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The training resource is the first in a series of eight learning modules to be released this year on the CDC opioid prescribing guidelines.

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The Phillips HeartStart MRx Monitor/Defibrillator might not power up, charge, or deliver electrical shock therapy, and could unexpectedly stop pacing.

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Electronic health record information management is the top patient safety concern of 2017, according to a report released by the ECRI Institute on March 13.

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In addition to the merger, the organizations announced the release of a public health framework to guide patient safety efforts.

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) encourages infection preventionists and other interested staff to participate in its National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) training course, which runs March 20-24 at CDC's Global Communications Center in Atlanta.

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CDC recommends hospitals clean rooms of patients with Candida auris daily and post-discharge with a disinfectant that is effective against C. diff.

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The course runs March 20–24 in Atlanta and includes expert content on different infection or event types, as well as antibiotic stewardship.

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Crew resource management, which focuses on situations prone to negative outcomes by human error, helped the Columbus, Ohio, essential hospital improve performance and generate savings.

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The new resources — including a mobile app, series of short videos, posters and more — are meant to help providers follow guidelines issued in March 2016.

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The data show about 125,000 fewer patients died because of hospital-acquired conditions from 2010 to 2015, resulting in a savings of $28 billion.

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CMS on Dec. 19 refreshed its Hospital Compare site, including data on the Ambulatory Surgical Center Program, Hospital Readmission Reduction Program & more.

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Attendees learned how to secure buy-in from leadership, evaluate implementation approaches, track progress, measure impact, and sustain quality and safety excellence.

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The annual event encourages relevant stakeholders and the general public to engage in antibiotic stewardship in outpatient and inpatient settings.

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CMS has awarded $347 million to the 16 organizations — including Premier Inc. — to support the next phase of a patient safety initiative.

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The study found that treatment with high-risk antibiotics made sepsis 80 percent more likely compared with patients who were not treated with antibiotics.

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Hospitals will have the opportunity to discuss the potential contamination of heater-cooler devices used during cardiopulmonary bypass procedures.

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The FDA says the recalled electrodes might not connect properly to certain AEDs, delaying electrical therapy and potentially resulting in serious patient harm.

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The targets aim to significantly reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections, MRSA, Clostridium difficile cases, and other infections by 2020.

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Each year, APIC sponsors International Infection Prevention Week to highlight the importance of infection prevention in improving patient safety.

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Stӧckert 3T heater-cooler devices used during cardiopulmonary bypass procedures might have been contaminated with M. Chimaera in the manufacturing process.

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An archived recording of an Oct. 11 hospital quality call with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration is now available for members of America's Essential Hospitals.

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If left unchecked, antibiotic-resistant infections will kill 10 million people a year and cost the worldwide economy $100 trillion by 2050.

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The recommendations, developed by the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee, aim to optimize treatment and minimize adverse consequences.

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The guidance outlines nine steps hospitals should take, focusing on identifying symptoms, educating patients, and reporting Zika cases to health agencies.

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In a Vital Signs report ahead of Sepsis Awareness Month, in September, CDC highlights resources and events aimed at reducing sepsis.

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FDA said hospitals by now should have transitioned to alternative duodenoscope cleaning methods after a recall last year.

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The voluntary recall now applies to all of PharmaTech’s liquid products, including those labeled by Bayshore, Centurion, Major, Metron, Rugby, and Virtus.

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Funding will support work related to CDC Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative, National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.

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Florida-based PharmaTech issued the voluntary recall of liquid docusate sodium that could be contaminated with B. cepacia, an antibiotic-resistant bacteria linked to an outbreak in five states.

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Agency will use measure to calculate the proportion of adult patients with active, concurrent prescriptions for opioids or for an opioid and benzodiazepine at discharge.

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The funding was distributed as part of the Prevention Epicenters Program to develop and test new approaches to patient safety and infection prevention.

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Fighting Chance — co-created by staff at Temple University Hospital — is a program designed to educate residents of gun violence-prone communities on saving lives.

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CDC has received multiple reports of Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia) infection clusters in pediatric intensive care units.

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The HAC reports might have contained the incorrect hospital name in one table. CMS will distribute new reports to affected hospitals.

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CDC's June Vital Signs finds that the number of U.S. residents with Legionnaires' disease and Pontiac fever increased 286 percent from 2000 to 2014.

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New hospital resource offers examples of ways to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria and outlines CDC's core elements of stewardship programs.

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The CDC has launched a registry to track pregnancy and infant outcomes of women who were possibly infected with Zika virus.

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To prevent transmission of the virus, workers should use proper infection control and biosafety practices to avoid direct contact with blood-borne pathogens.

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To prevent spread, agency recommends personal protective equipment (PPE) for labor and delivery personnel and delays in conception, sexual activity for those with symptoms.

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The new recommendations are based on principles that promote alternative therapies and minimum effective opioid dosage.

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Guide gives providers best practices in fight against central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI), one of the most deadly health care-associated infections annually in the United States.

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The CDC has organized two events for Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 13-19, and is releasing new patient safety–focused materials on its website.

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New instructions are validated by the FDA to ensure they meet proper guidelines to avoid transmission of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

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Opioid abuse has become a widespread and urgent public health concern in the United States, and essential hospitals are taking steps to prevent misuse and promote better prescription drug management.

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Agency says blood donors should self-defer if they show symptoms, have traveled to Zika-infected regions, or have had sexual contact with someone from an infected region.

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CDC recommends screening pregnant women returning from high-infection areas if they show symptoms of virus or have related fetal complications.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a health advisory for the growing number of hemodialysis patients who are acquiring hepatitis C virus (HCV).

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World Health Organization declares end of epidemic in West Africa, but says to expect small flare-ups due to persistence of virus after patient recovery.

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No-fee course, Feb. 29 to March 4 in Atlanta, to focus on January 2016 updates to the NHSN patient safety component manual.

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Educational surveys to help CMS determine best ways to assess infection control regulations for hospitals, nursing homes, and care transitions. Surveys to begin in FY 2016 for nursing homes and in FY 2017 for hospitals.

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New journal article notes challenges remain since IOM published report, but also points out progress, including reducing CLABSI rates nationwide.

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The guidance, open for a 30-day public comment period, will give providers more clarity on the appropriate use of opioid prescriptions outside of cancer and palliative care; comments are due Jan. 13.

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Hospital performance data for FY 2016 available on Hospital Compare; hospitals in bottom quartile face 1 percent Medicare payment cut.

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CDC report outlines the need for monitoring of CRE and related antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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Site for hospitals and other health care facilities reflects violent incident rate four times higher than other sectors

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Hospitals must establish and implement policies and procedures for managing alarms starting Jan. 1, 2016.

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Benefits of coated, intravascular devices outweigh risks, but hospitals and other providers should remain vigilant and report adverse events, agency says

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Obama administration proposal would add drug utilization review and restriction program to Medicare to fight opioid overuse.

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Resource helps hospitals apply concepts from the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections and create a culture of safety at the unit level.

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Week-long annual event will engage stakeholders in discussion and education about antibiotic stewardship in inpatient, outpatient, and animal health settings.

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FDA cites violations of federal law that could result in an increased risk of infection transmission by company's equipment.

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New report from ECRI Institute also lists failure to respond to clinical alarms, unsafe injection practices, and insufficient training among top hazards.

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Report on National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care details progress made toward better care, lower costs, and improved health.

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New AHRQ report finds patients experienced 1.3 million fewer hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) from 2010 through 2013, saving a projected 50,000 lives.

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Initiative seeks to strengthen healthcare-associated venous thromboembolism (VTE) prevention, raise awareness of successful strategies, and recognize investment in VTE prevention.

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Tool gives physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals access to geographic comparisons of opioid prescribing habits and use.

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Hospitals should assess units to ensure they are safe and properly maintained and not contaminated with non-tuberculosis mycobacterium

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International Infection Prevention Week, Oct. 18-24, raises awareness of patient and family engagement, hand hygiene in infection prevention and patient safety

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Agencies say anecdotal reports of intentional nonreporting of infection data have prompted them to emphasize the importance of accurate reporting

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CDC and FDA remove language that requires health care facilities to verify that vendors involved in servicing these devices are certified by the manufacturer

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Reports previously excluded the first six months of 2014 SSI data, possibly impacting payment adjustment and quality measure results

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The CDC and FDA issued a health advisory alerting providers and facilities to properly maintain, clean, disinfect, and sterilize reusable medical devices

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We're making progress in the fight against sepsis - and essential hospitals are doing their part - but we still have much work left to do.

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CMS proposes to risk adjust stroke mortality measures for stroke severity - a positive step - but measures should also account for SDS

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Event, open to all providers, will focus on coordinating efforts in the fight against the increasing number of potentially life-threatening germs that resist drugs created to treat them.

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Extension to Aug. 28 applies only to quality reporting on health care-associated infections (HAIs), not clinical data submissions through QualityNet.

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Vital Signs recommends collaboration between public health departments and health care facilities to stop antibiotic resistance

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Webinar on reducing sepsis through early detection, patient and family engagement, and evidence-based management

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HLQAT helps hospitals figure out how aligned senior executives and clinical managers are on factors correlated with high quality care

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Process improvement methodology led to a 40 percent reduction in patient falls at Broward Health Imperial Point after just one year.

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The ASPR TRACIE features online resources, one-on-one technical support, and promising practices

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Interactive tool uses health literacy principles and multimodal, team-based approach to prevent opioid-related adverse drug events

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Effort, spearheaded by Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, virtually eliminated early term deliveries with patient, physician engagement

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Inpatient rehabilitation and long-term acute care facilities must submit data to the NHSN on select infections and influenza vaccinations

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The CDC has added a tool to the NHSN that will rank hospital facilities and units by HAI rate

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The first of four installments in the Patient Experience (HCAHPS) Forum

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Findings suggest variation among four national hospital ratings systems decreases value to consumers and providers

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Cleveland's MetroHealth System and Henry Ford Health System in Detroit share their experiences dealing with the 2013-2014 Polar Vortex

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At Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, older staff are teaching younger docs with no measles experience how to recognize symptoms

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Amid troubling reports, essential hospitals work diligently to improve patient safety and reduce medical errors - and succeed

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released its annual National and State Healthcare-Associated Infections Progress Report, which found that acute care hospitals have made progress in eliminating health care-associated infections (HAIs) – though more work remains. The CDC lists the Partnership for Patients (PfP), which includes the association’s Essential Hospitals Engagement Network

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UK Healthcare adopted a centralized approach to attacking adverse events in patient care

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Jacobi Medical Center implements multiple proven solutions and systemwide communication to reduce CAUTIs

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BMC's 15-step, replicable plan reduced noise levels and increased satisfaction

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Playbook provides best practices for eliminating EEDs and strategies for overcoming barriers

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The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center developed a simple, replicable tool to help prevent fall injuries.

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MetroHealth's team-based Wash-In, Wash-Out program boosts hand hygiene compliance among staff

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A BMC pilot program reduced audible alarms and improved patient safety

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The commitment and work by America’s Essential Hospitals and its members to improve equity is nothing new. Last week, the Essential Hospitals Engagement Network (EHEN) hosted its third webinar as part of its Health Equity Series. The webinar featured Dr. Alexander Green, who spoke on using TeamSTEPPS communication training to improve patient safety for patients with limited

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Is there an optimal time to release a patient from the ICU?

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Local hospitals organized their staffs and emergency departments into high-capacity treatment centers

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An electronic medical record–based model helped Parkland reduce readmissions and costs

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Denver Health’s AIM project helps victims of violence overcome trauma and lead less risky lives

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As part of the Essential Hospitals Engagement Network (EHEN), the UT Health Northeast is working to reduce eight hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and preventable readmissions by 20 percent by the end of 2014. Recognizing that resident physician buy-in is critical to the project’s success, UT Health Northeast launched an initiative that aims to directly integrate

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About America’s Essential Hospitals

America’s Essential Hospitals is the leading association and champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. Since 1981, America’s Essential Hospitals has initiated, advanced, and preserved programs and policies that help these hospitals ensure access to care. We support members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education.