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Report: Medication Errors Led to Patient Death at Boston Children’s Hospital

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 18:56
Boston Children’s Hospital was threatened with termination from Medicare last year after three patients suffered from serious medication errors. An inspection report revealed that one of the patients waited 14 hours for an antibiotic and later died, while two others suffered overdoses of a powerful anesthetic, according to the Boston Globe. The errors took place between January [...]

AORN Expects to Revise its Guideline for OR Headwear

Sat, 06/02/2018 - 18:54
After participating with other healthcare heavy-hitters in February in a task force that met to discuss recommendations for OR attire, specifically ear and hair covering, The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) expects to make changes to its Guideline for Surgical Attire. Lisa Spruce, DNP, RN, CNS-CP, CNOR, ACNS, ACNP, FAAN, AORN’s director of evidence-based perioperative practice, [...]

National Guidelines, Quality Measures Clearinghouses Shutting Down

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 18:52
If you or anyone at your hospital use the National Guidelines Clearinghouse or National Quality Measures Clearinghouse operated under the auspices of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), download the information you need soon. Both online clearinghouses will go dark after July 16 as federal funding runs out. Neither site is accepting new guidelines [...]

Study Questions Effectiveness of Performance Measures

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 18:51
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine asserts that the U.S. healthcare system does a poor job of measuring quality. The study’s researchers led by lead author Catherine McLean, MD, PHD, chief value medical officer, Hospital for Special Surgery, recommend that organizations should stop using performance measures until they can be assessed and revised. The study notes [...]

CMS’ severe sepsis bundle ISN’T a Joint Commission requirement

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 18:54
The April 17 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine (AIM) incorrectly stated The Joint Commission was considering creating a requirement for hospitals to implement CMS’ Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock Early Management Bundle (SEP-1) to receive accreditation. This information is incorrect and AIM has published a correction.

Study: Improvement in Errors, Accidents, Infections

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 01:40
The Leapfrog Group this week released its spring 2018 Hospital Safety Grades, which found that hospitals have stepped up their game when it comes to reducing avoidable deaths from errors and infections. Leapfrog issues the report cards twice a year, grading hospitals on an “A through F” scale based on their patient safety efforts. “The national [...]

Patient Safety Strategies: Building a Fall Prevention Toolkit

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 02:49
When: May 30, 1-4 p.m. EST Speakers: Virginia Hall, DNP, MSN/Ed. RN, CNE Carole Eldridge, DNP, RN, CNE, NEA-BC Registration: Patient falls are a fixture in The Joint Commission’s list of top 10 sentinel events; in fact, they were the third highest sentinel event reported to the accreditor in 2016. Causes of falls can include inadequate assessments, side effects from medications [...]

Seeking comment on suicide prevention book

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 02:48
Hello, I’m working on new HCPro Book, a guide on suicide prevention and ligature risks in hospitals. It’ll have updated best practices, checklists, tools, the new CMS ligature requirements, and case studies. Before I can get it approved I need to get feedback on what people think of the idea. If you have a minute, I’d like [...]

Joint Commission Urges Hospitals to Protect Workers from Abuse

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 19:21
This story originally ran on HCPro’s OSHA Healthcare Advisor. The Joint Commission is the latest healthcare heavy-hitter to call for better protection of healthcare workers, announcing on Tuesday the creation of Sentinel Event Alert 59, which addresses violence—physical and verbal—against healthcare workers. About 75% of workplace assaults occur in healthcare and social service sector each year, and violence-related [...]

HFAP to keep name going forward

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 23:21
HFAP will be keeping its name. The accreditor had originally planned to take the name of the Accreditation Association for Hospitals/Health Systems (AAHHS), which acquired them in 2015 from the American Osteopathic Association (AOA.) AAHHS is a non-profit organization focused on quality and safety in healthcare and has been acting in a management capacity for existing HFAP accreditation [...]

Study: Link between infection control and antibiotic stewardship

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 19:59
Healthcare facilities must ensure that infection prevention and control (IPC) and antibiotic stewardship (AS) programs work together, according to a joint position paper released last week by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), and the Society of Infectious Disease Pharmacists (SIDP). An update to [...]

CDC Warns of New Wave of Antibiotic-Resistant Germs in U.S.

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 23:28
A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vital Signs report released this week said health departments found more than 220 cases of germs with “unusual antibiotic resistance genes” in the United States last year. These germs include those that cannot be killed by all or most antibiotics, are not common to a geographic area or [...]

Avoid Eyewash-Related Regulatory Compliance Issues

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 23:20
Eyewash stations continue to confuse and confound healthcare organizations (HCO). Not only can they pose infection control and safety issues for workers, they can be a point of contention between HCOs and surveyors, who often seem to work by different sets of rules. During this 90-minute webinar on May 31, former hospital administrator and accreditation expert [...]

The Joint Commission: Comments open on proposed suicide risk NPSG through May 7

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 18:00
Wishing you could weigh in on The Joint Commission’s expectations about suicide risk? You have your chance. Through May 7, The Joint Commission is accepting comment on proposed revisions to National Patient Safety Goal 15 on reducing the risk of patient self-harm. The Joint Commission published the revisions on its Standards Field Reviews web page on [...]

Healthcare and Law Enforcement: Working Together Instead of Against Each Other

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 23:05
A working relationship with law enforcement is key to the safety, efficacy, and well-being of everyone in the hospital. That said, hospitals and law enforcement have different goals, and while the two usually work well together, they can find themselves at odds. During this 90-minute webinar on May 22, industry expert Lisa Terry, CHPA, CPP, will [...]

Lawmakers want more AO oversight

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 22:58
In a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, the committee is asking for what could be reams of information from the agency about patient harm and incidents of misconduct at acute care hospitals. The committee has also asked for similar information from each of the four hospital accrediting organizations (AOs). The committee was particularly concerned about information in [...]

3 Ways to Knock C. diff Rates Down to Zero

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 20:39
For Necia Kimber, RN, CIC, MHA, infection control practitioner at Stillwater (Oklahoma) Medical Center, “one infection is too many.” Fortunately, when it comes to C. diff, Kimber has infection rates at the healthcare organization at just the right number: zero. Thanks to a multifaceted approach, the 177-bed hospital with average daily census of 60 patients, has not seen [...]

Joint Commission releases 2017 sentinel event stats

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 20:38
Unintended retention of a foreign body, patient falls, and wrong-site surgery top The Joint Commission’s full list of reported sentinel events for 2017. Every year, The Joint Commission complies a list of all the sentinel events that hospitals reported to them. Since the list only comes from self-reported data, it tends to underrepresent the real frequency of [...]

CMS Cites Baltimore Hospital for Abandoning Patient in January

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 19:45
A Baltimore hospital was cited by CMS in a report released this week for its actions in removing a mentally ill patient from its emergency room (ER) and leaving her at a bus stop wearing just a hospital gown. The Washington Post reports that the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) was cited for failing [...]

Webinar: How Vanderbilt University Medical Center Established a Hand Hygiene Program

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 21:22
Presented on: March 22, 2018, 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST Presented by: Thomas R. Talbot, MD, MPH Level of Program: Intermediate Registration: Summary: Hand hygiene is the top way to prevent the spread of healthcare-associated infections. It has also become a major focus of Joint Commission and CMS surveyors, so hospitals need to ensure their healthcare workers are complying with hand washing guidelines. During this 90-minute [...]