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  1. Catheter-Associated Bloodstream Infections Down Since 2003

    Study results published in the American Journal of Infection Control show catheter-associated bloodstream infections increased from 1996 to 2003 but have fallen since then.  By Jaimie Oh -
  2. AHRQ: No Submissions for Medical Office Survey This Fall

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has notified medical offices that there will be no data submission for the medical office survey on patient safety culture this September/October.  By Jaimie Oh -
  3. ASCA Comments on Surgery Center Quality Reporting Plan

    ASCA recently sent a letter to CMS, providing comments on Medicare's quality reporting program for ASCs, contained in the agency's proposed 2013 inpatient prospective payment system rule.  By Rachel Fields -

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  1. 10 Clinical & Operational Statistics on Low Back Injections in Surgery Centers

    Here are 10 clinical and operational statistics on low back injections in surgery centers, according to a 2011 AAAHC clinical study of the procedure, including results from 45 organizations that performed a combined total of more than 55,000 procedures annually.  By Rachel Fields -
  2. Covenant Health Drives Quality Improvement Through Standardization

    Hospitals and health systems are standardizing processes to reliably meet quality and cost goals over time. Covenant Health in Lubbock, Texas, has created clinical excellence teams to identify variation and establish evidence-based standards to reduce this variation and improve outcomes. To standardize practices in a certain department, the hospital works with physicians and nursing staff in the department to "create a battle plan, a blueprint for how we ought to be addressing patients' needs in more standardized fashion," says Craig Rhyne, MD, CMO of the system. Dr. Rhyne describes several projects Covenant is implementing to increase standardization.  By Sabrina Rodak -
  3. Bedford Laboratories Recalls Adjunct Product for General Anesthesia

    Bedford Laboratories has issued a voluntary recall for a single lot of its 'Vecuronium Bromide for injection' product, according to an FDA news release.  By Jaimie Oh -
  4. UCLA Researchers to Study Copper's Role in Infection Prevention

    Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles will use a federal grant to study how the use of copper could help reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections.  By Jaimie Oh -

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  1. Patient Safety Tool: Hand Rub Selection Checklist

    The Hand Hygiene Resource Center — a project of the Saint Raphael Healthcare System and John M. Boyce, MD, in New Haven, Conn. — offers a free, downloadable checklist of considerations when healthcare providers are selecting hand rubs.  By Jaimie Oh -
  2. Patient Safety Tool: Healthcare Team Vitality Assessment

    The Institute for Healthcare Improvement offers a free, downloadable instrument to help healthcare organizations assess healthcare team vitality.  By Jaimie Oh -
  3. FDA Approves Device to Help Manage Infections in Organ Transplant Patients

    The FDA has approved the first DNA test to help healthcare professionals gauge the progress of anti-viral treatment in solid organ transplant patients undergoing cytomegalovirus antiviral therapy.  By Jaimie Oh -
  4. Advanced Sterilization Products Voluntarily Recalls Sterilization Product

    Advanced Sterilization Products has voluntarily recalled its STERRAD CYCLESURE 24 Biological Indicator.  By Jaimie Oh -
  1. TRICARE Patients See Fewer MRSA Infections

    Department of Defense TRICARE beneficiaries are seeing fewer community-onset MRSA infections, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  By Jaimie Oh -
  2. Consumer Reports Releases Hospital Safety Ratings

    For the first time, Consumer Reports has rated U.S. hospitals for safety, combining six key measures into one composite rating.  By Jaimie Oh -
  3. How Hospitals' Data Transparency Can Spur Quality Improvement

    Hospitals are facing pressure to increase transparency from both patients, who are playing a larger role in choosing their healthcare providers, and the federal government, which requires regular reporting on quality. While making quality and patient safety data available to the public has raised concerns that consumers will misinterpret the data, transparency may ultimately spur improvement. Roger A. Ray, MD, executive vice president and CMO of Charlotte, N.C.-based Carolinas HealthCare System, explains how the health system embraced transparency to drive higher quality.  By Sabrina Rodak -
  4. Texas' Orange Medical Ambulatory Surgery Center Cited for Safety Problems During Inspection

    A state inspection of Orange Medical Ambulatory Surgery Center in McAllen, Texas, almost led to the center losing its license, according to a Star-Telegram report.  By Rachel Fields -
  5. Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal Praises Connecticut's Patient Safety Efforts

    U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) praised statewide patient safety efforts at a recent hearing on behalf of the Senate Special Committee on Aging in Hartford, according to a Boston Globe report.  By Jaimie Oh -
  6. Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority Hires 2 Patient Safety Consultants for Area Hospitals

    The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority has hired two patient safety liaisons for the Northeast and Central regions to serve as educational patient safety consultants to healthcare facilities that submit reports through the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System.  By Jaimie Oh -
  7. 6 More Exeter Hospital Patients Confirmed for Hepatitis C

    Health officials confirmed that six more patients of Exeter (N.H.) Hospital tested positive for hepatitis C following a possible hepatitis C outbreak related to its cardiac catheterization lab in late May, according to a New Hampshire Union Leader report.  By Jaimie Oh -
  8. St. Jude's Study Identifies Protein That May Help Fight Against Bacterial Infections

    Research led by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists has identified a protein in the immune system that may help tackle bacterial infections.  By Jaimie Oh -
  9. Patient Safety Tool: Quality Improvement Savings Tracker Worksheet

    The Institute for Healthcare Improvement offers a free, downloadable worksheet to track cost-savings associated with quality improvement efforts.  By Jaimie Oh -

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