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U.S. News & World Reports to Increase Role of Patient Safety in Hospital Rankings

U.S. News & World Reports will increase the importance of patient safety in the methodology it uses to score hospitals for the publication’s annual Best Hospitals list. At the same time, the weight given to “reputation” in the scoring will decrease.

Joint Commission Alerts Organizations to Tubing Misconnection Risks

The Joint Commission has issued a new Sentinel Event Alert that addresses the risks of accidental medical tubing misconnections that can cause severe patient injury or death. 

TeamSTEPPS Web-based Training Opportunities Available

Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS®) is an evidence-based set of teamwork tools, aimed at optimizing patient outcomes by improving communication and teamwork skills among healthcare professionals.

AACR Issues Policy Statement Underscoring Importance of Safe, Accurate, Effective Diagnostic Tests

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) recently issued a policy statement that underscores the importance of safe, accurate, and effective diagnostic tests by recommending that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) begin to actively exert its authority to regulate high-risk laboratory developed tests (LDTs) that are being utilized by physicians to make treatment decisions, including the tailoring of an individual’s cancer treatment regimen.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Reduces Alarm Fatigue, Increases Caregiver Compliance

The sound of monitor alarms in hospitals can save patients’ lives, but the frequency with which the monitors go off can also lead to “alarm fatigue,” in which caregivers become desensitized to the ubiquitous beeping.

IMPACT Legislation Improves PAC Quality

The National Quality Forum (NQF) commends the Congress for passing the “Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014,” or IMPACT Act.

FDA Issues Proposed Rule to Determine Safety and Effectiveness of Antibacterial Soaps

 

 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a proposed rule to require manufacturers of antibacterial hand soaps and body washes to demonstrate that their products are safe for long-term daily use and more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections. Under the proposal, if companies do not demonstrate such safety and effectiveness, these products would need to be reformulated or relabeled to remain on the market.

EMR Interoperability Delayed by Lack of Inter-Vendor Cooperation

Less than half of healthcare providers say their electronic medical records (EMR) vendor cooperates well with other vendors.

New Toolkits Ease the Transition from Pediatric to Adult Healthcare


For young adults who have been diagnosed with a chronic condition like Type 1 diabetes or growth hormone deficiency, health concerns can add a degree of difficulty to transitions like leaving for college or living alone for the first time.

 The new Transitions of Care initiative spearheaded by the Endocrine Society provides interactive toolkits to help young adults who have hormone conditions navigate the shift from a pediatric to an adult healthcare team.

Joint Commission Educates Hospital Leaders on Integrated Patient-centered Systems

The Joint Commission announces publication of the new “Patient Safety Systems” chapter in the 2015 Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Hospitals. The purpose of the chapter is to inform and educate hospital leaders about the importance and structure of an integrated patient-centered system that aims to improve quality of care and patient safety.

90% of States Get Failing Grade for Making Consumer Information on Physician Quality Available

To shed light on the availability of information for consumers on the quality of their doctors, a new scorecard finds the vast majority of states get a failing grade – D or F. Developed by the non-profit Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute (HCI3), the State Report Card on Transparency of Physician Quality Information found that only two states received an A Minnesota and Washington – and one state, California, got a C.

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