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  1. Improving outcomes with evidence-based guidelines at the point-of-care

    For providers transitioning to value-based care models, one of the keys to successfully controlling costs and improving outcomes is eliminating unnecessary clinical variations in care. These inconsistencies not only have the potential to prolong common health problems and delay a patient's return to health, but they can also have a negative impact on the bottom line.  By Joe Guerriero -
  2. Emory Healthcare celebrates American Heart Month with awareness-raising activities

    In honor of February's American Heart Month, Atlanta-based Emory Healthcare is hosting several heart-related activities to help raise awareness surrounding cardiovascular disease.  By Shannon Barnet -
  3. CDC flu update: First pediatric deaths since December, rates edge above national baseline

    The week of Jan. 24 to Jan. 30 saw influenza rates rise, including two flu-associated pediatric deaths, the first reported since December, according to the CDC.  By Max Green -

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  1. US Olympic Committee tells athletes afraid of Zika to forgo 2016 games

    In a late January conference call from U.S. Olympics Committee, officials recommended that athletes and staff concerned about potential exposure to Zika virus should consider skipping the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil in August, according to Reuters.  By Max Green -
  2. AMA, MGMA to host inaugural conference on the patient experience

    From March 20-22, the American Medical Association and the Medical Group Management Association will host the Collaborate in Practice Conference in Colorado Spring, Colo. The inaugural conference will focus on strengthening administrative and physician partnerships to improve patient care.  By Max Green -
  3. NIH researchers identify biomarker of 5 types of cancer

    Researchers from the National Institutes of Health have discovered a biomarker in the DNA of five different types of cancerous tumors, as well as evidence that the genetic signature may be present in other types of cancer.  By Shannon Barnet -
  4. 5 things to know about communication errors, patient safety in general medicine

    Primary care physicians and general medicine practitioners are frequently expected to be "in the loop" regarding all the care their patients are receiving. This is not easy to achieve, and when these physicians fall short, patients can suffer, according to the "Malpractice Risks in Communication Failures: 2015 Annual Benchmarking Report".  By Shannon Barnet -

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  1. Pulsed xenon UV reduces SSIs, saves potentially $500k at community hospital

    A study conducted at a community hospital found implementing nightly pulsed-xenon ultraviolet light disinfection and dedicated personnel for terminal cleaning helped reduce surgical site infections considerably. The initiative may have saved the hospital hundreds of thousands of dollars.  By Shannon Barnet -
  2. Compliance falls shortest on WHO's fifth moment of hand hygiene: 3 study findings

    Of the World Health Organization's Five Moments for Hand Hygiene, compliance tends tend to be lowest on the final step, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control.  By Shannon Barnet -
  3. Steroids may help reduce respiratory complications in late preterm deliveries, study finds

    Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian in New York have found using corticosteroids in women at risk for late preterm delivery reduced the chance of severe respiratory complications in their babies.  By Shannon Barnet -
  4. Obama seeks $1.8B to prevent, combat Zika virus

    President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to help the U.S. respond to and combat the growing Zika virus crisis. By Heather Punke -
  1. Top 10 infection control stories, February 1-5

    News surrounding the Zika virus epidemic, Swedish Medical Center patients being at risk for bloodborne illnesses and a CDC advisory on severe flu cases captured the attention of infection control and clinical quality readers last week. By Heather Punke -
  2. Hospitals phasing out routine use of nurseries: 4 things to know

    The conventional hospital nursery, where infants can be seen sleeping in front of a picture window, has long been a part of maternity wards across the nation. But facilities in Boston and other cities are shifting away from such nurseries, according to a report from The Boston Globe.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Fourth UPMC patient with mold infection dies after outbreak

    Che DuVall, who contracted a fungal infection after undergoing a double lung transplant at Pittsburgh-based UPMC Presbyterian, died Saturday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. By Heather Punke -
  4. 17 clinical research findings to know this week

    Here are 17 articles on medical research study findings from the week of Feb. 1.  By Shannon Barnet -
  5. Three interventions proven to reduce adverse drug events

    Intermountain Healthcare was recently recognized by the Patient Safety Movement Foundation for its success in reducing adverse drug events, having cut them by 10 percent in 2014. Our approach combines technology – applied, updated, and adapted to this task – with vigilant monitoring and strict compliance.  By Robin Betts, MBA-HM, RN -
  6. After Super Bowl Sunday, physicians in Denver and Charlotte expect a flu surge — here's why

    While Aurora, Colo.-based UC Health has been diagnosing fictitious "Broncos fever" leading up to the team's appearance in the Super Bowl, healthcare providers in Denver and Charlotte, N.C., may want to be on the lookout for a very real illness: The flu.  By Heather Punke -
  7. Care at Indian Health Service facilities is 'horrifying,' senator says during hearing

    The care provided at Indian Health Service facilities is under fire in the Senate as the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held a hearing on the federal agency Wednesday. By Heather Punke -
  8. KU Hospital campus stops taking patients after possible norovirus outbreak

    University of Kansas Hospital – Marillac Campus, a psychiatric hospital in Overland Park, stopped admitting new patients after 18 patients and staff members fell ill with suspected norovirus.  By Heather Punke -
  9. University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics alerts 1,500 patients to bacterial infection risk

    The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has sent infection risk letters to roughly 1,500 patients after one patient was diagnosed with a potentially deadly bacterial infection linked to a surgical heating-cooling machine used at the hospital.  By Shannon Barnet -


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