FDA ban on powdered medical gloves takes effect Jan. 18

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The Food and Drug Administration last month finalized a rule banning most powdered medical gloves in the United States effective Jan. 18. The final rule applies to powdered surgeon’s gloves, powdered patient examination gloves and absorbable powder for lubricating a surgeon’s gloves. According to the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, safety, nurses, regulation

FDA issues MRI safety recommendations for patients with implantable infusion pumps

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The Food and Drug Administration today alerted health care providers and patients to safety concerns with the use of implantable infusion pumps in the magnetic resonance imaging environment, citing reports of serious adverse events. Implantable infusion pumps are surgically implanted under the skin,... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, physicians, safety, nurses, regulation

FDA alerts providers to cardiac device cybersecurity vulnerability, software patch

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St. Jude Medical is deploying a software update to a remote monitoring system used with its implantable pacemakers and defibrillator devices to reduce the risk of patient harm due to cybersecurity vulnerabilities, the Food and Drug Administration announced this week. The agency said health care providers... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, physicians, safety, Cybersecurity, nurses, regulation

FDA alerts providers to safety risks with battery-powered mobile medical carts

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The Food and Drug Administration recently warned health care facilities of potential safety risks associated with battery-powered mobile medical carts, including reports of explosion, fires, smoking or overheating of equipment that required hospital evacuations associated with the batteries in the carts.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: patient safety, physicians, safety, nurses, regulation

CMS proposed rule would update fire safety standards for certain dialysis facilities

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today released a proposed rule that would update fire safety standards for certain end-stage renal disease facilities that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The rule would adopt applicable provisions of the National Fire Protection... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: safety, Medicare, Medicaid, regulation

Continuing the Patient Safety Journey

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As the new president and CEO of AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), I am thrilled that HRET has been selected as one of 16 national, regional or state hospital associations, Quality Improvement Organizations and health system organizations to continue efforts in reducing preventable... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, QIO, quality, Partnership for Patients, patient safety, readmissions, safety, HENs

CMS issues correction to new fire safety requirements

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today published a correction to its recently updated fire safety standards for hospitals. The May final rule adopted the National Fire Protection Association’s 2012 Life Safety Code (with minor amendments) and most chapters of its 2012 Health Care Facilities... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: safety, regulation

Honoring Quality Care at the State Level

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Today, the American Hospital Association announced the Maryland Hospital Association as the recipient of the 2016 Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award for Allied Association Leadership for its work to improve health care quality. The Ohio Hospital Association and Kansas Hospital Association were selected... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, quality, patient safety, safety, awards

Promising Results in CAUTI Reduction

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While hospitals have made great strides in reducing—or in some cases, eliminating—many health care-associated infections, reduction of catheter-associated urinary tract infections, or CAUTI, has been an elusive goal. Now results from a national project funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, quality, patient safety, safety

AONE celebrates National Nurses Week

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The focus of this year’s National Nurses Week, which concludes today, is “Culture of Safety: It Starts With You.” In an AHASTAT blog post today, Pamela Thompson, CEO of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, notes, “Patient safety is imbedded in all of AONE’s competencies for nursing leaders. It... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: safety, nurses

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