by Rose Rohloff
It is known taking medications will impact various lab values. For example, Diuretics e.g. Lasix (Furosemide), can cause low potassium levels. There is an interesting article in Medscape, Which Drugs Interact With Lab Tests? Jun 18, 2019., addressing the fact that certain medications can also interact with the actual processing of certain lab tests causing inaccurate results.
By Linda Lybert President/ Healthcare Surfaces Expert, Founder/Executive Director Healthcare Surfaces Institute
Privacy curtains must be addressed and as I talk with healthcare professionals about this issue I get mixed reactions. Digging deep into the issue the biggest problem is the amount of time and labor it takes to actually change the curtains out. "It is backbreaking and we don't have enough staff to actually do this on a regular basis." Every facility sets its own standards for changing privacy curtains and the responsibility lays with operations. Policies range from change when visibly soiled (NOTE: microbes can't be seen) to once a quarter and even once a year and any time in-between. As research continues to be published it is clear to mitigate the spread of infections solutions this must be part of a solutions bundle addressing all surfaces! See LinkedIn Post with full Study: Patient Privacy Curtains represent Infection Risk
Linda Lybert is an amazing expert in healthcare surfaces. The same circumstances existed 20 yrs ago, but clinicians were properly trained & executed safety processes/avoided cross contamination; learning in school movement memory e.g. wash hands after closing curtains before touching patients, use elbows to open curtains to enter or push all the way open, etc. #1 issue - lack of clinical training, laziness, and inadequate adherence of movement memory for proper safety protocols. Rose Rohloff
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