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  1. Bill Would Allow Rhode Island Physicians to Apologize for Errors Without Legal Consequences

    A bill introduced by Rep. Joseph McNamara (D-R.I.) would allow physicians and other healthcare providers to apologize to patients and families for undesirable outcomes without legal backlash.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on the benevolent gestures bill in Rhode Island. By Jaimie Oh -
  2. Patient Safety Tool: Sample Policy on Telephone/Verbal Orders

    The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority offers a free, downloadable sample policy on telephone and verbal orders to reduce errors associated with miscommunication.  By Jaimie Oh -
  3. Patient Safety Tool: How to Create an Accurate Medication List Toolkit

    Consumers Advancing Patient Safety offers a free, downloadable toolkit, designed to guide healthcare providers through improving medical reconciliation in outpatient settings.  By Jaimie Oh -
  1. Patient Safety Tool: Bed Rail Entrapment Poster

    The Patient Safety Authority in Harrisburg, Pa., offers a free, downloadable poster organizations can use to help prevent bed rain entrapment.  By -
  2. Unit-Level Better Than Hospital-Level Surveillance of Infections

    Researchers have concluded a unit-level surveillance approach may better tackle the incidence of MRSA than a hospital-level approach, according to a study published in Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on infection control surveillance. By Jaimie Oh -
  3. First Helicobacter Pylori Test for Children Receives FDA Approval

    The BreathTek UBT test is the first breath test to detect Helicobacter pylori bacterial infections in children ages 3-17 and has received approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on FDA approval of the BreathTek UBT test. By Jaimie Oh -
  4. Medicare Advantage Patients Experience Fewer Readmissions Than Fee For Service Patients

    Results from a study showed Medicare Advantage patients experienced fewer readmissions than Medicare fee-for-service patients, according to a MedAssurant news release.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on Medicare Advantage outcomes. By Jaimie Oh -
  1. Q&A With Johns Hopkins' Dr. Peter Pronovost: How Clinical Communities Can Reduce Harm

    In November 2011, the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Medicine received $10 million from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to reduce surgical site infections and other complications from colon surgery. The project will be modeled in part by the work of Peter J. Pronovost, MD, PhD, director of the Armstrong Institute, who developed a checklist that helped significantly reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections.  By Sabrina Rodak -
  2. Bacteria May Rebound Hours After Cleaning Surfaces

    Researchers found bacterial levels rebounded after using two types of surface disinfectants on hospital bed rails, according to research published in the American Journal of Infection Control.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on disinfection. By Jaimie Oh -
  3. AHRQ Seeks Nominations for Pediatric Quality Measures

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking measures of children's healthcare quality for potential inclusion in the CHIPRA 2013 Improved Core Set of Health Care Quality Measures for potential voluntary use by Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, according to an announcement published in the Federal Register.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on children's healthcare quality measures. By Jaimie Oh -
  4. American Regent Recalls HCl Injection

    American Regent has announced a nationwide voluntary recall of its phenylephrine HCl injection after it found visible particles in some retained samples of this lot, according to an FDA news release.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on American Regent's recall. By Jaimie Oh -
  1. Researchers Find Wide Disparities in Enterobacteriaceae Prevention

    Results from a study showed wide variation in hospitals' infection control practices targeting extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing Enterobacteriaceae and carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, according to research published in the American Journal of Infection Control.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on infection control practices. By Jaimie Oh -
  2. Patient Safety Tool: Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality offers a free downloadable patient safety culture assessment tools for hospitals.  By Jaimie Oh -
  3. Patient Safety Tool: Falls Toolkit Jeopardy

    The National Center for Patient Safety offers a free, downloadable Jeopardy Powerpoint designed to test healthcare staff's knowledge about patient falls and prevention.  By Jaimie Oh -
  4. Practical Guidance for Handling Reusable Sharps

    The following article is written by Matt Smith, marketing analyst for Healthmark Industries Co.   Surgical instruments can be potentially dangerous to handle, transport and clean. These items are particularly dangerous to personnel and patients right after use in the OR. These instruments become potentially infectious "sharps" when contaminated. Reusable sharps, such as scissors, osteotomes and other surgical instruments, are often capable of penetrating a person's skin.  By Matt Smith, Marketing Analyst, Healthmark Industries Co. -
  5. 4 Risk Factors for Immediate Use Steam Sterilization

    History of malignancy and obesity are among the four risk factors that may increase the incidence of immediate-use steam sterilization, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control. Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on immediate-use steam sterilization. By Jaimie Oh -
  6. Parkland's Chief Implementation Officer Resigns Days After Hiring

    John Beall, who was appointed Parkland Memorial Hospital's chief implementation officer, has resigned five days after his first day and will return to his former post at The Joint Commission, according to a Dallas Morning News report.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on Parkland Memorial Hospital. By Jaimie Oh -
  7. Alcohol Handrubs More Time Efficient Than Chlorhexidine Washing

    Results from a study showed alcohol handrubbing is just as effective as but more time efficient than chlorhexidine handwashing, according to research published in the American Journal of Infection Control.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on hand hygiene. By Jaimie Oh -
  8. Red Sox Pitcher Receives Emergency Surgery to Repair Alleged Botched Surgery

    Red Sox relief pitcher Bobby Jenks traveled to Phoenix to undergo emergency surgery to fix an alleged botched spinal decompression surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, according to a Boston Globe report.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on Bobby Jenks. By Jaimie Oh -
  9. Healthcare-Acquired Infections, Mortalities in Pennsylvania Down Slightly in 2010

    The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council issued a new report that showed healthcare-associated infection and mortalities rates decreased from 2009 to 2010.Read the full report in Becker's Hospital Review on the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council report. By Jaimie Oh -


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