Beacon-designated devices meet criteria in five types that are in keeping with criteria for nationwide awards, including Magnet Reputation, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality National and Award Quality Healthcare Award. Units that receive the award demonstrate methods that align with AACN's Healthy Work Environment Standards for optimal care and attention. Related StoriesHealthcare technology public event of the year opens entriesBoston Kids's and Rock Health team up to accelerate development of pediatric wellness technologiesACC's general public reporting system provides information about hospitals' performance Recipients of a Gold Beacon Award demonstrate staff-powered excellence in sustained device performance, improvement and patient outcomes that exceed nationwide benchmarks.Bacteriologic Examinations Two sputum samples for culturing were obtained from each eligible patient prior to the initiation of treatment. For isolation of the culture, each specimen was treated with 1 volume of 4 percent sodium hydroxide per one level of sputum and was then homogenized by vigorous stirring. An aliquot of 0. The lifestyle was assessed during week 1 for rapidly growing bacteria and again weekly thereafter for slower developing bacteria; if no bacterias grew by eight weeks, the total result was recorded as negative.