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  1. MRSA case reported at Detroit high school

    Officials at Livonia Public Schools have confirmed a staff member at Livonia Franklin High School in Livonia, Mich., has been diagnosed with MRSA, according to ClickOnDetroit.  By Brandon Howard -
  2. Music therapy proves comforting for patients

    Five sisters in Des Moines, Iowa started an event to help provide music therapy services to those entering end of life care, since these therapies are not covered by insurance and rely on donations and private pay, reported WHOTV.  By Brandon Howard -
  3. King's Daughters Medical Center receives patient safety, patient experience distinctions

    Healthgrades has recognized Ashland, Ky.,-based hospital King's Daughters Medical Center for the Healthgrades 2015 Patient Safety Excellence Award and the Healthgrades 2015 Outstanding Patient Experience Award, reported  By Brandon Howard -

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  1. 4 more test positive for TB at Kansas High School

    At Olathe Northwest High School in Olathe, Kan., four people tested positive for tuberculosis, bringing the total school TB infection number to 31, reports KSHB.  By Brandon Howard -
  2. Fewer U.S. physicians today believe EMRs improve health outcomes vs. 2 years ago

    According to an Accenture survey, more doctors are proficient at using electronic medical records than they were two years ago, but less believe they have improved treatment decisions, reduced errors or improved health outcomes, reports The Financial.  By Brandon Howard -
  3. Ebola vaccine trial underway in Sierra Leone

    The Centers for Disease Control and prevention has partnered with health officials and disease researchers in Sierra Leone to launch a clinical trial for an Ebola vaccine, reports  By Brandon Howard -
  4. NPSF announces 2015 Stand Up for Patient Safety Management Award winners

    The National Patient Safety Foundation announced the winners of the 2015 Stand Up for Patient Safety Management Awards — the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., and Great Neck, New York-based North Shore LIG.  By Brandon Howard -

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. Healthcare quality & access in the US: 9 key findings

    Here are three key findings from the 2014 Quality and Disparities Report:  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. 5 trends in emergent hernia repair rates in the U.S.

    A study recently published in JAMA Surgery examines trends in rates of emergent abdominal hernia repair within the United States.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Ebola patient recovers fully; discharged from NIH facility

    The Ebola patient, who had been receiving care at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center Special Clinical Studies Unit in Bethesda, Md., has made a full recovery and has been discharged, according to a USA Today report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. 3 target areas for improved ASC quality & patient safety

    Healthcare is a variable environment. Patients' needs change and how care is delivered changes, but the need to strive for the highest level of quality and patient safety remains constant. Ambulatory surgery centers have demonstrated excellence in these areas, but the work is never done. Here are three issues ASC leaders can hone in on to consistently improve on overall quality and patient safety. By Carrie Pallardy -
  1. Alternating antibiotic doses could reduce risk of bacteria becoming resistant, study finds

    The use of sequential treatments, that is, using alternating doses of antibiotics, might reduce the risk of the bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics, according to a study in PLOS Biology.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. University Health Care, PeraHealth collaborate on provider communication & patient safety initiative

    University Health Care System will use PeraHealth's real-time clinical surveillance software to enhance clinician communication and more quickly detect health issues.  By Brandon Howard -
  3. The Joint Commission proposes requirements for optional TJR certification program

    The Joint Commission is proposing requirements for a new optional total hip and knee replacement advanced certification program.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. How should healthcare be measured? Healthcare workers sound off in 3 key quotes

    With a push towards value-based care comes value-of-care measures. As The Wall Street Journal reports, payers, providers and patients do not always have the same definition of quality.  By Brandon Howard -
  5. APIC supports National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

    The National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria outlines steps for implementing the National Strategy on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, and APIC applauds the plan, which focuses on the demand and supply sides of the antibiotic resistance problem, as well as addressing overuse of antibiotics by humans and agriculture.  By Brandon Howard -
  6. Surgery, physician therapy have similar outcomes for lumbar spinal stenosis patients

    Surgical decompression and a physician therapy regimen had similar effects among patients with symptomatic lumbar spinal stenosis, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  7. Catholic Medical Center acquires germ-killing robot

    The Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, N.H., has acquired the $90,000 Tru-D SmartUVC robot, becoming the first hospital in the state to use a Tru-D robot, which uses ultraviolet light to kill harmful germs, reports the New Hampshire Union Leader.  By Brandon Howard -
  8. New website helps reduce anxiety in children, parents before pediatric outpatient surgery, research shows

    A new website provides parents and children with individualized information and support to help lower anxiety before pediatric outpatient surgery, according to a two articles in Anesthesia & Analgesia.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  9. Cigarette smoke strengthens MRSA bacteria's resistance, study finds

    Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, an antibiotic-resistant superbug, when exposed to cigarette smoke become even more resistant to the immune system, according to a study published in Infection and Immunity.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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