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  1. Florida marks 1st state of local Zika mosquito transmission; 4 people infected — 5 things to know

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott confirmed the first Zika cases transmitted by mosquitoes within the United States, according to abc News.  By Megan Wood -
  2. CDC awards ICF International $4.8M task order to fight opioid abuse: 5 notes

    The CDC awarded IFC International, a Fairfax, Va.-based technology-based solutions provider, a $4.8 million task order to address prescription opioid abuse.  By Megan Wood -
  3. Specialization may be stronger indicator of quality than volume: 5 highlights

    A recent analysis of Medicare data found surgeon specialization may be a more valid measure to evaluate quality as opposed to volume, according to Health Leaders Media.  By Mary Rechtoris -

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  1. The CORE Institute teams up with The Joint Commission & CDC on ASC infection control guidelines: 5 key notes

    To prevent infection in ambulatory surgery centers, The CORE Institute, the Joint Commission, the CDC and other healthcare organizations will collaborate on an initiative on infection prevention and control in ASCs.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. PPAHS emphasizes 5 resources to enhance patient safety

    The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety marked its fifth anniversary on July 27. In honor of this anniversary, the alliance's founder and executive director, Michael Wong, JD, offered five strategies to enhance patient safety.  By Megan Wood -
  3. Medical errors occur in nearly 50% of surgeries: 4 key notes

    A new study indicates medical errors is a much larger problem than previous studies implied, with nearly 50 percent of surgeries encountering a medical error or unintended drug side effect, according to Albany Daily Star.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  4. URMC to participate in ACGME quality & patient safety initiative: 5 takeaways

    The Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education selected University of Rochester (N.Y.) Medical Center as one of eight institutions to participate in the "Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments" initiative.  By Megan Wood -

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  1. 5 things to know about CareMount Medical's new value-based programs' director

    Mount Kisco, N.Y.-based CareMount Medical named Peter J. Kelly, MBA, director of value-based programs.  By Megan Wood -
  2. Global surgical instrument tracking systems market to reach $204.8M by 2021: 4 takeaways

    The global surgical instrument tracking systems market is expected to grow substantially from 2016 to 2021, according to a Research and Markets report.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. 3 challenges ASC face in multidisciplinary antibiotic stewardship program implementation

    Antibiotic stewardship is a key component of infection prevention, and may be quite challenging as antibiotic stewardship varies across the continuum of care, says Phenelle Segal, RN CIC, owner of Infection Control Consulting Services. Ms. Segal explains a successful antibiotic stewardship entails utilizing a multidisciplinary approach, where different medical professionals work hand-in-hand to ensure facilities are compliant every step of the way. While hospitals have been working for several years to develop these programs, the concept is relatively new for ASCs and they face a certain set of challenges when devising a program.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  4. Australia awards 1st patent for MRSA detection technology: 5 key points

    Phoenix-based Translational Genomics Research Institute and Flagstaff-based Northern Arizona University received the first patent for their antibiotic-resistant staph infection detection technology, according to The Daily Courier.  By Megan Wood -
  1. CDC allots additional $60M to fight Zika: 5 notes

    The CDC is providing $60 million for local efforts to combat Zika virus, according to Roll Call.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. Failing to openly disclose adverse events may negatively impact surgeons: 8 key takeaways

    JAMA Surgery published a study which found adverse events were more likely to affect those surgeons who did not follow recommended guidelines for openly disclosing such instances, according to Medscape.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. Reduce medical errors by 19% & improve financial outcomes by 15% — 5 findings on team training

    Journal of Applied Psychology is publishing a study which found healthcare workers who undergo team training can lower their medical error rate by 19 percent, according to Futurity.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  4. Inpatients vs. outpatient ACL reconstruction: Is there a significant difference in postoperative discomfort?

    Patients undergoing outpatient ACL reconstruction did not show more symptoms of postoperative discomfort than those undergoing the procedure on an inpatient basis, according to a study in Orthopaedics & Traumatology: Surgery & Research.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  5. Giving bacteria contamination a face — 4 notes on how Henry Ford Hospital improved hand hygiene compliance by 24%

    Detroit-based Henry Ford Hospital researchers found showing healthcare providers images of surfaces with bacteria bolstered hand hygiene compliance, according to advance healthcare network.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  6. Norovirus infects GOP convention staff members: 4 key notes

    Up to 11 California Republican staff members are exhibiting signs of norovirus and are being quarantined in a hotel an hour outside Cleveland, according to The Hill.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  7. 4 takeaways on minimizing orthopedic SSIs through reducing OR traffic

    White Rock, British Columbia-based Peace Arch Hospital staff members implemented a program to determine if minimizing operating room traffic yielded a decrease in orthopedic surgical site infections, according to Medical Xpress.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  8. New York reports 1st case of Zika female-to-male sexual transmission — 5 things to know

    New York documented the first case of female-to-male sexual Zika transmission, according to The New York Times.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  9. Zika virus' peak to reach its end within 3 years: 4 notes

    British researchers found Zika virus' rapid spread is likely to slow within the next two years to three years due to people developing immunity to the virus after an initial infection, according to Reuters.  By Mary Rechtoris -


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