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March 12-18 is “Patient Safety Awareness Week,” when the National Patient Safety Foundation encourages hospitals and other health care organizations to host local activities promoting awareness of the need to continually improve patient safety and to involve the public in those improvement efforts.

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

Reminder: AHA webinar Feb. 15 on promoting a safe workplace culture

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The AHA’s Hospitals Against Violence initiative and its American Society for Healthcare Risk Management will co-host a Feb. 15 webinar on practical strategies for promoting a safe workplace culture. For more information or to register for the 3 p.m. ET webinar, click here.

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: safety, workforce

FDA warns of reaction to skin antiseptic products containing chlorhexidine gluconate

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The Food and Drug Administration yesterday warned that products containing chlorhexidine gluconate can cause rare but serious allergic reactions. “Although rare, the number of reports of serious allergic reactions to these products has increased over the last several years,” the agency said. As a result,... read more

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

AHA webinar Feb. 15 on promoting a safe workplace culture

AHA News Now

The AHA’s Hospital Against Violence initiative and its American Society for Healthcare Risk Management will co-host a Feb. 15 webinar on practical strategies for promoting a safe workplace culture. For more information or to register for the 3 p.m. ET webinar, click here.

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: safety, workforce

FDA issues safety alert on defibrillator

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LIFEPAK 1000 defibrillators may not be able to deliver therapy during a resuscitation attempt due to an intermittent connection between the battery and device electrical contacts, according to a safety alert issued Saturday by the Food and Drug Administration. Device maker Physio-Control has received 34... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: safety, regulation

FDA ban on powdered medical gloves takes effect Jan. 18

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The Food and Drug Administration last month finalized a rule banning most powdered medical gloves in the United States effective Jan. 18. The final rule applies to powdered surgeon’s gloves, powdered patient examination gloves and absorbable powder for lubricating a surgeon’s gloves. According to the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, safety, nurses, regulation

FDA issues MRI safety recommendations for patients with implantable infusion pumps

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The Food and Drug Administration today alerted health care providers and patients to safety concerns with the use of implantable infusion pumps in the magnetic resonance imaging environment, citing reports of serious adverse events. Implantable infusion pumps are surgically implanted under the skin,... read more

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

FDA alerts providers to cardiac device cybersecurity vulnerability, software patch

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St. Jude Medical is deploying a software update to a remote monitoring system used with its implantable pacemakers and defibrillator devices to reduce the risk of patient harm due to cybersecurity vulnerabilities, the Food and Drug Administration announced this week. The agency said health care providers... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, physicians, safety, Cybersecurity, nurses, regulation

FDA alerts providers to safety risks with battery-powered mobile medical carts

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The Food and Drug Administration recently warned health care facilities of potential safety risks associated with battery-powered mobile medical carts, including reports of explosion, fires, smoking or overheating of equipment that required hospital evacuations associated with the batteries in the carts.... read more

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

CMS proposed rule would update fire safety standards for certain dialysis facilities

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today released a proposed rule that would update fire safety standards for certain end-stage renal disease facilities that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The rule would adopt applicable provisions of the National Fire Protection... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: safety, Medicare, Medicaid, regulation

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