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With 153 clinical C. auris cases reported in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued updated infection control guidelines.

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This video shares strategies to improve injection safety and reduce infection risks in narcotic diversion; participants must sign up for a free Medscape account to view the video.

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The unexpired products by Bella Pharmaceuticals were distributed to health care facilities across the country from April 17 to Aug. 10; if not sterile, they could cause potentially life-threatening infections.

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The voluntary recall has been expanded to include various dietary supplements, such as liquid vitamin D drops and liquid multivitamins marketed for infants and children.

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Health professionals are encouraged to join social media campaigns, attend informational calls and webinars, and review a new fact sheet on Candida auris.

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The funding will support state and local health departments in testing for drug-resistant fungi and promote the use of whole genome sequencing in testing.

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The stool softeners could be contaminated with B. cepacia, a bacteria that could infect patients with compromised immune systems or chronic lung conditions.

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The voluntary recall was issued after a customer reported particulate matter in a container of the product, which later was identified as stainless steel.

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The report outlines programs implemented by hospitals and public health departments across the country to improve antibiotic prescribing practices as part of the agency's Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative.

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Fujifilm will contact all customers by October for replacement parts and loan customers duodenoscopes to use during the replacement period.

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The project seeks to reduce harms caused by inappropriate antibiotic use; registration is open for a one-hour introductory webinar about the project.

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Despite reductions in opioid prescribing, the amount of opioids prescribed in 2015 still was triple the amount prescribed in 1999.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show incidence of Clostridium difficile in hospitals and nursing homes fell for the first time in decades.

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The video is the third in a series by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about challenges to preventing health care-associated infections.

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The list includes reusable medical devices with the greatest risk of transmitting an infection or performing poorly if not properly reprocessed.

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The Vital Signs report notes ways to prevent the bacterial lung infection, which is fatal in 25 percent of people who contract it at a health care facility.

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This year, 77 U.S. cases of Candida auris have been reported; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is assisting health agencies in affected areas.

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Magellan Diagnostics' LeadCare Analyzers could produce inaccurate blood lead test results when used with venous blood samples.

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The new guidance updates recommendations issued in 1999; recommendations are categorized based on the quality of available supporting evidence.

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Hospitals have until May 5 to review overall Hospital Compare star rating and until May 10 to review value-based purchasing hospital-specific reports.

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

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The proposed revisions would update requirements on patient safety and quality improvement, physician well-being, team-based care & resident work hours.

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

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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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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, which aims to develop and test new approaches to patient safety and infection prevention.

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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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The new provisions include updated sprinkler requirements and increased flexibility to allow for facility modernization. Hospitals and other health care facilities must comply with the regulations by July 3.

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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. CDC also released fact sheets and other resources.

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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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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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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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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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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. Patients who may have been exposed to NTM should monitor signs of potential infection for several years.

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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 through strict adherence to NHSN definitions.

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CDC and FDA remove language from guidelines that requires health care facilities to verify that vendors involved in maintaining, cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilizing reusable medical devices are certified by the manufacturer.

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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. Noncompliance creates a gap in patient safety.

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

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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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The CDC has added a tool to the NHSN that will rank hospital facilities and units by HAI rate so staff can see areas most in need of help.

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Announcement follows recent "superbug" outbreaks at two Los Angeles hospitals that occurred without identified lapses of infection control

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Growing evidence shows that engaging patients and their families in care produces safer patient care and better outcomes

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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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Preliminary estimates show that hospital patients experienced 1.3 million fewer hospital-acquired conditions from 2010 to 2013.

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Members took an in-depth look at UHC's quality and accountability study to see how association members compare to nonmembers

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

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Using a diligent campaign of education, communication, and process changes aimed at reducing hospital-acquired infections, Maricopa Integrated Health System improved patient safety, reduced the incidence of infection, and shortened patients’ length of stay.

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Numerous essential hospitals were named to Hospitals & Health Networks magazine's list of 2014 most wired hospitals

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Recent articles from Health Affairs, the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, the Journal for Healthcare Quality, and The New England Journal of Medicine explore efforts to reduce readmissions and infection rates, improve patient safety, and more.

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Journal articles from the March and April editions of the New England Journal of Medicine explore issues including the usefulness of surgical safety checklists, the importance of promoting financial stewardship, and the impact of Medicaid cost sharing.

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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.