ISMP survey looks at support for text messaging of medical orders

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Many health care providers do not support using text messaging for medical orders, according to a survey released last week by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices. The 778 respondents included nurses, pharmacists, prescribers, medication safety officers and others. One-third of respondents thought... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, safety, Electronic Health Records

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

AHA webinar Feb. 15 on promoting a safe workplace culture

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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 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

CMS issues correction to new fire safety requirements

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today published a correction to its recently updated fire safety standards for hospitals. The May final rule adopted the National Fire Protection Association’s 2012 Life Safety Code (with minor amendments) and most chapters of its 2012 Health Care Facilities... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: safety, regulation

AONE celebrates National Nurses Week

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The focus of this year’s National Nurses Week, which concludes today, is “Culture of Safety: It Starts With You.” In an AHASTAT blog post today, Pamela Thompson, CEO of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, notes, “Patient safety is imbedded in all of AONE’s competencies for nursing leaders. It... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: safety, nurses

CMS issues final rule updating Medicare/Medicaid fire safety standards

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a final rule adopting the National Fire Protection Association’s 2012 Life Safety Code (with minor amendments) and most chapters of its 2012 Health Care Facilities Code for hospitals, critical access hospitals, long-term care facilities, ambulatory... read more

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

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