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  1. Patient safety tool: NCPS' balance assessment handbook

    The VA National Center for Patient Safety offers a balance assessment handbook as part of its Falls Toolkit.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Sentinel event alert: preventing infection from misuse of vials

    The Joint Commission has released a new issue of Sentinel Event Alert, a periodic publication on safety issues organizations should consider when designing or redesigning processes in their facilities. The current issue addresses preventing infection from the misuse of vials. By Ellie Rizzo -
  3. Health IT and patient safety: 5 things to know

    Health IT can be an excellent tool in improving efficiency in healthcare, but it can also pose significant risks to patient safety when something goes awry. "When not used appropriately, [health IT] can add a layer of complexity to an already complex system," said Jerry Castro, project director for the Office of Patient Safety at The Joint Commission in an interview on a Take 5 With the Joint Commission podcast. Here are some of the most important health IT considerations for patient safety, according to Mr. Castro: By Ellie Rizzo -
  1. Developing ASC quality assurance programs

    At the 12th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven Conference + Future of Spine in Chicago on June 14, Kylie Kaczor, MSN, RN, infection preventionist and executive director of Laser Spine Institute in Tampa, Fla., discussed quality assurance programs and infection prevention. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  2. 10 Thoughts on improving infection control in the ASC

    Reprocessing? Injections? Personal technology? Hand hygiene? While healthcare experiences dramatic advances, infection control continues to encounter some of the same consistently thorny issues. The following are 10 thoughts on improving infection prevention and control in the ASC setting, according to industry experts: By Ellie Rizzo -
  3. Press Ganey acquires National Database of Nursing Quality indicators

    Press Ganey has acquired the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators, a quality improvement and nurse engagement tool.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. 4 safety culture lessons from GM's ignition switch scandal

    General Motors' ongoing troubles over faulty ignition switches are a clear example of how not to build a culture of safety. Unfolding over 11 years, organizational failures at GM led to airbag failures linked with at least 13 deaths. By Ellie Rizzo -
  1. Study validates formula for estimating hand hygiene opportunities per patient day

    A study published in the American Journal of Infection Control has validated the World Health Organization's "Five Moments for Hand Hygiene" methodology or the HOW2 Benchmark Study, which includes a formula to estimate the number of hand hygiene opportunities per patient day.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. APIC announces Heroes of Infection Prevention award winners

    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology announced six recipients of the Heroes of Infection Prevention Award. By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. FDA approves drug for hemphilia A patients

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Eloctate for use in adults and children who have hemophilia A. By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. National 'Time Out' Day is June 11

    The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses' annual awareness campaign for the surgical time out, National Time Out Day, will fall June 11, 2014. By Ellie Rizzo -
  1. Patient safety tooklit: Project RED's new toolkit chapter

    The Re-Engineered Discharge Toolkit, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, has added a tool to help hospitals integrate family caregivers into the discharge plan. By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. 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 -
  3. 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 -
  4. 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 -
  5. 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 -
  6. 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 -
  7. 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 -
  8. 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 -
  9. 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 -


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