CDC to host call for clinicians on retesting patients who received certain lead tests

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host a May 24 call for clinicians on its recommendations for retesting certain children and adults who had venous blood lead tests performed using a Magellan Diagnostics’ LeadCare analyzer. The call will review the recommendations, which patients may be... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: physicians, child health, maternal health, infant health, nurses

HRET-led project reduces CAUTI infections in nursing homes by 54%

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Long-term care facilities participating in a federal project led by the AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust reduced catheter-associated urinary tract infections by 54%, according to a study published today in JAMA Internal Medicine. The project adapted the Agency for Healthcare Research and... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality improvement

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

Virtual Behavioral Health Services

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By Gene Woods

One out of five Americans, or over 40 million people, struggle with behavioral health each day. In my state of North Carolina alone, every 2.5 minutes a person in behavioral crisis visits an emergency department. To better serve the needs of our patients and community, at Carolinas... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: Behavioral health

Apply for the 2018 Circle of Life Award

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Does your organization have an innovative palliative and end-of-life care program? If so, consider applying for the 2018 Circle of Life Award.

Since 1999, the “Circle of Life Award: Celebrating Innovation in End-of-Life Care” has honored shining examples of human compassion – care that helps people feel... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, awards, culture of safety, members, hospice, advanced illness care

Hospital State Leaders are Grassroots Champions

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The American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion Award  recognizes those hospital leaders who most effectively educate elected officials on how major issues affect the hospital’s vital role in the community, who have done an exemplary job in broadening the base of community support for the hospital... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety

AHA cybersecurity training for hospital leaders

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Whether it’s phishing attacks, malware and ransomware, encryption blind spots, cloud threats or a breach inadvertently triggered by an employee, hospitals and health systems need to be aware of cybersecurity risks that can cause them harm. Failure to detect an attack can cause a hit to the bottom line and... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: Cybersecurity

CDC: Disparity between black and white death rates declining

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The age-adjusted death rate declined 25% for black Americans and 14% for white Americans between 1999 and 2015, reducing the overall disparity between black and white death rates from 33% to 16%, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among specific... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, population health

Online tool now includes quality data for all VA medical centers

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The Department of Veterans Affairs yesterday expanded its access and quality tool to include certain inpatient quality data for every VA medical center. Released last month, the tool shows how VA medical centers compare with regional and national averages and non-VA hospitals in their area on certain... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, access

CDC issues recommendations for managing suspected Shigella infections

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week issued recommendations for diagnosing and managing patients who may be infected with a Shigella strain less susceptible to the antibiotic Ciprofloxacin. Shigella bacteria can cause Shigellosis, a diarrheal disease that should be reported to local... read more

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

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