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CDC updates data on HAIs

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on January 5 updated its data on healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) have dropped 50% since 2008. Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) have had consistent year-to-year decreases, especially since those caused by yeast were deleted from the…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 12, 2018
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FDA: Class I recall of Certitude Delivery System

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on January 11 classified the recall by Edwards LifeSciences (Irvine, California) of its Certitude Delivery System as Class I, the most serious. The system is used for delivery of the Edwards SAPIEN 3 transcatheter aortic heart valve. The recall was issued because…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 12, 2018
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CMS announces new voluntary bundled payment model

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on January 9 announced a new voluntary bundled payment model called, “Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced” (BPCI Advanced). Participants in BPCI Advanced will receive payments for performance on 32 (29 inpatient, 3 outpatient) different clinical episodes. The first cohort…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 10, 2018
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Joint Commission: New requirement for maternal status assessment and documentation

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on January 10 announced that three new requirements for maternal status assessment and documentation will become effective July 1, 2018, for accredited hospitals and critical access hospitals that offer obstetric services, specifically labor and delivery. The new requirements were designed to: Document or assess the…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 10, 2018
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Joint Commission, CDC announce new infection prevention guides for outpatient settings

Editor's Note The Joint Commission and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) have been collaborating since late 2015 on a 3-year project titled, “Adaptation & Dissemination of Outpatient Infection Prevention (ADOPT).” The goal of the project is to adapt, enhance, and disseminated current CDC guidance on infection prevention and…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 9, 2018
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FDA Commissioner updates drug shortage efforts in Puerto Rico

Editor's Note Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, on January 4 issued a statement, updating the continued efforts to mitigate the IV saline and amino acids for injection shortages caused by Hurricane Maria. The FDA expects the IV saline shortage to improve in early 2018. Just before…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 9, 2018
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Joint Commission Resources releases two new publications

Editor's Note Joint Commission Resources announced on January 3 the release of two new publications to help organizations comply with requirements for accreditation. “Medical Staff Essentials” breaks down difficult concepts in the Medical Staff (MS) standards. “Root Cause Analysis in Health Care: Tools and Techniques” provides a systematic approach to…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 8, 2018
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FDA: PharMEDium recalls 55 lots of compounded sterile drugs

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration on January 2 announced the recall by PharMEDium Services (Lake Forest, Illinois) of 55 lots (impacting 25,327 units) of compounded sterile drug products because of a lack of sterility assurance. The recalled products were manufactured in PharMEDium’s Memphis location and distributed nationwide to…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 5, 2018
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Joint Commission changes requirements for independent pathologists

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on January 3 announced that it is no longer requiring hospitals, critical access hospitals, or ambulatory care organizations to credential and privilege pathologists who provide diagnostic services through independent reference (contract) laboratories. The Joint Commission says accredited organizations can safely presume that pathologists who work…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 4, 2018
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FDA: AuroMedics recalls Ampicillin and Sulbactam for Injection

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on January 4 announced the recall by AuroMedics Pharma LLC (Windsor, New Jersey) of one lot of Ampicillin and Sulbactam for Injection USP 1.5 g in a single-dose vial. The recall was issued because the lot (Lot AFOI 17001-A, Expiry date December…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 4, 2018
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