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December 2022
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Report: 342 million medical records leaked due to breaches since 2009

Editor's Note Healthcare organizations in the US have seen almost 5,000 data breaches since 2009, notes a cybersecurity report from technology research company Comparitech published in August 2022. According to the report, these medical breaches have led to 342 million medical records being leaked. Here are some key findings from…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
December 2, 2022
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Use of serious games to promote infection prevention among senior nursing students during COVID-19

Editor's Note This study by nursing researchers from Turkey, finds that serious game implementation significantly increased senior nursing students’ knowledge of infection prevention and safe behaviors during COVID-19. A total of 62 nursing students completed a socio-demographic questionnaire, COVID-19 information form, and game usability form, and their responses were analyzed…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 1, 2022
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The Joint Commission launches new Speak Up About Vaccinations campaign

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on November 30 announced the launch of a new patient safety campaign—Speak Up About Vaccinations—that is designed to help patients better understand vaccines. The campaign includes: an infographic poster/flyer in three sizes an animated video a distribution guide with recommendations on how healthcare organizations can…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 1, 2022
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COVID-19-related deaths higher in younger people in 2021

Editor's Note This study by researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, finds that in the COVID-19 pandemic’s early phases, most deaths were in older people, but in 2021, deaths in younger people increased while deaths in older people decreased. The researchers, using Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data,…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 30, 2022
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The Joint Commission updates ORYX performance measure requirements

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on November 23 announced that it had updated its 2023 ORYX performance measure reporting requirements, effective January 1, 2023. Key updates for hospitals and critical access hospitals include: Three new electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs)—hospital harm, severe hypoglycemia; hospital harm, severe hyperglycemia; and ST-segment elevation…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 30, 2022
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CMS releases safety expectations on workplace violence

Editor's Note  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new memorandum on November 28 emphasizing the importance of enforcing regulations and expectations to create a safe environment for hospital staff when delivering patient care, the American Hospital Association reported on November 28. According to the memo, the…

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By: Bridget Brown
November 29, 2022
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Association of COVID-19 with incidence of HAIs in California hospitals

Editor's Note This study, by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, and California Department of Public Health, finds significant increases in healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in California acute-care hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically, central-line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections (BSIs). The researchers found…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 29, 2022
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FDA: Class I recall of Baxter Hillrom WatchCare IMS for RF interference risk

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration, on November 23, identified the recall by Baxter Hillrom of its WatchCare Incontinence Management System (IMS) as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of the risk for radiofrequency (RF) emissions from WatchCare devices that may interfere with other devices,…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 29, 2022
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Antiviral, antibiotic shortages cause strain on healthcare providers

Editor's Note A shortage of medications used in treatment of pediatric illnesses are causing additional challenges for healthcare providers amid spikes in respiratory viruses, according to a November 22 CNN story, reports Becker’s Hospital Review November 23. It was reported by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) that as…

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By: Bridget Brown
November 28, 2022
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Part 1 of Benchmark Questionnaire on OR Business Practices closes December 5, 2022

Editor's Note Part 1 of the Benchmark Questionnaire on Operating Room Business Practices (Elective Cases Only) closes December 5, 2022 at 8 pm ET. We ask that you take 10 minutes to complete the survey to help highlight best OR Practices for our readers.  The first part of this 2-part survey…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
November 28, 2022
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