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

Online training on National Healthcare Safety Network available March 20-24

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The National Healthcare Safety Network will webcast on March 20-24 its annual training program for people who use the system to submit data on healthcare-associated infections for acute-care or long-term care facilities, or to identify opportunities to improve patient safety. Topics will include NHSN data... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety

IHI, NPSF to merge; propose 'public health framework' to advance patient safety

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The Institute for Healthcare Improvement and National Patient Safety Foundation yesterday announced plans to merge May 1. IHI President and CEO Derek Feeley will lead the combined organization and NPSF President and CEO Tejal Gandhi, M.D., its combined patient safety programs. As part of the announcement,... read more

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

AHA highlights Patient Safety Week events and resources

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March 12-18 is Patient Safety Awareness Week, observed annually to increase knowledge and interest about patient safety and engage health care professionals and the public. For more on the featured events and AHA resources to build a culture of safety, visit AHA.org/PSAW. For more on the week and how... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: patient safety

IRF and LTCH quality data preview reports available through March 30

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Inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-term care hospitals can review their quality data through March 30 before it is reported on the IRF Compare and LTCH Compare websites in June, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced yesterday. “Corrections to the underlying data will not be... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality

Study: Many people treated with buprenorphine continue to receive other opioids

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Many people receiving buprenorphine to treat opioid addiction fill prescriptions for other opioids during or after treatment, according to a study by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, reported last week in the journal Addiction. The study looked at pharmacy claims for more than 38,000 new... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: opioids

CDC webinar March 16 on VTE prevention

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host a free webinar March 16 on strategies to prevent venous thromboembolism, also known as blood clots. Michael Streiff, M.D., will share lessons learned from the Johns Hopkins VTE Collaborative. To register for the 60-minute webinar, which begins at 2... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, prevention

AONE, HRET HIIN webinar March 14 on patient safety

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The AHA’s American Organization of Nurse Executives and Health Research & Educational Trust will host a March 14 webinar on “Partnering for Progress in Quality and Safety.” Participants will hear from two hospital nurse leaders that have used the HRET Hospital Improvement Innovation Network to improve... read more

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

CMS awards $100 million to help small practices with Quality Payment Program

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today awarded 11 organizations about $20 million each to help individual and small group practices implement the clinician Quality Payment Program. The organizations will help eligible practices of 15 or fewer clinicians choose and report on quality measures... read more

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

AHRQ releases ICU mechanical ventilation safety toolkit

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality recently released a toolkit to help hospital intensive care units prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia and other complications for patients on mechanical ventilation. The toolkit uses proven principles and methods from the agency’s Comprehensive Unit-based... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality

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