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

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

'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

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

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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 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

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