Company recalls sterile drug products

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Bella Pharmaceuticals is voluntarily recalling all lots of unexpired sterile drug products due to lack of sterility assurance, the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday. The products were distributed to health care facilities nationwide. Anyone with product subject to the recall should stop using... read more

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

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Looking for more evidence of the stellar work being done in health care across the country? You’ll find it in the latest annual report on health care quality and disparities from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

The AHA has worked closely with AHRQ on a number of safety and... read more

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

FDA alerts providers to expanded recall of PharmaTech products

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Rugby Laboratories, Major Pharmaceuticals and Leader Brands have recalled all liquid drug and dietary supplement products manufactured by PharmaTech LLC due to potential contamination with the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia, the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday. According to the Centers for... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: patient safety

CDC investigating increase in reported cases of cyclosporiasis

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and others are investigating an increase in reported cases of cyclosporiasis – an intestinal illness caused by the parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis. People can become infected with Cyclospora by consuming food or water contaminated with the parasite; it is... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: patient safety

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

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