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Tips Help Healthcare Workers Stay Healthy in Bariatric Patient Care

Denver—America is getting heavier, and as the population grows and ages, healthcare facilities and their staffs must be able to accommodate heavier patients – and a heavier workforce. Lockton recommends a series of steps to help healthcare workers who serve bariatric patients stay healthy and improve the care they provide.

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Nestlé Health Science Launches Next Generation Enteral Safety Technology

Florham Park, New Jersey—Nestlé Health Science unveiled its pediatric closed system formulas with the new SpikeRight® PLUS port at the annual American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition’s (A.S.P.E.N.) Clinical Nutrition Week meeting held in Orlando in January. The introduction marks a significant step in supporting the provision of safe enteral (tube) feeding.

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Isabel Healthcare and BMJ Group Introduce "Isabel with Best Practice"

Ann Arbor, Michigan and London—Isabel Healthcare and BMJ Group recently introduced Isabel with Best Practice, a powerful diagnosis and treatment decision aid that combines the strengths of both companies' existing systems to help clinicians diagnose and treat faster and more accurately at the point of care.

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Upper Chesapeake Health Selects Forerun FlexChart Physician Charting Software for EDs

Waltham, Massachusetts—Forerun, Inc., an innovator in electronic charting solutions for the emergency department (ED), announced that Upper Chesapeake Health (UCH), an affiliate of the University of Maryland Medical System, has chosen Forerun's FlexChart™ advanced physician documentation software for the EDs of Upper Chesapeake Medical Center and Harford Memorial Hospital. UCH is a not-for-profit, two-hospital system that delivers a broad range of services, technology and facilities to patients throughout a tri-county area in Maryland.

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Companies Join Forces to Accelerate Connected Health Innovation and Adoption

New York and San Francisco—Health Evolution Partners and Verizon Enterprise Solutions have established a strategic relationship to encourage innovation and adoption of connected health information technologies that help drive patient care improvements and better manage costs.

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McKesson Acquires peerVue, A Leader in Radiology Workflow Solutions

Atlanta and Sarasota, Florida—McKesson announced that it has acquired peerVue Inc., an innovative provider of solutions that simplify diagnostic medical imaging workflow, expedite communications for improved quality and efficiency, and support customer efforts to improve patient safety.

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California Hospital Patient Safety Organization Selects ECRI Institute PSO for Patient Safety Services

Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania—ECRI Institute Patient Safety Organization announces an agreement to provide patient safety services to the California Hospital Patient Safety Organization (CHPSO). ECRI Institute PSO will support CHPSO with a patient safety data collection and reporting system and by analyzing adverse events and other information from participating hospitals and health systems.

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ANA Awards 6 Hospitals for Outstanding Nursing Quality

Silver Spring, Maryland—Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital decreased its rates of patient falls by 33 percent and pressure ulcers acquired by patients during a hospital stay by 60 percent over three years.

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HRET Selects Maureen Bisognano as 2012 TRUST Award Recipient

Chicago—The Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), an affiliate of the American Hospital Association (AHA), selected Maureen Bisognano, president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), as the recipient of the 2012 TRUST Award.

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2012 AHA Health Care System Transformation Fellowship

Chicago—Sixteen senior executives have been selected to participate in the second class of the American Hospital Association (AHA) Health Care System Transformation Fellowship. The Fellowship is an intensive six-month program that provides participants with a road map of how to design and plan for new care delivery and payment models, such as medical homes, bundled payments and clinical integration programs.

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AORN Releases Implementation Guide for Prevention of RSIs

Denver—The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) has published an Implementation Guide for the Recommended practices for prevention of retained surgical items (RSIs).

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National Quality Forum Endorses Two American College of Surgeons NSQIP Measures

Chicago—Two outcomes-based measures from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) were recently endorsed by the National Quality Forum (NQF). The two measures, surgical site infection (SSI) and urinary tract infection (UTI), were developed by ACS in partnership with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), as possible national outcomes measures that could be adopted by the governmental body as early as 2015.

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Cardinal Health Awarded AORN Seal of Recognition for Education Quality

Denver, Colorado—The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) has awarded the AORN Seal of Recognition™ to education materials developed by Cardinal Health.

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AHRQ Announces Free TeamSTEPPS Training Opportunities

AHRQ announces free training opportunities for TeamSTEPPS (Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety), a set of evidence-based, practical tools that helps hospitals and other health care providers strengthen teamwork among caregivers with the goal of improving patient safety. AHRQ and the Department of Defense designed the TeamSTEPPS program specifically for health care providers for use in a variety of care settings.

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New Organization Offers Patient Safety Certification

The Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPPS) has announced the official launch date for the highly-anticipated Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) exam. This credentialing process is designed to establish patient safety competency standards and elevate the professional stature of healthcare professionals who meet knowledge requirements in safety science, human factors engineering, and the practice of safe care.

In recognition of the advancement of patient safety as an acknowledged and critical discipline across the care continuum,  testing for the CPPS credential will be made available as Patient Safety Awareness Week kicks off globally on March 5, 2012.

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ABQAURP American Society for Quality American Society for Quality Healthcare Division Consumers Advancing Patient Safety
EMPSF Institute for Safe Medical Practices
Medically Induced Trauma Support Services (MITSS) Medication Safety Officers Society NPSF Partnership for Patient Safety Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine