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  1. Integrated recovery pathway improves patient outcomes, experience — 5 things to know

    The implementation of an integrated recovery pathway and other organizational changes resulted in improvement of patient outcomes and experience for those undergoing colorectal surgery, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. 8 notes on patient with rare form of tuberculosis

    A woman from India is currently treated for extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis at the National Institute of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md., according to a Medscape report. Here are eight things to know about the quarantine and who she may have come into contact with:  By Brandon Howard -
  3. 10 ways a gut feeling may spark immune response

    Finding by researchers at the University of Manchester and National Institutes of Health have discovered ways that our immune cells are programmed to repair or protect the body, according to Infection Control Today.  By Mary Rechtoris -

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  1. National Time Out Day: 5 facts about AmSurg's new program

    AmSurg has launched a best practice training module under its Innovator program umbrella to support their belief that quality and patient safety is preeminent.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. Infection prevention during surgery for ambulatory surgery centers

    For ambulatory surgery centers, protecting patients from infection during surgery is a top priority. Of course, it starts with the healthcare workers themselves, but ASC managers can take some steps to help prevent the prevalence of intraoperative surgical infection. By Staff -
  3. Discovery on how bacteria survive antibiotics—7 key notes

    Researchers recently uncovered how bacteria can withstand antibiotic treatment.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  4. 4 things to know about National Time Out Day

    National Time Out Day, an annual awareness campaign, is scheduled for June 10.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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. 6 key points on medication errors in pediatric clinics, residencies

    A recent Journal of Patient Safety study examined errors that residents make in pediatric clinics.  By Brandon Howard -
  2. The high cost of a dirty endoscope: Why proper cleaning & refurbishing is essential

    The improper cleaning and subsequent use of endoscopes can lead to a number of patient safety issues. Just earlier this year, it was reported that between 2012 and 2014, at least 35 patients at Seattle-based Virginia Mason Medical Center fell ill from carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae infections. These infections were likely spread due to the use of dirty duodenoscopes. Investigators found CRE on some of the scopes at Virginia Mason even after they had been disinfected.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Tick-borne infection infecting people in US — 7 facts to observe

    People are being hospitalized due to tick-borne disease infection.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  4. 5 key notes on South Korea's MERS outbreak

    Over 2,300 South Koreans have been quarantined as an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome sweeps the country, reports Time.  By Brandon Howard -
  1. 6 ways antibiotics may be reduced for abdominal infections

    A recent trial conducted by researchers has discovered the duration of antibiotics to treat complicated abdominal infections can be cut in half while remaining efficient, according to Medical Xpress.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. 8 ways the whole genome sequencing is enhancing infection control

    The whole genome sequence has been discovered to isolate the specific strain of bacteria causing an outbreak, according to Medical Xpress.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. Congress considering bills to combat opioid addiction: 4 key points

    A recent study in The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons called opioid addiction an epidemic, and outlined the unintended consequences of over prescription of opioids for pain management. AAOS is not the only organization that feels opioids are increasingly becoming an issue. A recent article outlines four bills pending before Congress which aim to address this crisis.  By Brandon Howard -
  4. 9 facts about the spreading Dengue virus

    Healthcare providers can diminish the impact of Dengue virus if they are able to forecast the epidemic before it spreads, according to Infection Control Today.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  5. CitiusTech Tech launches cloud-hosted, clinical quality analytics platform: 4 key notes

    Healthcare technology solutions company CitiusTech launched its cloud-hosted clinical quality analytics platform, CQ-IQ, to enable healthcare organizations leverage advanced clinical quality measure computation capabilities within a HIPAA-compliant cloud.  By Brandon Howard -
  6. 8 facts about Meningococcal disease outbreak in Chicago

    A small but serious invasive meningococcal disease outbreak has been declared by the Chicago Department of Health.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  7. CDC issues alert on highly-pathogenic avian influenza: 5 things to know

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released an official health advisory Tuesday on bird infections with highly-pathogenic avian influenza A (H5N2), (H5N8), and (H5N11), viruses.  By Brandon Howard -
  8. Press Ganey launches ASC consumer assessment early adopter's program — 5 key notes

    Press Ganey launched the Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgery Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Early Adopter Program, which expands the company's CAHPS solutions. By Laura Dyrda -
  9. UW creates 3-D virtual home as research tool: 4 things to know

    The vizHOME is a virtual re-creation of a home, where the visitor uses "active stereo glasses" allowing one to see the home in 3-D. Housed in a small room in the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, the recreation is a very realistically cluttered living abode and can be a research tool to understand living habits, where people keep medications and how they remember to take them.  By Brandon Howard -

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