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The Joint Commission: New R3 Report on reducing healthcare disparities

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on June 22 announced a new “R3 Report—Issue 36: New Requirements to Reduce Health Care Disparities,” which examines the rationale and references behind new and revised requirements to reduce healthcare disparities in accredited organizations, effective January 1, 2023. Among the new and revised requirements: A…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 23, 2022
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The Joint Commission: New R3 Report on requirements for antibiotic stewardship

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on June 22 announced a new “R3 Report—Issue 35: New and Revised Requirements for Antibiotic Stewardship,” which details the rationale and references behind new and revised requirements to optimize the use of antibiotics, effective January 1, 2023. The requirements include 12 new and revised elements…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 23, 2022
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FDA: Class I recall of one lot of Draeger SafeStar 55 Breathing System Filters

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on June 21 identified the recall by Draeger, Inc, of one lot (LT2103) of its SafeStar 55 Breathing System Filters as Class I, the most serious. The Breathing System Filter is used as part of a ventilator when a patient is under…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 22, 2022
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FDA, CDC recommend COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5 years old

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as 6 months old, which expands eligibility to some 20 million babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, CBS News June 17 reports. After convening on Saturday, June 18, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
June 17, 2022
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AHA urges ‘swift’ passing of Senate package to reduce gun violence

Editor's Note The American Hospital Association (AHA) this week voiced support for the Senate’s bipartisan framework to help reduce gun violence in communities, AHA June 14 reports. The proposal includes provisions to help the country to combat violence and make “critical investments” in behavioral healthcare, school safety resources, and support…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
June 17, 2022
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New Moderna booster candidate announced, Omicron deemed ‘immune evader’

Editor's Note Moderna, Inc announced new clinical data on its “Omicron-containing bivalent” COVID-19 booster candidate and a vaccine candidate targeting the Omicron variant of concern, Healthcare Purchasing News (HPN) June 9 reports. The booster dose of the new mRNA vaccine reportedly had a “superior neutralizing antibody response…against the Omicron variant…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
June 16, 2022
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The Joint Commission seeking comments on EM surge management plan

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced on June 15 that it is seeking comments on proposed Emergency Management (EM) chapter requirements related to surge management for its hospital and critical access hospital accreditation programs. Since approval of the new, revised EM standards, which are effective July 1, experts in the…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 16, 2022
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Dashboard reports available for primary, comprehensive stroke centers

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced on June 15 that refreshed Accelerate PI™ Dashboard Reports are available for primary stroke centers (PSCs) and comprehensive stroke centers (CSCs) to provide updated performance measurement data on quality measures selected for advanced certification. The reports, which contain data through the fourth quarter of…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 16, 2022
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Joint Commission’s Quick Safety Issue 65 on managing packaged sterile supplies, devices

Editor's Note On June 14, The Joint Commission issued a new Quick Safety report to provide guidance for managing and storing packaged sterile supplies. Organizations must identify the best location to store supplies so staff can readily access them, and ensure the supplies are being stocked to the most optimal…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
June 15, 2022
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FDA: Class I recall of Woodside Acquisitions’ Oral Rapid and Joysbio SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Test Kits

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on June 9 updated the Class I recall by Woodside Acquisitions Inc of its Oral Rapid SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Test Kits and Joysbio SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Test Kits (Colloidal Gold) that are not authorized, cleared, or approved by the FDA. The FDA…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 15, 2022
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