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  1. Standard use catheter may be linked to CAUTIs: 6 things to know

    Catheter-associated urinary tract infections are the most common hospital-acquired infection, the results of a national survey reflect that the commonly-used Foley catheter may be to blame.  By Max Green -
  2. Why do hospital checklists fail?

    Although initial trials involving the implementation of hospital checklists seemed to result in lower infection rates, lower mortality rates and fewer post-surgical complications, long-term analyses of the success of such checklists in many hospitals are yielding lackluster results, according to an article from Nature.  By Max Green -
  3. Ethanol locks may help prevent CABSIs in pediatric cancer patients, study finds

    Ethanol locks have the ability to prevent central venous catheter-associated bloodstream infections in pediatric cancer patients, according to the results of a randomized trial published in the European Journal of Cancer.  By Shannon Barnet -

Optimizing the OR for bundled payment

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  1. Nurse accused of scalding newborn at St. Joseph Medical Center

    Parents of a newborn at St. Joseph Medical Center in Houston claim a nurse gave their baby severe second-degree burns, according to a report from KPRC 2 News, a local station.  By Shannon Barnet -
  2. How pressure ulcers impact patient care: 5 key takeaways

    Accounting for roughly $10 billion in annual healthcare spending, pressure ulcers are a vast and growing problem in the United States, according to a recent whitepaper published by Leaf Healthcare, a wireless patient monitoring solutions provider.  By Shannon Barnet -
  3. Hospitalizations, deaths and costs decline in Medicare population: 5 study findings

    The Medicare fee-for-service population experienced a considerable decline in hospitalizations, deaths and costs between 1999 and 2013, according to a new study published in JAMA.  By Shannon Barnet -
  4. 56 hospitals with the lowest heart failure mortality rates

    The following is a list of hospitals with the lowest 30-day mortality rates from heart failure, according to data from CMS.  By Shannon Barnet -

Improving patient experiences through pharmacy

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  1. Consumer Reports rates hospitals on infections: 9 highest, 12 lowest performing hospitals

    Consumer Reports has expanded its hospital ratings to include data on Clostridium difficile and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections and has found that some hospitals significantly outperform their peers when it comes to preventing these —and other — deadly healthcare-associated infections.  By Heather Punke -
  2. Tennessee officials issue public warning over rise in hepatitis C cases

    Following nationwide increases in hepatitis C infection, with the largest increases in the Applachian region, the Tennessee Department of Health has issued an advisory for residents to learn more about the infection and consider testing for it.  By Max Green -
  3. Researchers hint at potential anti-MERS drug

    Although headlines chronicling the recent MERS outbreak in South Korea have a tapered off a bit, researchers are still focused intently on developing a foil for the virus.  By Max Green -
  4. Number of 5-star hospitals increases in CMS' Hospital Compare data update

    CMS updated the data in Hospital Compare earlier this month, and the number of hospitals that received the coveted five-star summary rating based on their patient satisfaction scores has increased. By Heather Punke -
  1. HAC Reduction Program measures should be reconsidered, study authors conclude

    The Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program may not accurately measure quality or fairly penalize hospitals, according to a study published in JAMA. By Heather Punke -
  2. Research reveals drug manufacturers delay reporting patient harm to FDA

    A new study from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and the Stanford (Calif.) Graduate School of Business has revealed that many drug manufacturers delay reporting serious and unexpected adverse medication events to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  By Shannon Barnet -
  3. CMS approves Press Ganey request to administer physician quality reporting system

    Press Ganey has received approval from CMS to administer the 2015-2016 Physician Quality Reporting System Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey.  By Shannon Barnet -
  4. Physicians fail to give new mothers infant care recommendations, report finds

    Though many healthcare practitioner groups have issued recommendations on infant care, a new National Institutes of Health report has revealed that many new mothers do not receive information from physicians on sleep position, breastfeeding, immunization and pacifier use.  By Shannon Barnet -
  5. International infectious disease commission to hold first-ever meeting Wednesday

    A new multinational, independent expert commission that was established to study and create a global health risk framework to counter the threat of epidemic infectious diseases will hold its first public meeting Wednesday in Washington, D.C.  By Shannon Barnet -
  6. 5 things to know about clinical pathways and quality improvement

    Decision support tools that help providers better manage utilization, variations in care and costs — such as clinical pathways — have become increasingly common as the country transitions to a value-based payment model, according to a new paper by Avalere Health.  By Shannon Barnet -
  7. Could a new NBA arena in San Francisco threaten patient safety at a UCSF hospital?

    The city of San Francisco has plans to build a new stadium for the Golden State Warriors in the Mission Bay neighborhood. However, UCSF is concerned about how the new stadium could affect patient access to its UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay. By Heather Punke -
  8. Cyclosporiasis outbreaks tied to cilantro from Mexico: 5 things to know

    Outbreaks of Cyclospora infections have been occurring annually in the U.S. since 2012, and government agencies have recently linked the intestinal disease outbreaks to cilantro imported from Puebla, Mexico. By Heather Punke -
  9. 5 thoughts on governance, quality and safety from the NPSF CEO Dr. Tejal Gandhi

    The Furst Group is conducting a series of interviews with some of the top women in healthcare, the most recent of which was with Tejal Gandhi, MD, the president and CEO of the National Patient Safety Foundation.  By Shannon Barnet -


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