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  1. 5 critical steps to developing an ASC risk management program

    The main purpose of an ASC risk management program is to maintain an optimal level of performance in the delivery of patient services within the ASC by means of monitoring ongoing programs of the comprehensive quality of care provided.  By Julie Berzins, RN, BSN, CNOR, CASC current Director, Surgical Care Center -
  2. Researchers reconstruct ancient virus to enhance gene therapy — 5 notes

    Researchers at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Schepens Eye Research Institute have resurrected an ancient virus that was discovered to be effective in delivering gene therapies to the liver, muscle and retina, according to EurekaAlert!  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. Infectious Diseases Society of America releases 1st US guidelines for vertebral osteomyelitis: 5 key notes

    Infectious Diseases Society of America guidelines have been released for vertebral osteomyelitis, according to a Medscape report.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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  1. Merck's Ebola vaccine efficacious in phase 3 study: 5 key points

    Merck's investigational Ebola vaccine, rVSV-ZEBOV, had a 100 percent efficacy in interim data from a Phase 3 ring vaccination trial in Guinea.  By Megan Wood -
  2. LifePoint Health's Q2 revenues increased by 21%: 5 observations

    LifePoint Health, a provider of healthcare services close to home, released its second quarter 2015 results. The quarter ended June 30.  By Megan Wood -
  3. 'Probable' West Nile case in Ohio — 5 notes

    Ohio may have its first case of West Nile this season, according to  By Mary Rechtoris -
  4. University of Southampton to conduct study on nurse staffing: 5 things to know

    The University of Southampton funded a study to examine how the provision of nurses in hospital affects the patients, according to News Medical.  By Megan Wood -

Total joints in an ASC: Protocols for success

The current healthcare industry is requiring institutions to manage change and control shifting costs all while driving organizational efficiency. A specific shift, in total joint procedures, to Ambulatory Surgery Centers, is a new frontier for many surgeons and organizations.
  1. 11 things to know about ASC quality reporting

    Here are 11 key notes on quality report for ASCs.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. 5 things to know about 'leaky' vaccines strengthening viruses

    Defective vaccines may lead to more powerful viruses, according to the Daily Star.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. 11 expert recommendations for C. Diff-associated diarrhea prevention

    An expert panel of infectious disease specialists conducted a literature review of Clostridium difficile–associated diarrhea and prevention techniques and the results of the review were published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. Debate over drug used to treat Marburg — 6 notes

    Some researchers claim a new nucleotide-based strategy that targets the Marburg virus genome may be used to treat post exposure prophylaxis. Other scientists contest the viral stain used in the experiments raises concern about the drug's potency in a human outbreak, according to Medscape.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  1. 4 notes on the 4th annual Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit

    The Patient Safety Movement Foundation announced that the 4th annual Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit will take place in Dana Point, Calif., from Jan. 22 to Jan. 23, 2016.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Virginia physicians receive $1.2M in bonuses from UnitedHealthcare for patient service: 5 key points

    UnitedHealthcare gave $1.2 million in bonuses to about 40 Virginia physicians receiving the 2014 PATH Excellence in Patient Service Awards. The PATH program is aiding the transition to value-based payments for Medicare Advantage members.  By Megan Wood -
  3. West Georgia Health CEO Jerry Fulks receives award for excellent leadership: 5 things to know

    Jerry Fulks, CEO and president of West Georgia Health, received the Georgia Hospital Association's 2015 Chairman's Award, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.  By Megan Wood -
  4. Preventing unnecessary deaths: 5 notes on Hepatitis C

    The World Health Organization is calling for action to prevent infections and deaths from Hepatitis C, according to the Big News Network.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  5. 8 things to know about designer genes

    Scientists have devised a new technique allowing them to modify DNA and place it inside living cells, according to Business Insider.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  6. QuantiaMD offers presentations to improve patient safety practices: 5 key points

    QuantiaMD, the Physician Engagement Platform, released a report that looked into improving safety patient practices among physicians. The company led presentations via its web and mobile communities, educating physicians on how to improve their patient safety practices.  By Megan Wood -
  7. Patient Safety Movement Foundation announces the 4th Annual Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit: 4 things to know

    The Patient Safety Movement Foundation announced the 4th annual Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit on Jan. 22-23, 2016 at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott in Dana Point, Calif.  By Brandon Howard -
  8. Healthcare workers not following CDC recommendations for protective garment removal: 4 insights

    Few healthcare workers followed all CDC recommendations for the removal of personal protective equipment after patient care, according to a report published in the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  9. Global health professionals call for $2B vaccine development fund: 5 key points

    Global health professionals are calling for the creation of a $2 billion fund aimed to developing potential vaccinations against fatal disease like Ebola, West Nile and MERS, according to Reuters.  By Mary Rechtoris -

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