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  • 5 Tips on Avoiding Checklist Fatigue

    Checklist fatigue is a common phenomenon among healthcare professionals. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement invited Thomas Varghese, MD, medical director of Seattle-based University of Washington's program Strong For Surgery, to address surgical checklists as a contributor on its Patient Safety Blog. 
  • 6 New Board Members Join NQF

    The National Quality Foundation has elected six new members to its 31-member board. The NQF board is comprised of major healthcare stakeholders in the private and public sectors. 
  • The Joint Commission, Wolters Kluwer Announce eCourses for Nurses

    Wolters Kluwer Health, based in the Netherlands, has partnered with The Joint Commission's publisher and educator, Joint Commission Resources, to develop and release a set of 30 eCourses for nurse professional development. 
  • 4 Tips for Continuing Quality Improvement

    While quality improvement is a necessary feature of the healthcare system, intervention results may be transient without appropriate institutional support systems. Lifewings, a company for patient safety products and solutions, offers four tips to improving the permanence of patient safety initiatives. 
  • FDA Issues Proposed Rule for Early Notification of Essential Drug Supply Changes

    The Food and Drug Administration has released a proposed rule that would require manufacturers of several vital prescription drugs to notify the FDA upon manufacturing interruptions or discontinuations likely to affect drug supply, according to a report from AHA News Now. 
  • Patient Safety Tool: Medication Error Reduction Scorecards

    The Institute for Safe Medication Practices is a nonprofit dedicated to educating patients and the healthcare community about safe medication practices with free resources, consulting and research. 
  • 7 Findings on Patient-Controlled Analgesia Practices

    The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety has released the results of its first national survey of patient-controlled analgesia practices. Patient controlled analgesia is known to result in harm when safety practices are inconsistent. 
  • 10 Most Popular Patient Safety Tools Oct. 28 to Nov. 1, 2013

    The following are the 10 most-read patient safety tools from Oct. 28 to Nov. 1, 2013, beginning with the most-read. 
  • 3 Considerations to Ease the Process of Discussing Other Clinicians' Errors

    Discussing other clinicians' errors with patients that may have been victims of previous medical errors is difficult but necessary to fostering a patient safety culture, according to a perspective in The New England Journal of Medicine.  
  • Skin Prep Products: What You Need to Know for Standardized Antisepsis Protocol in Surgery Centers

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates approximately 1.7 million patients per year develop healthcare associated infections. Surgery centers, and all healthcare providers, can implement a standardized surgical skin antisepsis protocol to promote improved patient safety. 
  • 14 Days Until Becker's CEO Roundtable

    With Becker's 20th Annual ASC conference wrapped up, the countdown begins for Becker’s CEO Roundtable in Chicago: 14 days! There are 30 seats still available, so REGISTER NOW!  
  • Study: Don't Wash Hands Before Donning Gloves

    Engaging in hand hygiene before donning nonsterile gloves does not reduce bacterial counts on gloves, rendering that hand hygiene step unnecessary, according to research published in the American Journal of Infection Control. 
  • Consumers Union to Host "Ending Medical Harm" Conference

    Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports,  will mark the 10th anniversary of its Safe Patient Project with the "Ending Medical Harm" Conference Nov. 6 at Columbia University in New York City, according to a report in the Digital Journal. 
  • Patient Safety Tool: Injection Safety Brochure

    The Safe Injection Practices Coalition provides complimentary resources for patients and providers to improve the safety of injection practices in healthcare settings.  
  • To Reprocess or Not to Reprocess: 5 Considerations

    Timothy Merchant, vice president of Medline Industries' MEDISISS, discussed equipment reprocessing at the Becker's 20th Annual Ambulatory Surgery Centers Conference, held Oct. 24-26 in Chicago. 
  • Study: Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances Effective, Efficient

    Electronic prescribing of controlled substance improved work flow, prescription accuracy and medication monitoring, according to research published in the Journal of the America Medical Informatics Association. 
  • Patient Safety Tool: The Challenges of Quality Improvement

    The Institute for Healthcare Improvement provides a variety of complimentary resources to help healthcare providers improve quality of care. 
  • Standardized Surgical Skin Antisepsis Protocol at Surgery Centers: 4 Imperatives

    Quality and infection control are responsibilities taken seriously by healthcare providers. Even so, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately 1.7 million patients per year develop healthcare-associated infections, resulting in 271 deaths each day. 
  • 3 Important Quality, Patient Safety Issues in ASCs

    At the 20th Annual Ambulatory Surgery Centers Conference in Chicago on October 25, David Berkowitz, vice president, national accounts at ECRI Institute, discussed three important quality and patient safety issues in ASCs.  
  • 4 Things to Know About CMS Mandates for Quality Reporting

    At the 20th Annual Ambulatory Surgery Centers Conference in Chicago on October 25, Regina Boore, RN, the principal and CEO of Progressive Surgical Solutions, discussed the evolving CMS mandates for quality reporting by ASCs and how it will affect their reimbursements.  

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