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  1. 68% of visits for acute respiratory infections result in an antibiotic prescription: 6 things to know

    While there is variation in how healthcare providers use antibiotics, they do contribute to the problem of antibiotic overuse, which gives rise to antibiotic resistance, according to study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. How hand hygiene compliance in ASCs is affected by workplace culture

    According to recent research on the topic, workplace culture among healthcare workers has much to do with hand hygiene and how much workers comply with hand hygiene guidelines. Factors such as attitudes among supervisors and employees affect the degree at which workers follow protocols and best practices. By Sports and Spine Orthopaedics -
  3. Office of the National Coordinator making Health IT safer: 5 things to know

    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology released its Health IT Safety Center Roadmap, which aims to make healthcare safer for patients, according to Healthcare IT News.  By Megan Wood -

Who's raising your patients' expectations?

The consumer technology revolution has changed the world, and with it your patients’ lives and their expectations. As a result, patients have been conditioned to expect frictionless, modern, digital experiences in every aspect of their life, including their care.
  1. How common are cardiac complications among hip fracture patients? 5 key notes

    Orthopedic surgeons should be aware of cardiac disease history and atherosclerotic conditions in risk stratifying patients to prevent cardiac complications, according to a study published in International Orthopaedics.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Threat of West Nile in New York City: 5 facts to note

    New York health authorities are treating water basins after detecting mosquitoes with West Nile in New York City, according to Water Online.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. 6 notes on the probability of an obese person reaching normal weight

    The probability of an obese person attaining normal weight or maintaining weight loss is low, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health.  By Brandon Howard -
  4. Cause for concern: 10 notes on the measles outbreak

    Measles disease, the most infectious disease known to man, was believed to be eradicated from the United States in 2000. Yet, the highly contagious disease is still prevalent and there is major cause for concern, according to the Huffington Post.  By Mary Rechtoris -

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. England chooses Seattle’s Virginia Mason Institute to help improve safety & control costs: 4 key notes

    England's National Health Service Trust Development Authority will implement Virginia Mason Institute’s management system as part of an effort to improve safety and quality, and control costs at NHS hospitals.  By Brandon Howard -
  2. New cases of West Nile found in Oklahoma: 5 things to know

    Two more Oklahoma residents contracted the West Nile virus, according to NewsOK.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. NPSF welcomes Maquet Medical Systems: 4 key points

    The National Patient Safety Foundation has welcomed Maquet Medical Systems as a member of the NPSF Patient Safety Coalition.  By Brandon Howard -
  4. SHEA publishes best practices for healthcare textile laundering: 4 things to know

    Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, published a review with findings and recommendations for proper laundering and handling of healthcare fabrics and textiles.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  1. Communication distractions derail patient handoffs in ASCs: 7 key notes

    Communication errors are a key factor in what can commonly derail patient handoffs in the ASC, according to investigators at the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in Camden, N.J.  By Brandon Howard -
  2. Drawing a distinction: What does it really mean to be 'clean?'

    Healthcare facilities must prioritize cleanliness to maintain good population health despite the associated costs.  However, the definition of "clean" has been disputed in recent years, and providers must be aware of the differences between "clean" and "disinfected," according to Outbreak News Today.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. Missouri police officer with flesh-eating infection discharged from hospital — 4 things to know

    A police detective from Lee Summit who was diagnosed with a rare flesh-eating bacterial infection went home, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  4. Peers influence physicians to repeatedly prescribe certain new drugs: 5 insights

    Peer influence among physicians affects the repeated use of new prescription drugs, according to a study published in Marketing Science, a journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  5. Gov. Rick Scott signs bill expanding vaccines at neighborhood pharmacies — 5 things to know

    Governor Rick Scott signed Florida House Bill 279, offering new vaccinations to residents at neighborhood pharmacies rather than only physician offices, according to The Famuan.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  6. Dr. Sanjay Saint receives Distinguished Scientist Award from APIC — 5 notes

    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology granted Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH, the Distinguished Scientist Award. The award was presented at APIC's 42nd Annual Conference on June 27.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  7. Extreme weather may increase salmonella infections: 6 things to know

    Extreme heat and precipitation, which are expected to rise due to climate change, are associated with increased risk of salmonella infections, according to researchers from the University of Maryland School of Public Health.  By Brandon Howard -
  8. Can ultraviolet disinfection combat C. Diff rates significantly? 5 things to know

    Pulsed xenon ultraviolet light contributed to a reduction in Clostridium difficile infection when used frequently for room disinfection, according to a study in the American Journal of Infection Control.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  9. Amendment in 21st Century Cures calls for improved safety monitoring of devices: 5 key points

    The House passed the 21st Century Cures Act on Friday which would increase federal funding for medical research and changes drug approvals, which included an amendment aimed to improve safety monitoring of medical devices, reports The Wall Street Journal.  By Brandon Howard -

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