, and Illness in Michigan Hospitals

doctor noun | doc·tor | \ˈdäk-tər\ a person who is skilled in the science of medicine : a person who is trained and licensed to treat sick and injured people But doctors are really so much more, aren’t they? A doctor maintains or restores human health. He or she diagnoses and/or treats human disease or…

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Superbugs, HAIs, and Surface Shield

24 Michigan hospitals were penalized last week as a penalty for patient infection and injury rates. You can read about it here. All hospitals receive a Hospital-Acquired Condition score between 1 and 10. Those that receive a score greater than 6.75 are penalized and subject to Medicare reductions. There is much angst concerning hospital “superbugs”…

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Germs at Hospitals: A State of the Union About Illness in Michigan Hospitals

You know what the State of the Union is. You learned about it here. Our focus here is the state of Michigan and, in particular, the state of illness in Michigan hospitals. Here’s what we know: There are approximately 175 hospitals serving millions of patients in Michigan, according to US News & World Report. Seven…

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Athletes, Germs, and Skin Infections in Michigan Schools

Most parents use some choice words to describe their teenagers’ bedrooms: Messy Disaster zones Hazardous Out of control There are often clothes strewn over the bed, papers piled high on the floor… How clean was your room as a child? Or how clean is your child’s room now? Cleanliness isn’t the highest priority for high…

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Teachers, Germs, and Illness in Michigan Schools

teacher noun | teach·er | \ˈtē-chər\ a person or thing that teaches something; especially : a person whose job is to teach students about certain subjects But for most, a teacher is more than “a person who teaches.” A teacher is encouraging and compelling, inspiring and intelligent, compassionate, challenging, and motivating. A teacher is a…

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