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  1. Patient safety tool: Guide to partnering with family caregivers

    The United Hospital Fund is offering a free resource for healthcare providers to help them partner with family caregivers for better care coordination. By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. 70% of safety leaders lack data to lower patient harms, survey finds

    Only 24 percent of safety leaders feel they have appropriate data to reduce patient harms, according to a study from Pascal Metrics. By Ellie Rizzo -
  3. Patient safety tool: Qualis Health's online toolkit for engaging patients in infection control

    Qualis Health published a complimentary, online toolkit that provides hospitals with a low-cost approach for engaging patients and families in infection control during hospital stays.  By Anuja Vaidya -

Selecting and implementing EHR solutions

Legislative updates, economic impacts of electronic solutions, record options, and alternative options are all important elements to consider when planning for the right solutions to implement an EHR.  
  1. Patient safety tool: American Sentinel University's HAI prevention e-book for nurses

    American Sentinel University in Aurora, Colo., has released a free e-book called "Are You Prepared to Identify and Prevent the Three Infections That Make Up Two-Thirds of All Healthcare Associated Infections?" By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. CMS launches certification number look-up tool

    CMS is making available a tool to assist ambulatory surgery centers in locating their CMS certification number to complete the CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network registration process.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Solving a 100-year-old surgical quality problem with simple physics

    Minimally invasive surgery is typically a safer alternative to open surgery. Patients are in less pain, have a lower risk of infection and recover far more quickly than in traditional surgeries. However, there is one moment in laparoscopic surgery that is incredibly dangerous: incision. By Ellie Rizzo -
  4. Patient safety tool: NPSF's checklist for getting the right diagnosis

    The National Patient Safety Foundation offers a free checklist that encourages patients to take an active role in their healthcare. By Anuja Vaidya -

Is your ASC ready for a crisis? 

Simulation-based training has been used to increase the emergency preparedness of healthcare facilities in ambulatory settings. Using clinical scenarios to create a representation of a "real world" emergency encourages the application and development of clinical skills and team collaboration through deliberate practice.
  1. Patient safety tool: AHA's antimicrobial stewardship program toolkit

    The American Hospital Association, along with six national partners, has released a toolkit to help hospitals and health systems improve their antimicrobial stewardship programs.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. CDC releases safe injection videos

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created two videos to promote safe injection practices through its One & Only Campaign in conjunction with the Safe Injection Practices Coalition. By Ellie Rizzo -
  3. Patient safety tool: PDI's healthcare reform champions kit

    PDI has released its Healthcare Reform Champions Kit, a digital educational tool that helps explain key components of the recent healthcare reform legislation. By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. AAO's Intelligent Research in Sight Registry receives PQRS designations From CMS

    The American Academy of Ophthalmology's Intelligent Research in Sight Registry has received two Physician Quality Reporting System designations from CMS — a qualified registry and qualified clinical data registry, according to an Ophthalmology Times report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  1. Patient safety tool: NCPS' balance assessment handbook

    The VA National Center for Patient Safety offers a balance assessment handbook as part of its Falls Toolkit.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Health IT and patient safety: 5 things to know

    Health IT can be an excellent tool in improving efficiency in healthcare, but it can also pose significant risks to patient safety when something goes awry. "When not used appropriately, [health IT] can add a layer of complexity to an already complex system," said Jerry Castro, project director for the Office of Patient Safety at The Joint Commission in an interview on a Take 5 With the Joint Commission podcast. Here are some of the most important health IT considerations for patient safety, according to Mr. Castro: By Ellie Rizzo -
  3. Developing ASC quality assurance programs

    At the 12th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven Conference + Future of Spine in Chicago on June 14, Kylie Kaczor, MSN, RN, infection preventionist and executive director of Laser Spine Institute in Tampa, Fla., discussed quality assurance programs and infection prevention. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  4. 10 Thoughts on improving infection control in the ASC

    Reprocessing? Injections? Personal technology? Hand hygiene? While healthcare experiences dramatic advances, infection control continues to encounter some of the same consistently thorny issues. The following are 10 thoughts on improving infection prevention and control in the ASC setting, according to industry experts: By Ellie Rizzo -
  5. Press Ganey acquires National Database of Nursing Quality indicators

    Press Ganey has acquired the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators, a quality improvement and nurse engagement tool.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  6. 4 safety culture lessons from GM's ignition switch scandal

    General Motors' ongoing troubles over faulty ignition switches are a clear example of how not to build a culture of safety. Unfolding over 11 years, organizational failures at GM led to airbag failures linked with at least 13 deaths. By Ellie Rizzo -
  7. Study validates formula for estimating hand hygiene opportunities per patient day

    A study published in the American Journal of Infection Control has validated the World Health Organization's "Five Moments for Hand Hygiene" methodology or the HOW2 Benchmark Study, which includes a formula to estimate the number of hand hygiene opportunities per patient day.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  8. APIC announces Heroes of Infection Prevention award winners

    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology announced six recipients of the Heroes of Infection Prevention Award. By Anuja Vaidya -
  9. FDA approves drug for hemphilia A patients

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Eloctate for use in adults and children who have hemophilia A. By Anuja Vaidya -

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