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  1. PPIs & other acid-reducing drugs raises risk of C. Diff in children: 5 key notes

    Pediatric patients treated with prescription acid-reducing medications face a higher risk of developing Clostridium difficile infection, according to a study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. NBCH launches risk solution programs: 5 key notes

    The National Business Coalition on Health has is launching two risk solution programs focused on pharmacy benefits and musculoskeletal management, in an effort to help employers focus on value-based benefit programs from their employees.  By Brandon Howard -
  3. 6 Young Physicians Patient Safety 2015 Award recipients

    During the Annual Association of American Medical College’s Integrating Quality Meeting, six medical students received the 2015 Young Physicians Patient Safety Award for their essays on the significance of patient safety work.  By Brandon Howard -

Improving patient care with practitioners

Penn State Hershey Medical Center will share how their engagement and talent management strategy has transformed their onboarding experience and ongoing staff development.
  1. 13-month-old dies of suspected meningococcal infection

    A 13-month-old toddler in Rhode Island passed away from what the Department of Health suspects was a meningococcal infection. Thirteen children at the child's day-care are being treated as a precaution, reports Fox News.  By Brandon Howard -
  2. NPSF issues guidelines on root cause analysis: 4 things to know

    The National Patient Safety Foundation released guidelines developed to help healthcare organizations improve the way they investigate medical errors, adverse events and near misses, according to a press release.  By Brandon Howard -
  3. Necessary preventative measures to combat Hantavirus — 5 facts to know

    Health officials in South Dakota advise residents to take steps to prevent hantavirus, a disease carried primarily by deer mice.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  4. 5 thoughts on keeping up with ASC quality reporting requirements

    Quality reporting is now affecting how healthcare providers, including ambulatory surgery centers, are paid. By Carrie Pallardy -

Robotic technology for orthopedics in the ASC

Robotic technology is well established across multiple specialties in the hospital setting, due primarily to the clinical and strategic value it brings. Robotics, especially for orthopedics, is gaining traction in the ASC setting with early adopters who recognize its value.
  1. 458 reported deaths, officials don't declare MERS an emergency — 7 notes

    Despite the increasing number of deaths in South Korea and Middle East, the World Health Organizations does not define the spread of the MERS virus as a global emergency.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. Knee arthroscopy for older patients provides little benefit: 6 things to know

    There is a small and inconsequential benefit associated with arthroscopy for the degenerative knee in middle-aged or older patients, according to a study in The BMJ.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. 5 things to know about the death toll from smoking

    A recent JAMA Internal Medicine study found 45 percent of at least 345,962 cancer deaths in the United States each year were from lung, bronchus and trachea cancer as a result of cigarette smoking, reports The Los Angeles Times.  By Brandon Howard -
  4. Laparoscopic vs. open colectomy: Which results in lower costs & utilization? — 7 key notes

    Laparoscopic colectomy typically results in a significant reduction of healthcare costs and utilization, according to a study published in JAMA Surgery.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  1. The complications in delivering the best diet to each patient: 4 things to know

    A Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory article revealed dietary errors occurred in 285 reported events from January 2009 through June 2015, and eight events caused serious harm to patients.  By Brandon Howard -
  2. New cases of Ebola proves virus is still active — 5 notes

    New cases of Ebola in both Sierra Leone and Guinea squander hopes that the virus is no longer prevalent.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. AAPS' concern over AMA's informed consent

    The American Medical Association voted to lobby legislatures to end all nonmedical exemptions to mandated vaccines.  By Brandon Howard -
  4. CDC reports cases of Hepatitis C are rising — 4 facts

    A recent report by the CDC indicates Hepatitis C is on the rise with researchers devising treatments to combat the disease.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  5. Surgical never events: 8 key points on incidence, root causes & potential interventions

    A study published in JAMA Surgery examines the incidence, root causes of and interventions to prevent wrong-site surgery, retained surgical items and surgical fires.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  6. West Africa Ebola strain found to be less severe as 1976 outbreak — 5 key notes

    A National Institutes of Health report reveals the 1976 Ebola strain has proven to be more harmful than the current West Africa outbreak strain. Scientists have found the current outbreak to have a decreased ability to cause disease in their animal model compared to the 1976 strain isolated in Central Africa.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  7. Meningococcal outbreak plagues University of Oregon students — 10 facts to note

    The University of Oregon opted to participate in a federal study investigating whether two vaccines now being administered to students can decrease the population carrying the meningococcal disease. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are conducting the study in hopes it will cause the federal government to extend guidelines on who should receive the vaccines and how often.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  8. Oregon Ambulatory Surgery Center Association hosts infection control seminar

    The Oregon Ambulatory Surgery Center Association will present its annual "Summer Sizzle" seminar with the theme "Infection Control and ASC Best Practices," on June 15.  By Brandon Howard -
  9. Dr. Auron Priestley and Health IT company launch communication software: 5 key notes

    Software development company Kolkin has launched a new real-time patient list and hand-off tool, SOS for Patient Safety Initiative, with the goal of allowing physicians to eliminate miscommunication. Here are five things to know:  By Brandon Howard -

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