Taylor Regional Hospital News
Sleep Clinic earns AASM Accreditation
The Sleep Clinic at Taylor Regional Hospital has been granted accreditation for a period of five years beginning September 8, 2017. Sleep facility accreditation through the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) includes accreditation for all types of sleep testing, including in-center polysomnography (PSG), multiple sleep latency testing (MSLT), maintenance of wakefulness testing (MWT) and home sleep apnea testing (HSAT).
The Sleep Clinic at Taylor Regional Hospital joins the ranks of other AASM accredited facilities, which provide the highest quality of patient care. The AASM is committed to ensuring that those in the field of sleep medicine provide excellent healthcare and enhance the awareness of sleep as an important element for health, public safety, and the quality of life. By successfully completing the accreditation process and upholding the Standards for Accreditation, our sleep clinic team has shown that they are dedicated to the advancement of the field.
Taylor Regional Hospital Earns ACR Accreditation
Taylor Regional Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose X-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.
The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.
The ACR, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care. The College serves more than 37,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.
Taylor Regional Hospital Makes Commitment to Newly Formed Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
Antibiotic resistance is a major and worsening problem confronting healthcare providers and patients today. We have seen an increase in drug-resistant organisms across the country coupled with a decrease in new antimicrobials on the market, so it is imperative that we protect the agents we have currently available by judicious antimicrobial management. Antimicrobial Stewardship has been shown to improve patient outcomes by judicious antimicrobial management. Additionally, Antimicrobial Stewardship has been shown to improve patient outcomes significantly by optimizing dosing for individual patients, reducing toxicity, reducing potential development of resistant infections, and decreasing medication costs, while potentially preserving the therapeutic effectiveness of antimicrobials for populations.
Taylor Regional Hospital commits to improving antibiotic use in our Facility. Taylor Regional Hospital Administration and Board of Trustees are committed to embracing and executing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship For Nursing Homes. The seven core elements for antimicrobial stewardship include:
• Leadership Commitment
• Drug expertise
Our administration has identified an Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) Leadership Team at our facility. Our AMS leadership team includes a physician/physician assistant/nurse
practitioner champion, a nurse champion, an infection prevention champion, and a pharmacist champion working in collaboration as appropriate by facility resources and/or structure.
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