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  1. Patient Safety Tool: CDC's Checklist for Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship Programs

    The CDC offers a free checklist for hospitals to ensure optimal antibiotic prescribing as well as limit overuse and misuse of antibiotics.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. White Rose Surgical Associates Warns Patients of Infection Risk

    After a review from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, White Rose Surgical Associates in York, Pa., has notified 1,100 patients of possible infection risk, according to a York Dispatch report. By Heather Punke -
  3. APIC Issues Updated Guide for CAUTI Prevention

    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology has issued a new, updated edition of its Guide to Preventing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections.  By Anuja Vaidya -

Improving patient acquisition through marketing

There is a huge paradigm shift going on that has moved the power of information from the practice to the patient.  77% of individuals are searching for a reputable doctor online and 1/3 of consumers trust the internet as a reliable source for healthcare information.
  1. Patient Safety Tool: ASC Quality Collaboration's Safe Injection Practices Toolkit

    The ASC Quality Collaboration offers a free toolkit containing resources for safe injection best practices in ambulatory surgery centers.   By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. FDA Approves Dalvance for Adult Skin Infection Treatments

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Dalvance (dalbavancin), a new antibacterial drug for treatment of skin infections in adults. By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Post-Hip Surgery Nerve Damage Due to Immune Inflammation, Not Surgeon, Study Says

    An article in Mayo Clinic Proceedings says the source of nerve damage after hip surgery is not due to mechanical factors caused by surgeons or anesthesiologists, but rather is due to the body's inflammation following the procedure. By Ellie Rizzo -
  4. Ethicon Suspends Minimally Invasive Uterine Surgery Equipment

    Device company Ethicon has suspended sales of its Morcellation Devices, citing Food and Drug Administration concerns that the practice — laparoscopic power morcellation, which is used to remove uterine fibroids — spreads cancerous tissue during fibroid removal, according to a report from the Cincinnati Enquirer. By Ellie Rizzo -

Creating value and gaining buy-in

Patient safety, patient experience, and innovation demands mean that talent is more important than ever. Building a more efficient and effective approach to selecting the right candidates is one way for HR to make a direct contribution to the organization's broader goals and bottom line.
  1. 5 Tips for Focusing Infection Control Policies

    The Joint Commission offers free resources, including podcasts, offering tips to better comply with accreditation standards. The following are five tips for better infection control practices extracted from a podcast with Lisa Waldowski, MS, APRN, CIC, an infection control specialist for The Joint Commission. By Ellie Rizzo -
  2. 10 Things to Know About Infection Control

    The following are 10 things to know about infection control, compiled from news on Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality. By Ellie Rizzo -
  3. ASCA Encourages AHRQ ASC Patient Safety Program Participation

    The Agency for Health Research and Quality is funding a series of 12-month patient safety improvement programs for ambulatory surgery centers with two cohorts of ASCs and hospital outpatient departments currently signed up, according to an ASCA News report. By Laura Dyrda -
  4. Top 10 Patient Safety Tools, March 31 to April 4: ASC

    The following are the most-accessed patient safety tools on Becker's ASC Review for the week of March 31 to April 4, starting with the most read: By Ellie Rizzo -
  1. All in Your Head: Psychological Factors Contributing to Failure of Hand Hygiene Interventions

    A study surveying English and Welsh intervention ward hand hygiene intervention coordinators has identified psychological factors inhibiting the implementation of hand hygiene compliance interventions. By Ellie Rizzo -
  2. CMS Delays Quality Reporting Measure ASC-11 Implementation

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has delayed implementing the ASC-11 quality reporting measure until Jan. 1, 2015, according to an ASCA News report. By Laura Dyrda -
  3. Setting Your Facility Up for Success, One Huddle at a Time

    Never underestimate the value of daily huddles. These knowledge sharing meetings offer a powerful way for staff to stay ahead of upcoming procedures and ward off needless delays and cancellations. By providing a snapshot of upcoming surgeries, any special needs and cases of the day, office managers, OR nurses, anesthesiologists and surgeons have the necessary insight to ensure the best possible outcomes for their patients. By Cynthia Chappell, Nurse Manager for the Methodist Hospital for Surgery -
  4. Top 10 Patient Safety Tools, March 17-21: ASC

    The following are the most-accessed patient safety tools on Becker's ASC Review for March 17-21, starting with the most read: By Ellie Rizzo -
  5. Surgical Delay, Antibiotic Prophylaxis Affect SSI Rates

    Delays prior to surgery and the type of antibiotic prophylaxis administered prior to surgery may affect surgical site infection rates, according to research presented at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons' 2014 conference and covered by Healio. By Ellie Rizzo -
  6. 10 Most-Read Stories on Infection Control & Clinical Quality, March 10-14: ASC

    The following are the most-accessed stories on infection control and clinical quality on Becker's ASC Review for the week of March 10-14, starting with the most-read.  By Ellie Rizzo -
  7. Surgical Safety Checklists Only Effective With Proper Training

    Surgical safety checklists may not be as effective in improving quality incomes as previously believed, according to a study in New England Journal of Medicine. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  8. Top 10 Patient Safety Tools, March 10-14: ASC

    The following are the most-accessed patient safety tools on Becker's ASC Review between March 10-14, 2014, starting with the most-read: By Ellie Rizzo -
  9. Avoiding a Wrong Intraocular Lens Implant

    Despite implementation of the Safe Surgical Checklist, a review of current literature and statistics from ASCs and hospitals across the country demonstrate wrong intraocular lens implants continue to happen. Further steps are needed to avoid these errors. By Kathleen Bernicky, RN, BSN, Director of Clinical Operations, Regent Surgical Health -

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