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  1. Company behind PURELL Hand Sanitizer works to raise patient safety awareness

    GOJO Industries, a hand hygiene company and inventor of PURELL Hand Sanitizer, has joined the National Patient Safety Foundation in an effort to promote awareness during Patient Safety Awareness Week. By Carrie Pallardy -
  2. Oregon Patient Safety Commission recognizes 2 ASCs

    The Oregon Patient Safety Commission recently recognized a number of healthcare providers at its fourth annual breakfast held in Salem, Ore., according to an Albany Democrat-Herald report. Two surgery centers were amongst the recognized providers. By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. 9 articles on 'superbug' outbreaks and scope cleaning

    Here are nine articles on the recent carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae outbreaks related to the use of duodenoscopes for ERCP. By Carrie Pallardy -

Selecting and implementing EHR solutions

Legislative updates, economic impacts of electronic solutions, record options, and alternative options are all important elements to consider when planning for the right solutions to implement an EHR.  
  1. WHO: Ebola vaccination trials to begin in Guinea

    The World Health Organization will begin to conduct trials of the Ebola vaccination in Guinea this week, according to a UN News Centre report. By Carrie Pallardy -
  2. Chicago start-up launches app that sends nurses straight to patients' homes

    A Chicago-based start-up launched an app that allows people to connect with a healthcare professional, according to a ChicagoInno report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. More hospitals report 'superbug' outbreaks

    A number of other hospitals reported outbreaks of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae in the wake of the report of seven CRE cases and two patient deaths from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. By Carrie Pallardy -
  4. In wake of 'superbug' cases ECRI Institute advises culturing duodenoscopes to cut risk of infection

    The ECRI Institute has issued a High Priority Hazard Report in response to recent outbreaks of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae linked to duodenoscopes used during ERCP. By Carrie Pallardy -

Is your ASC ready for a crisis? 

Simulation-based training has been used to increase the emergency preparedness of healthcare facilities in ambulatory settings. Using clinical scenarios to create a representation of a "real world" emergency encourages the application and development of clinical skills and team collaboration through deliberate practice.
  1. CDC to redouble efforts to combat C. diff

    The CDC's fiscal year 2016 budget includes provisions for addressing C. difficile infections in the United States, according to an HCPlive report.  By Carrie Pallardy -
  2. Does insurance status affect quality of patient care?

    A recent study published in the journal Neurosurgery found that Medicaid or uninsured patients have a greater number of safety and quality of care issues when hospitalized for brain tumors. By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. Mayo Clinic to commercialize analytics in an effort to improve patient outcomes

    Mayo Clinic plans to commercialize its analytics, publishing and sharing algorithms through Apervita's secure self-service healthcare analytics platform, according to an HIT Consultant report. By Carrie Pallardy -
  4. Medline's 10-day hand care challenge

    A recent survey found that only 4% of nurses are content with the condition of their hands while on the job. Medline Industries, Inc. asks hospitals across the U.S. whose nurses struggle with dry, irritated skin on the job, to try its Restore™ nitrile exam gloves coated with colloidal oatmeal and take a hand care challenge.  By Megan McCormack -
  1. Predictive analytics helps hospital reduce colon surgery SSI risk by 58%

    Fierce Health IT reports that  Iowa City-based University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has reduced surgical infections after colon surgery by 58 percent using predictive analytics, according to a Health IT Outcomes report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. CDC: C. diff infects 500k Americans each year

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that approximately 500,000 people were infected with C. difficile in 2011, according to a report by U.S. World & News Report. By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. CMS ASC Quality Reporting could get 2 new measures — 5 things to know

    The group that guides the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on performance measures for the federal quality reporting program is recommending two new measures for the ASC Quality Reporting Program, according to an ASCA report. By Laura Dyrda -
  4. Xenex joins NPSF Patient Safety Coalition

    Xenex, the company behind the Xenon Full Spectrum UV Germ-Zapping Robot, has joined the National Patient Safety Foundation Patient Safety Coalition. By Carrie Pallardy -
  5. Ready to improve patient safety? AHRQ's 2015 ASC program about to get underway

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Safety Program for Ambulatory Surgery Cohort 5 enrollment is open through March 30, according to an ASCA report. By Laura Dyrda -
  6. Experienced vs. new surgeons: No difference in patient mortality rates

    A study published in the Journal of the American Statistical Association has found that there is no significant statistical variation in the patient mortality rates of new surgeons in comparison to experienced surgeons. By Carrie Pallardy -
  7. WHO calls for healthcare providers to use 'smart' syringes

    The World Health Organization has released a statement calling for the worldwide use of "smart syringes." By Carrie Pallardy -
  8. HHS announces $200M in grants for Ebola preparedness in the U.S.

    The Department of Health and Human Services announced nearly $200 million in new funding to enhance state and local healthcare system preparedness for Ebola.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  9. Patient safety company TraceLink raises $20M in funding

    TraceLink, based in Wakefield, Mass., has raised $20 million in funding, according to a Pulse 2.0 report. By Carrie Pallardy -

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