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  1. Alabama, Louisiana, Texas & more: Zika projected to strike these 8 states, next

    Biostatisticians predict 395 non-travel Zika infections will strike Florida before summer draws to a close, according to Futurity. A slew of southeastern states will also see their fair share of Zika infections.  By Megan Wood -
  2. North America leads the expansive hand hygiene market: 4 takeaways

    As infections continue to rise, hand hygiene is a vital tool to reduce infections' prevalence, a Transparency Market Research report found, according to MedGadget.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. A conflict of interest? Mylan executive under fire for 400% EpiPen price hike

    Since pharmaceutical company Mylan acquired and began selling EpiPen nearly 10 years ago, the drug's price has spiked almost 400 percent, leading the company's CEO to come under intense scrutiny, according to The New York Times.  By Mary Rechtoris -

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  1. National Patient Safety Foundation updates Online Patient Safety Curriculum: 6 points

    The National Patient Safety Foundation issued its updated edition of the NPSF Online Patient Safety Curriculum.  By Megan Wood -
  2. NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens launches HIV, HBV and HCV testing initiative for ambulatory care, ED patients: 4 things to know

    Flushing-based NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens launched HIV, HBV and HCV Testing Model in an Urban Hospital Setting.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. Antimicrobial coatings market to hit $7.2B by 2024: 5 highlights

    The antimicrobial coatings market is projected to grow substantially, according to a Global Market Insights report.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  4. The need for effective infection & outcome metrics to propel the ASC industry forward

    Healthcare continues to move to the outpatient setting, and surgery centers wishing to thrive in this space will need to produce superior patient outcomes. Donald Fry, MD, executive vice president for clinic outcomes management for MPA Healthcare Solutions and an adjunct surgery professor at Chicago-based Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, argues the industry needs to have systems in place to measure quality outcomes.  By Mary Rechtoris -

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  1. How EpiPens' spiraling prices speak to healthcare's inefficiencies — 5 insights

    Almost a decade ago, pharmaceutical company Mylan acquired and began selling EpiPen, a life-saving drug used to combat allergic reactions.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. BMJ: 5 ways to reduce medical errors

    In a recent BMJ study, the journal found medical errors were the third leading cause of death in the United States. The study authors give key recommendations to reduce medical errors in organizations, according to National Law Review.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. Sepsis' deadly wrath — 5 notes on the disease's prevention & detection

    A killer of more than 250,000 people annually, sepsis preys on those with poor immune systems — the young, the elderly and patients with chronic diseases, according to Kaiser Health News.  By Megan Wood -
  4. Regeneron & BARDA collaborate for MERS treatment: 3 points

    Tarrytown, N.Y.-based Regeneron Pharmaceuticals is teaming up with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority and HHS to create a Middle East Respiratory Syndrome treatment, according to FierceBiotech.  By Megan Wood -
  1. The benefits of a team-based approach to ASC infection control compliance

    Ambulatory surgery centers often do not have a person dedicated to infection control, so a team approach can help ensure compliance with infection prevention protocols. Sandra Jones, executive vice president and COO of ASD Management, has more than 20 years of experience in the ASC infection control space. Throughout her career, she has worked with surgery centers around the nation to provide them with the tools to improve infection control compliance.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. 5 things to know about the global over-the-counter drug market

    From 2016 to 2020, the global over-the-counter drug market is projected to expand, according to a Research and Markets report.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. How to effectively communicate adverse events to family members — 5 things to know

    Medical errors present precarious situations for physicians as they decide how to articulate what went wrong to the patients' families, according to Kaiser Health News.  By Megan Wood -
  4. Study: High-powered hand dryers could be less hygienic than paper towels: 4 thoughts

    A study in the Journal of Applied Microbiology, compared the virus-spreading capabilities of three different hand-drying technologies, and found that jet-air dryers spread 60 times more germs into the air than their counterparts, Dark Daily reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  5. Harvard researchers have nearly recoded E. coli bacterium — 5 things to know about the virus-resistant genome

    In a proof-of-concept study, Boston-based Harvard Medical School researchers have nearly completed recoding the Escherichia coli bacterium to work with a new genetic code.  By Megan Wood -
  6. The Joint Commission reports 47 patient falls, 52 unintended retained foreign objects in 2016 — 10 statistics on sentinel events

    In the second quarter of 2016, The Joint Commission reviewed 439 sentinel events.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  7. It only takes one – How ASCs can limit serious adverse events & prioritizing patient safety

    Surgery centers continually strive to provide patients optimal care, but sometimes complications arise following a procedure that staff personnel cannot prevent. However, some complications are within a surgery center's control and may completely change a patient's life if centers don't work to prevent them.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  8. 5 takeaways on the global hospital acquired disease testing market

    From 2016 to 2022, the global hospital acquired disease testing market is expected to continue expanding, a Credence Research report found, according to Run Direct Magazine.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  9. Study: Researchers study viruses' global distribution: 6 observations

    Walnut Creek, Calif.-based Joint Genome Institute's David Paez Espino, PhD, and his colleagues studied viruses' "global distribution, phylogenetic diversity, and host specificity," according to ResearchGate. Dr. Espino and his team examined more than five Tb of metagenomics sequence data from 3,042 samples.  By Megan Wood -

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