According to Maureen Spencer, MEd, RN, Infection Control Manager at NEBH
, the decision to use the products was a "no-brainer": "These are high-volume areas where one patient after another is sitting on the same chair and lying on the same stretcher while they wait to go into the operating room, which makes it a very conducive environment for cross-contamination," says Spencer.
virtually every specialty and subspecialty of medicine and surgery." Boston Medical Center (BMC) is historically a public hospital and describes itself as the "largest safety net hospital in New England." Faulkner Hospital is a "nonprofit community teaching hospital" and New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH) is an "adult medical/surgical hospital with nationally recognized expertise in orthopedic care." We expected MGH and BMC to have the most physicians.
As a further test of validity we compared the populations and physician staffs of four hospitals in Boston: a tertiary care hospital (MGH), a public hospital (BMC), a community teaching hospital (Faulkner Hospital), and a community hospital with an orthopedic focus (NEBH) (Table 3).