CDC, FDA alert providers to recall of Diocto Liquid and Diocto Syrup

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration are alerting health care providers to a nationwide recall of Diocto Liquid and Diocto Syrup, a stool softener used in inpatient and outpatient settings. The docusate sodium solutions, manufactured by PharmaTech LLC and... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: patient safety

FDA announces sodium chloride injection recall

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ICU Medical Inc. is voluntarily recalling one lot of 0.9% sodium chloride injection, USP 1000 mL, due to a confirmed customer complaint of particulate matter identified as stainless steel within a single flexible container, the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday. The reported incident was... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: patient safety

Fujifilm recalls duodenscope model

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Fujifilm Medical Systems today voluntarily recalled its ED-530XT model duodenoscopes to replace certain parts in an effort to reduce potential risk associated with inadequate reprocessing of the device, which is used to visualize the upper digestive tract. The company plans to contact all customers by... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: patient safety, regulation

CDC issues warning, updated recommendations for blood disorder drug

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently issued updated recommendations to prevent meningococcal disease in patients who are prescribed eculizumab, a drug used to treat two rare blood disorders. CDC recommends health care providers consider antimicrobial prophylaxis for the duration of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: patient safety, prevention

Hospital groups urge Supreme Court to review Patient Safety Act case

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The AHA and Federation of American Hospitals today urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Florida Supreme Court decision that would thwart Congress’ intent that the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 protect health care providers’ reports to patient safety organizations from public... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: patient safety

Quest for Quality Prize returns to recognize stellar examples in the field

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The AHA Quest for Quality Prize is back, and its sponsors say the new application and prize criteria are better calibrated to the transformation taking place in America’s health care. Oct. 1 (midnight Central Time to be precise) is the deadline for hospitals and health systems to apply for the 2018... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, patient safety, awards, culture of safety, leadership, patient and family engagement

USDA announces recall of frozen entrees shipped to institutions in six states

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Golden Gourmet has recalled frozen waffle with turkey sausage entrees that were distributed to institutions in six states because the items may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced yesterday. The 5,248 pounds of recalled products bear establishment... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: patient safety

FDA, CDC issue accuracy warning for certain lead testing systems

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Lead testing systems made by Magellan Diagnostics may provide inaccurate results for some children and adults, the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Wednesday. “The FDA is deeply concerned by this situation and is warning laboratories and health care... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: patient safety

Hospitals Against Violence webinar May 10 on behavioral health and safety teams

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The AHA’s Hospitals Against Violence initiative will host a May 10 webinar on how hospitals are using behavioral health rapid response and safety teams to address violence. Representatives from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Southern New Hampshire Medical Center will share their experiences. To... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: patient safety, workforce, Behavioral health

AHA urges FDA not to finalize draft guidance on blood platelets for transfusion

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The AHA today urged the Food and Drug Administration not to finalize its draft guidance on bacterial testing of blood platelets for transfusion, citing serious concerns about possible unintended consequences and the potential impact on platelet supply. “Additional time, information and resources are... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, patient safety, access, regulation

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