Providers must look within their own staff and to external resources to improve care. Given the tools, resources, education and opportunity to participate, I've learned employees want to do a good job and provide great care.
Sue MacInnes has been promoted to the newly created position of chief market solutions officer at Medline Industries.
» GOJO Industries presented the results of a study on electronic monitoring and hand hygiene at the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology Conference in June. The research was on the effect of the company's SMARTLINK Activity Monitoring System at two units of an acute care facility in Texas. It found the system created a significant increase in hand hygiene compliance.
The St. Louis Zoo has renamed its elephant sanctuary the "Medline Elephant Oasis." The habitat supports the zoo's nine Asian elephants. Medline received the naming rights after making a $5.8 million donation.
On the eve of a scheduled repeal vote on the Affordable Care Act, American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living members will visit lawmakers during their 2012 Congressional Briefing on July 9 and 10. Congressmen scheduled to speak are Rep. Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL), Nan Hayworth, M.D. (R-NY) and Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA). The featured speaker is Atlantic Media's Political Director Ronald Brownstein. Apart from visits to Capitol Hill, events will take place at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. The official sponsor of the event is Medline.
Medline recently introduced a government approved medical face mask that can inactivate flu viruses. In addition to filtering the air, the firm's BioMask targets harmful pathogens -- including imminent pandemic and seasonal strains of influenza viruses. The new product was unveiled last week at the APIC conference.
Skilled nursing facilities in California will receive tens of thousands of N95 respirators, officials said Friday.
Medline Industries has launched a FitRight line of adult briefs. The new product is intended to help caregivers better deal with incontinence. "We have completely redesigned adult incontinence products to fit better, be more absorbent and more comfortable to give residents a sense of normalcy and independence," said Dan Love, president of Medline's personal care division. Extra-absorbent polymers help residents feel dryer. The product also contains soft anti-leak guards to reduce leakage.