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AHA urges FDA not to finalize draft guidance on blood platelets for transfusion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The AHA today urged the Food and Drug Administration not to finalize its draft guidance on bacterial testing of blood platelets for transfusion, citing serious concerns about possible unintended consequences and the potential impact on platelet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

FDA restricts use of codeine and tramadol medicines in children

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The Food and Drug Administration today announced that it is restricting the use of codeine and tramadol medicines in children, as well as recommending against using them in breastfeeding mothers due to possible harm to their infants. The FDA is requiring several changes to the labels of all prescription... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, patient safety, child health, maternal health, regulation

AHE accepting nominations for Heart of Healthcare Award

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The AHA’s Association for the Healthcare Environment is accepting nominations through June 9 for its Heart of Healthcare Award, which recognizes outstanding environmental services technicians for their efforts to keep patients safe and infection free. Recipients will be honored at AHE’s EXCHANGE 2017... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, patient safety, awards, workforce

Celebrating Nursing Leaders

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It takes a team to run a hospital. But if you ask a patient who they interacted with the most, they’ll probably say a nurse. Nurses are on the front lines of medical care in hospitals, health clinics, schools, assisted living facilities and home health care. They are often the voice of the patient. Today,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: patient safety, nurses, workforce, members

FDA alerts providers to defibrillator recall

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Phillips Healthcare has recalled a device used by health care providers to pace people with a slow heart beat or deliver lifesaving electrical shocks to people with sudden cardiac arrest, the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday. Electrical and battery connection issues with the HeartStart MRx... read more

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

Ambulatory care: The next frontier in patient safety

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By Jay Bhatt, D.O., and Katie Mockaitis

Hospitals have made impressive strides in improving care in the inpatient setting and are applying those lessons to outpatient care.

Funded through a contract from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust... read more

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

Focusing on Teamwork and Communication to Improve Patient Safety

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By Jay Bhatt, D.O., and Maureen Swick, R.N.

Patient safety experts agree that communication and teamwork skills are essential for providing quality health care.  When all clinical and nonclinical staff collaborate effectively, health care teams can improve patient outcomes, prevent medical errors,... read more

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

CDC updates blood and tissue safety risk for three Florida counties

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday announced the potential for increased risk to blood and tissue safety in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, FL, starting on June 15, 2016, due to local Zika virus transmission. “This increased risk is particularly relevant for semen... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: patient safety, maternal health, infant health, prevention, Zika

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