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Joint Commission seeking comments on anticoagulation NPSG

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced on June 20 that it is seeking comments on proposed changes to the National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) 03.05.01 on reducing harm from anticoagulant therapy. Revised requirements, which will address the use of new direct oral anticoagulant medications, include: drug selection dosing and monitoring…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 22, 2018
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FDA letter updates risks of Type III endoleaks with aortic endovascular graft systems

Editor's Note In a June 19 letter to healthcare providers, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) says it continues to evaluate information from several sources, including manufacturers, on the risks associated with Type III endoleaks with various endovascular graft systems used for treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) and aorto-iliac…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 20, 2018
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FDA issues Safety Alert for compounded drugs containing triamcinolone, moxifloxacin

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on June 14 issued a Safety Alert for compounded drugs containing triamcinolone and moxifloxacin by Guardian Pharmacy Services (Dallas, Texas). At least 43 patients have reported adverse events after receiving eye injections of the compounded triamcinolone and moxifloxacin drug during cataract surgery.…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 18, 2018
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Effects of quality improvement in bariatric surgery patients

Editor's Note This retrospective study of patients undergoing bariatric surgery found that hospitals with the largest reductions in serious postoperative complications had the greatest decrease in Medicare payments. Researchers ranked 562 hospitals (37,329 patients) into quintiles. The top 20% of hospitals had a decrease in average serious complication rate of…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 18, 2018
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CMS delays release of Hospital Quality Star Ratings

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on June 12 that it would postpone the planned July update to its overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings. CMS says the delay will allow time for more analysis of the effects of changes made to some of the measures…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 18, 2018
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American Heart Association, Joint Commission collaborating on cardiovascular certification programs

Editor's Note The American Heart Association (AHA) and Joint Commission are partnering to enhance cardiovascular patient care through a range of disease-specific hospital certification programs, the AHA announced on June 11. Both organizations are expanding their 15-year relationship in stroke certification to in-hospital cardiovascular patient care. The expansion will consolidate…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 14, 2018
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Joint Commission implementing survey improvements on assessing safety culture

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on June 13 announced that starting this month it will be implementing survey process improvements for how it assesses safety culture in hospitals and critical access hospitals. Improvements will be implemented for all other programs by October. Among the process improvement expectations: An organization will…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 14, 2018
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San Diego hospital in ‘Immediate Jeopardy’ for dirty surgical equipment

Editor's Note After a routine survey, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) declared “Immediate Jeopardy” at UC San Diego’s Hillcrest campus because of cleaning issues with its surgical equipment, the June 8 10News reports. A CDPH report says that deficiencies found included: trays of surgical equipment with brown stains…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 12, 2018
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CDC issues hepatitis A alert

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on June 11 issued a Health Advisory on investigations of hepatitis A outbreaks in multiple states in people reporting drug use and/or homelessness and their contacts. From January 2017 to April 2018, the CDC has received more than 2,500 reports…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 12, 2018
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FDA: Hospira recalls two lots of Naloxone Hydrochloride Injection

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration on June 4 announced the recall by Hospira, Inc, of two lots of its opioid antagonist Naloxone Hydrochloride Injection, USP, 0.4 mg/mL, 1 mL in 2.5 mL, Carpuject Single-use cartridge syringe system (NDC 0409-1782-69). The two lots, 72680LL and 76510LL, were recalled because…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 11, 2018
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