Tag: Safety

FDA: Class I recall of Insulet Omnipod DASH PDM

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 16 identified the recall by Insulet of its Omnipod DASH Insulin Management System Personal Diabetes Manager (PDM) as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of PDM battery issues, including: Battery swelling Fluid leakage from the battery…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 17, 2022
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ECRI announces 2022 Safety Excellence Award winner

Editor's Note ECRI and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices PSO, on November 7, named Monument Health of Rapid City, South Dakota, the winner of the 2022 Safety Excellence Award. The healthcare system set a strategic goal to improve culture of safety, increase incident and near-miss event reporting, and enrich…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 7, 2022
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The Joint Commission adds safety briefing to accreditation surveys

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on November 2 announced that it has added safety briefings to all accreditation surveys as well as certification and verification reviews, effective January 1, 2023. The informal, 5-minute briefing allows organizations to tell surveyors and reviewers about any potential safety concerns and how they should…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 3, 2022
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FDA: Five companies are having amoxicillin shortages

Editor's Note As of November 1, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) listed 26 amoxicillin products on its current drug shortages site. The FDA says increased demand is the largest cause of the shortage. The FDA does not list resupply dates, but the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) estimates…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 1, 2022
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FDA: Philips Respironics recalls certain BiPAP, CPAP masks

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on October 19 identified the recall by Philips Respironics of certain masks for BiPAP and CPAP machines as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because magnetic headgear clips that hold the masks in place can cause injury or death…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 24, 2022
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Session: Implementing Process Change to Find the Real Patient Safety Indicator Solutions

Editor's Note “We like to say PSIs [patient safety indicators] are a marathon, not a sprint. Small progress is still progress,” said Holly Taylor, DNP, RN, CNOR, NPD-BC, CNAMB, Quality Management Coordinator at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) at this OR Manager Conference session. Taylor and fellow…

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By: Bridget Brown
October 18, 2022
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Nearly half of US adults surveyed said they mislead others about their COVID-19 status

Editor's Note This national survey study led by researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, and Middlesex Community College, Middletown, Connecticut, finds that nearly half of US adults surveyed reported misrepresentation of and nonadherence to COVID-19 public health measures. Among the survey findings: Of 1,733…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 12, 2022
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APIC urges infection preventionists to continue masking

Editor's Note In response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) relaxation of recommendations for universal healthcare personnel masking, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) on October 3 strongly urged its 15,000 members to continue masking in patient care areas. Requiring masks for anyone…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 11, 2022
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Disposition, outcomes of patients after day-of-surgery case cancellation

Editor's Note In this study from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, researchers find that nearly a fifth of cases canceled on the day of surgery are never rescheduled, and, if they are rescheduled, the delay can be substantial. During the 2-year study period, 4,472 cases were canceled on the day…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 6, 2022
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Long-term outcomes after metabolic, bariatric surgery in adolescents

Editor's Note This study led by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine finds significant sustained reduction in weight and comorbidities as well as low rates of long-term complications 10 years or more after having metabolic and bariatric surgery as an adolescent. A total of 96 patients (83% female,…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 6, 2022
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