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Joint Commission seeks comments on proposed requirements for fluoroscopy

Editor's Note The Joint Commission is revising its standards to better address risks related to fluoroscopy in the Ambulatory Care, Critical Access Hospital, Hospital, and Office-Based Surgery accreditation programs. The changes are being made to further promote patient safety and quality of care in addition to aligning the accreditation requirements…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 13, 2018
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FDA: Potential for increased image artifact when using MRA for follow-up of embolization coil procedures

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on March 12 issued a Safety Alert on the potential for increased artifact associated with magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) imaging for follow-up of certain post neurovascular embolization coil procedures. When MRA is performed on patients implanted with neurovascular embolization coils containing 304V…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 13, 2018
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CDC study finds nearly 30% increase in ED visits for opioid overdose

Editor's Note Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) found that emergency department (ED) visits for opioid overdoses increased 29.7% from July 2016 to September 2017, according to the March 9 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Every demographic group and all US regions saw increases, but the…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 12, 2018
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Inpatient surgery readmission trends during HRRP

Editor's Note Surgical readmission rates have declined in the past decade, and rates of decline increased during the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP) period, this study finds. Between 2005 and 2014, rates of readmission across 8 targeted procedures declined from 12.2% to 8.6%. Before the Affordable Care Act, rates of readmission…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 9, 2018
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FDA warns duodenoscope manufacturers on postmarket study noncompliance

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on March 9 issued warning letters to all three duodenoscope manufacturers for failing to comply with federal requirements to conduct postmarket surveillance studies to assess the effectiveness of reprocessing their devices. Olympus failed to start data collection, and Pentax and Fujifilm failed…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 9, 2018
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Joint Commission updates outpatient THKR implementation guide

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on March 7 announced that an updated THKR Outpatient Performance Measurement Implementation Guide is now available for its Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement (THKR) Certification program. The update includes the 2018 CPT codes. Joint Commission Online Weekly Newsletter Read More >>

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By: Judy Mathias
March 9, 2018
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FDA: Recall of methylprednisolone sodium succinate for injection

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on March 6 announced the recall by Sagent Pharmaceuticals (Schaumburg, Illinois) of 10 lots of methylprednisolone sodium succinate for injection, USP, 40 mg, 125 mg, and 1 g. The recall was initiated because of the discovery of high out of specification impurity…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 7, 2018
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FDA: Hospira recalls three lots of hydromorphone HCL injection

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on March 5 announced the recall by Hospira (Lake Forest, Illinois) of three lots of hydromorphone HCL injection, USP Cll 10 mg/mL, 1 mL in 2 mL single dose vials. The recall was initiated because units from these lots may be empty…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 6, 2018
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FDA issues warning for compounded drugs from Cantrell Drug Company

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on March 2 issued a warning for healthcare professionals not to use drug products produced by Cantrell Drug Company (Little Rock, Arkansas), including opioids and other drugs intended for sterile injections. The FDA is concerned about serious deficiencies in Cantrell’s compounding operations,…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 5, 2018
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Joint Commission updates sentinel event stats for 2017

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on February 28 announced the update of its sentinel event statistics for 2017. Of 805 reports reviewed, the Top 10 events most frequently reported included: unintended retention of a foreign body−116 events (first place) wrong-patient, wrong-site, wrong-procedure−95 events (third place) medication error−32 events (eighth place)…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 1, 2018
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