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  1. Patient safety tool: American Sentinel University's HAI prevention e-book for nurses

    American Sentinel University in Aurora, Colo., has released a free e-book called "Are You Prepared to Identify and Prevent the Three Infections That Make Up Two-Thirds of All Healthcare Associated Infections?" By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. CMS launches certification number look-up tool

    CMS is making available a tool to assist ambulatory surgery centers in locating their CMS certification number to complete the CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network registration process.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Solving a 100-year-old surgical quality problem with simple physics

    Minimally invasive surgery is typically a safer alternative to open surgery. Patients are in less pain, have a lower risk of infection and recover far more quickly than in traditional surgeries. However, there is one moment in laparoscopic surgery that is incredibly dangerous: incision. By Ellie Rizzo -

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  1. Patient safety tool: NPSF's checklist for getting the right diagnosis

    The National Patient Safety Foundation offers a free checklist that encourages patients to take an active role in their healthcare. By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Patient safety tool: AHA's antimicrobial stewardship program toolkit

    The American Hospital Association, along with six national partners, has released a toolkit to help hospitals and health systems improve their antimicrobial stewardship programs.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. CDC releases safe injection videos

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created two videos to promote safe injection practices through its One & Only Campaign in conjunction with the Safe Injection Practices Coalition. By Ellie Rizzo -
  4. Patient safety tool: PDI's healthcare reform champions kit

    PDI has released its Healthcare Reform Champions Kit, a digital educational tool that helps explain key components of the recent healthcare reform legislation. By Anuja Vaidya -
  1. AAO's Intelligent Research in Sight Registry receives PQRS designations From CMS

    The American Academy of Ophthalmology's Intelligent Research in Sight Registry has received two Physician Quality Reporting System designations from CMS — a qualified registry and qualified clinical data registry, according to an Ophthalmology Times report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. 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 -
  3. 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 -
  4. 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 -
  5. 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 -
  6. 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 -
  7. 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 -
  8. 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 -
  9. 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 -


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