Group offers guidance for engaging new clinicians in patient safety

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The National Collaborative for Improving the Clinical Learning Environment this week released guidance to help health care system leaders work with clinical educators to create learning environments where new clinicians actively engage in patient safety activities. The document provides a framework and... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: patient safety, physicians, nurses, teaching hospitals

ISMP releases medication safety self-assessment tool

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The Institute for Safe Medication Practices yesterday released a tool to help hospitals and outpatient facilities evaluate their safety practices for “high-alert” medications, identify opportunities for improvement and track their experiences over time. Providers who submit their assessment findings to... read more

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

Medtronic recalls diabetes infusion sets

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Medtronic has recalled certain diabetes infusion sets used with its insulin pumps to replace a component that may lead to over-delivery of insulin after an infusion set change. Medtronic recommends that customers use only infusion sets made with the new membrane, available since April, and carefully... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: patient safety

Abbott updating pacemaker firmware to correct cybersecurity vulnerabilities

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Abbott is updating the firmware for all St. Jude Medical radio frequency-enabled implantable pacemaker devices to address cybersecurity vulnerabilities that could allow an unauthorized user to access a patient's device using commercially available equipment, the Food and Drug Administration reports. The... read more

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

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

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