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  1. Preventing unnecessary deaths: 5 notes on Hepatitis C

    The World Health Organization is calling for action to prevent infections and deaths from Hepatitis C, according to the Big News Network.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. 8 things to know about designer genes

    Scientists have devised a new technique allowing them to modify DNA and place it inside living cells, according to Business Insider.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. QuantiaMD offers presentations to improve patient safety practices: 5 key points

    QuantiaMD, the Physician Engagement Platform, released a report that looked into improving safety patient practices among physicians. The company led presentations via its web and mobile communities, educating physicians on how to improve their patient safety practices.  By Megan Wood -

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  1. Patient Safety Movement Foundation announces the 4th Annual Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit: 4 things to know

    The Patient Safety Movement Foundation announced the 4th annual Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit on Jan. 22-23, 2016 at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott in Dana Point, Calif.  By Brandon Howard -
  2. Healthcare workers not following CDC recommendations for protective garment removal: 4 insights

    Few healthcare workers followed all CDC recommendations for the removal of personal protective equipment after patient care, according to a report published in the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Global health professionals call for $2B vaccine development fund: 5 key points

    Global health professionals are calling for the creation of a $2 billion fund aimed to developing potential vaccinations against fatal disease like Ebola, West Nile and MERS, according to Reuters.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  4. 6 states moving to kill or limit opt-out vaccine exemptions

    Many states have been changing their opt-out for vaccines after a measles outbreak occurred in January 2015 at Disneyland in California, according to newsmax.  By Mary Rechtoris -

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  1. The American College of Surgeons responds to surgeon ratings: 4 things to know

    The American College of Surgeons issued a statement saying the usefulness of the "surgeon scorecard" information shared by Pro Publica and the week of July 13, 2015 is "questionable for a number of reasons."  By Brandon Howard -
  2. Robotic surgery linked to 144 deaths, retrospective study says: 6 key notes

    In an analysis of adverse events in robotic surgical systems during a 14 year period from 2000 to 2013, researchers found 144 deaths linked to robotic surgery, or 1.4 percent of the 10,624 reports analyzed.  By Brandon Howard -
  3. 9 things to know about ICER's new drug assessment program

    The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review, an independent non-profit research institute, launched a program changing the way new drugs are priced and evaluated in the United States, according to Medical Xpress.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  4. HHS launches 1st online compendium of emergency management health resources: 4 key notes

    HHS has launched the first online collection of the federal resources and capabilities to manage health impacts of emergencies.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  1. UK testing vital signs monitoring patch: 6 things to know

    The United Kingdom's National Health Service is funding a pilot testing the SensiumVitals wearable patch in hospitalized patients to detect and intervene on signs of deterioration faster, according to an iMedicalApps report.  By Brandon Howard -
  2. TKM-Ebola drug has been suspended — 5 notes

    TKM-Ebola, a drug used to treat Ebola, has been shelved after showing unsatisfying human trial results in West Africa, according to Cidrap.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. Discrepancies in antibiotic prescriptions linked to individual habits: 5 things to know

    A CDC and Prevention-supported study led by the Veterans Affairs Salt Lake City Health Care System and the University of Utah researched the practices of healthcare providers writing antibiotic prescriptions, leading to antibiotic overuse. The Annals of Internal Medicine published the study.  By Megan Wood -
  4. Why patient safety needs to be prioritized — 5 things to know

    The United States does not have a formal system in place for tracking cases in which patients are injured or killed due to poor healthcare practices. A recent investigation concluded the United states needs a regulatory agency to monitor patient safety and enforce rules to protect patient in all healthcare facilities, according to care2.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  5. 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 -
  6. 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 -
  7. 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 -
  8. 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 -
  9. 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 -

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