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  1. 10 American clinicians return from Sierra Leone after exposure to Ebola

    Ten American healthcare workers for the Partners In Health charity are being flown from West Africa after aiding another American clinician diagnosed with Ebola, reports the Wall Street Journal.  By Brandon Howard -
  2. APIC scholar award recipients receive up to $50k for implementation science research

    Two recipients of the Heroes Implementation Research Scholar Award program were announced for 2015-2016. Amanda Hessels, PhD, MPH, RN, CIC, CPHQ, post-doctoral research fellow at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research to Prevent Infections (CIRI) at Columbia University School of Nursing, and JaHyun Kang, PhD, MPH, RN, CIC, associate professor at University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing were the two scholar award winners.    By Brandon Howard -
  3. CDC study claims hospital-acquired MRSA infection declined 2005-2011

    According to a CDC study, invasive MRSA infections beginning in hospitals declined 54 percent between 2005 and 2011 and there were 9,000 fewer deaths in hospital patients in 2011 than those in 2005, reports Time Bulletin Media.    By Brandon Howard -

Improving patient care with practitioners

Penn State Hershey Medical Center will share how their engagement and talent management strategy has transformed their onboarding experience and ongoing staff development.
  1. AORN awards seal of recognition to PerfectCLEAN Operating Room Processing & Checklist System

    The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses has awarded its AORN Seal of Recognition to the PerfectCLEAN Operating Room Processing & Checklist System for the third year in a row.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. AORN, MyRounding create app to ensure compliance with guidelines

    The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses partnered with MyRounding to create a mobile application to support AORN guidelines.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. High-risk surgery: Survival rates vary widely by hospital

    A new Leapfrog Group study has found that the survival rate for high-risk surgeries is impacted by the hospital the procedures are performed at, according to an NJSPOTLIGHT report. By Carrie Pallardy -
  4. Joint Commission patient safety tip: How to avoid EHR copy-and-paste errors

    The copy-and-paste function is frequently used within electronic health records, but the improve efficiency must be weighed against the risk of potential errors. Here are four actions to consider for the prevention of these types of errors, according to a Quick Safety report from the Joint Commission. By Carrie Pallardy -

Robotic technology for orthopedics in the ASC

Robotic technology is well established across multiple specialties in the hospital setting, due primarily to the clinical and strategic value it brings. Robotics, especially for orthopedics, is gaining traction in the ASC setting with early adopters who recognize its value.
  1. Preoperative MRSA decontamination significantly reduces SSI risk in elective orthopedic surgery, study finds

    Preoperative methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus decontamination decreased the surgical site infection rate by more than 50 percent among patients undergoing elective orthopedic surgery with hardware implantation, according to a study published in JAMA Surgery.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Company behind PURELL Hand Sanitizer works to raise patient safety awareness

    GOJO Industries, a hand hygiene company and inventor of PURELL Hand Sanitizer, has joined the National Patient Safety Foundation in an effort to promote awareness during Patient Safety Awareness Week. By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. Oregon Patient Safety Commission recognizes 2 ASCs

    The Oregon Patient Safety Commission recently recognized a number of healthcare providers at its fourth annual breakfast held in Salem, Ore., according to an Albany Democrat-Herald report. Two surgery centers were amongst the recognized providers. By Carrie Pallardy -
  4. 9 articles on 'superbug' outbreaks and scope cleaning

    Here are nine articles on the recent carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae outbreaks related to the use of duodenoscopes for ERCP. By Carrie Pallardy -
  1. WHO: Ebola vaccination trials to begin in Guinea

    The World Health Organization will begin to conduct trials of the Ebola vaccination in Guinea this week, according to a UN News Centre report. By Carrie Pallardy -
  2. Chicago start-up launches app that sends nurses straight to patients' homes

    A Chicago-based start-up launched an app that allows people to connect with a healthcare professional, according to a ChicagoInno report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. More hospitals report 'superbug' outbreaks

    A number of other hospitals reported outbreaks of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae in the wake of the report of seven CRE cases and two patient deaths from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. By Carrie Pallardy -
  4. In wake of 'superbug' cases ECRI Institute advises culturing duodenoscopes to cut risk of infection

    The ECRI Institute has issued a High Priority Hazard Report in response to recent outbreaks of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae linked to duodenoscopes used during ERCP. By Carrie Pallardy -
  5. CDC to redouble efforts to combat C. diff

    The CDC's fiscal year 2016 budget includes provisions for addressing C. difficile infections in the United States, according to an HCPlive report.  By Carrie Pallardy -
  6. Does insurance status affect quality of patient care?

    A recent study published in the journal Neurosurgery found that Medicaid or uninsured patients have a greater number of safety and quality of care issues when hospitalized for brain tumors. By Carrie Pallardy -
  7. Mayo Clinic to commercialize analytics in an effort to improve patient outcomes

    Mayo Clinic plans to commercialize its analytics, publishing and sharing algorithms through Apervita's secure self-service healthcare analytics platform, according to an HIT Consultant report. By Carrie Pallardy -
  8. Medline's 10-day hand care challenge

    A recent survey found that only 4% of nurses are content with the condition of their hands while on the job. Medline Industries, Inc. asks hospitals across the U.S. whose nurses struggle with dry, irritated skin on the job, to try its Restore™ nitrile exam gloves coated with colloidal oatmeal and take a hand care challenge.  By Megan McCormack -
  9. Predictive analytics helps hospital reduce colon surgery SSI risk by 58%

    Fierce Health IT reports that  Iowa City-based University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has reduced surgical infections after colon surgery by 58 percent using predictive analytics, according to a Health IT Outcomes report.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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