FDA poster summarizes mattress cover safety recommendations

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Health care facilities can download a new Food and Drug Administration poster summarizing the agency’s 2013 recommendations to prevent infection risks associated with damaged or worn hospital bed mattress covers. Based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for environmental infection... read more

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

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One of the most important steps you can take to avoid serious, flu-related illnesses is to be vaccinated.

Who needs a flu vaccine? Almost everyone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated, particularly people who are at a high risk... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: safety, prevention

CDC issues update on emerging multidrug-resistant fungus

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday reported 77 cases in the past year of the emerging and often multidrug-resistant fungus Candida auris, most in chronically ill patients with long stays at high-acuity skilled nursing facilities. All but eight of the cases were in the New York City... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, prevention

CDC launches online training series on opioid prescribing guidelines

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today released the first module in a new online training series to help clinicians apply its opioid prescribing guidelines for adults with chronic pain. The first module presents an overview of the guidelines. Future modules are expected to address:... read more

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

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

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

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

CDC: Kidney failure from diabetes down 54% among American Indians

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The rate of diabetes-related kidney failure decreased 54% among Native American adults between 1996 and 2013 to match the rate for whites, according to a Vital Signs report released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rates for other racial/ethnic groups also decreased during the... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: population health, prevention

CDC webinar Tuesday on preventing global health care outbreaks

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As part of International Infection Prevention Week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology will host an Oct. 18 webinar on “Preventing the Next Avoidable Catastrophe in Low and Middle Resource Countries.” Speakers will discuss... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: preparedness, prevention

HPOE/The Joint Commission release hospital fall prevention tool

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AHA’s Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence initiative and the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare today released a guide to help hospitals prevent patient falls and associated injuries. The guide describes contributing factors and solutions to prevent falls, identified by the center’s... read more

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

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