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

'Take Back Day' can help patients safely dispose of unused prescription drugs

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Oct. 28 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which aims to help the public safely dispose of unwanted or expired prescription pills at sites throughout the country. Since 2010, the Drug Enforcement Administration event has collected more than 8.1 million pounds of pills, including opioid and other... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: safety

Take action to fight the flu

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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

Continuously improving care

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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

Talk about patient safety

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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.

This... read more

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

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

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

Continuing the Patient Safety Journey

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As the new president and CEO of AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), I am thrilled that HRET has been selected as one of 16 national, regional or state hospital associations, Quality Improvement Organizations and health system organizations to continue efforts in reducing preventable... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, QIO, quality, Partnership for Patients, patient safety, readmissions, safety, HENs

Honoring Quality Care at the State Level

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Today, the American Hospital Association announced the Maryland Hospital Association as the recipient of the 2016 Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award for Allied Association Leadership for its work to improve health care quality. The Ohio Hospital Association and Kansas Hospital Association were selected... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, quality, patient safety, safety, awards

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