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

Hospitals add 7,300 jobs in July

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Employment at the nation's hospitals rose by 0.14% in July to a seasonally adjusted 5,119,400 people, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. That's 7,300 more people than in June and 87,300 more than a year ago. Without the seasonal adjustment, which removes the effect of fluctuations due to... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: workforce

Map shows state trends in opioid-related hospital stays

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a map showing state trends and variation in opioid-related hospital stays between 2009 and 2014. According to a recent AHRQ report, opioid-related hospital stays increased 75% for women and 55% for men between 2005 and 2014, while opioid-related... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: opioids

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

AHA announces new Quest for Quality Prize sponsor

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The AHA Quest for Quality Prize will be back in 2018 with a new sponsor – health care software designer RL Solutions. Presented annually since 2002 to recognize health care leadership and innovation in improving quality and advancing health in communities, the prize was on hiatus for 2017 while the... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, awards

Health care champions

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This week’s AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego gives us the opportunity to honor our hospital and health system champions for their inspiring work.

Bluegrass Care Navigators and the collaboration of Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance, Providence TrinityCare Hospice & Trinity Kids... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: awards, members

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

HRSA project recognizes top CAH quality reporting states

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The Health Resources and Services Administration today recognized 10 states whose critical access hospitals had the highest quality reporting rates and performance improvement under the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project during the past year: Wisconsin, Maine, Utah, Minnesota, Illinois and... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, rural, Critical Access Hospitals

Reminder: SNF quality data preview reports available

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Skilled nursing facilities can now preview their quality measure data for the SNF Quality Reporting Program in the Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reporting (CASPER) application, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced last month. The Review and Correct reports contain quality... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality

FDA to extend REMS requirements to immediate-release opioids

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The Food and Drug Administration intends to update its Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy requirements for extended-release and long-acting opioid analgesics, and extend the same requirements to immediate-release opioid analgesic products, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., announced this week.... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: physicians, nurses, regulation, opioids

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