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URAC and the Leapfrog Group Announce “Excellence in Hospital Website Transparency Program”

URAC and the Leapfrog Group have partnered to develop the Excellence in Hospital Website Transparency Best Practices Awards and Acknowledgement Program to identify outstanding hospital websites that promote transparency of quality measures in a manner that is useful and user-friendly for consumers. All hospitals that publically report their Leapfrog Hospital Survey results are eligible.

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Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration

In March 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a call for applications for a new initiative designed to increase the nation’s primary care workforce by supporting facilities that train Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). Under this new initiative, CMS will begin making payments from the $200 million of funds available in 2012 to eligible hospitals, helping them offset the costs of clinical training for APRN students.

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NCQA Honors Health Quality Leaders

Nationally-known surgeon, writer and public health researcher Atul Gawande, MD, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Helen Darling, President and CEO of the National Business Group on Health; Patricia Gabow, MD, CEO of Denver Health and Hospital Authority; and Paul Grundy, MD, Global Director of Health Care Transformation at IBM, were honored by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) with Health Quality Awards in Washington, D.C., on March 27.

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UVa Healthcare Worker Safety Center and American Nurses Association Issue Call to Action

In the 10 years since the passage of the federal Needlestick Safety and Protection Act, much progress has been made to reduce the risk of healthcare worker exposure to bloodborne pathogens—yet significant challenges remain. Earlier in March, The International Healthcare Worker Safety Center at the University of Virginia and the American Nurses Association (ANA), along with colleagues across the spectrum of healthcare, agreed on a Consensus Statement and Call to Action to address these issues.

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Quick Response Code-Enabled Patient Safety Education Program Launched

On March 13, Kimberly-Clark announced the launch of the QR (Quick Response) Code Patient Safety Education Program in collaboration with Safe Care Campaign to provide hospitals and healthcare facilities with free patient and caregiver education available instantly at the bedside.

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Ohio Children’s Hospitals Leading National Effort to Improve Hospital Care and Patient Safety

Leaders from 34 children’s hospitals from across the country gathered at Cardinal Health in Columbus, Ohio, on March 15 to launch a national effort to improve quality of care and patient safety in pediatric hospitals.

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Professional Interpreters in ER Need Training More Than Experience

Professional interpreters who received more than 100 hours of training in medical interpreting had nearly two-thirds fewer errors than those with fewer than 100 hours of training and significantly fewer errors with medical consequences than ad hoc interpreters, according to a study published on March 16 in Annals of Emergency Medicine ("Errors of Medical Interpretation and Their Potential Clinical Consequences: A Comparison of Professional vs. Ad Hoc vs. No Interpreters").

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Clinical Alarm Management Environmental Assessment

Through April 27, The Joint Commission is collecting information on current practices relative to clinical alarm management to determine how best to address the related safety issues.

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Consumer Reports: Many Medical Implants Never Tested For Safety, Leaving Patients At Risk

A new investigation by Consumer Reports reveals that while tens of millions of American consumers live with medical devices implanted in their bodies, many of these implants have never been tested for safety and manufacturers are often required to do nothing more than file paperwork and pay a user fee before bringing their products to market.

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2011 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award Recipients Announced

 

Washington, D.C.—The National Quality Forum (NQF) and The Joint Commission announced the 2011 recipients of the annual John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards. The awards will be presented on April 5, 2012 during a luncheon at the 2012 NQF Annual Conference and Membership Meeting in Washington, D.C.

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First Databank Releases Major Innovation to Address Medication Alert Fatigue in HIT Systems

South San Francisco—First Databank (FDB), a leading provider of clinical drug knowledge that improves medication-related decisions and patient outcomes, announced its new alert management solution, FDB AlertSpace™, designed to address alert fatigue in computerized provider order entry (CPOE) systems, has achieved unprecedented industry acceptance among various U.S. hospital institutions.

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Study Shows Nurses Exposed to Risks During Insertion and Removal of Peripheral IV Catheter

Sandy, Utah—About one in two nurses experience blood exposure, other than from a needlestick, on their skin or in their eyes, nose or mouth at least once a month when inserting a peripheral intravenous (IV) catheter, according to a new study by the International Healthcare Worker Safety Center at the University of Virginia.[1] Exposure to blood carries the risk of infection from pathogens such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and MRSA.

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iSirona Debuts DeviceConX 4.0

Panama City, Florida—iSirona®, a provider of simplified solutions for medical device integration, today announced DeviceConX 4.0, iSirona's latest version of its connectivity software. Key components of this latest version include an enterprise architecture and management console, which provide a truly enterprise-level solution for device connectivity management.

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Wolters Kluwer Health Expands Lippincott’s Professional Development Programs’ Offering for Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities

Philadelphia—Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading international healthcare solutions provider and publisher, announced the addition of two new programs, Infection Control and Critical Care, to its Lippincott’s Professional Development Programsproduct suite.

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JCI, SHEA Release “Best Practices in Infection Prevention and Control: An International Perspective, Second Edition”

Oak Brook, Illinois—Teaming up to provide an essential infection prevention and control (IPC) resource for health care organizations around the globe, Joint Commission International (JCI) and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) announce the publication of Best Practices in Infection Prevention and Control: An International Perspective, Second Edition. JCI is a not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission.

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