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patient safety webinarPlease register for Strategies to Manage Hospital Acquired Conditions Reporting in an ACA World - An IC Check-Up on Sept 9th, 2014 1:00 PM CDT at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5973501898406116610

With the August 1 Final Rule announcement by CMS, it’s time we had an Infection Control check-up from our IC expert, Brian Foy.

Brian will explain recent changes to Federal rules and its impacts on everyday IC preventionists. Then, the team will outline some of the experienced and expected challenges faced by industry partners and their solutions.

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Is the Answer to Enhanced Patient Safety Hiding in Plain Sight?
The Transformation of “Incident Reporting"

Is the Answer to Enhanced Patient Safety Hiding in Plain Sight? The Transformation of “Incident ReportingWe all have these systems, whether paper or electronic, that are supposed to capture incidents that can lead to and/or have resulted in patient harm. Most of these systems can do this, but many will agree that there is something missing – something important – when it comes to whether or not these systems actually enhance patient safety.

We cannot just track incidents anymore; we need to make this an organization-wide process where we build awareness, which leads to intervention, and results in changes that can be seen and monitored. In this white paper, we discuss the transformation of traditional “incident reporting” into an integrated patient safety management system and offer a path to achieve this transformation.


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I-Flow, LLC, a Kimberly-Clark Health Care Company and manufacturer of the ON-Q Pain Relief System, has announced a new service for hospitals designed to reduce reliance on narcotics for post-surgical pain management and improve both the quality of care and financial outcomes.

I-Flow, LLC, a Kimberly-Clark Health Care Company and manufacturer of the ON-Q Pain Relief System, has announced a new service for hospitals designed to reduce reliance on narcotics for post-surgical pain management and improve both the quality of care and financial outcomes.

The ON-Q Take ACTION (Avoiding Complications Through Initiatives to reduce Overutilized Narcotics) program is an integrated, step-wise approach to help hospitals implement alternatives to opioids for post-surgical pain management. Until recently, post-surgical pain was primarily treated with narcotics, which data overwhelmingly suggest may pose risks of addiction and may cause undesirable side effects, longer hospital stays, unnecessary readmissions and increased potential for adverse drug events. These unwelcome side effects can have a significant impact on healthcare costs and can contribute to poor patient satisfaction. By combining financial assessments, best practice recommendations, innovative technology and outcomes measurement, the ON-Q Take ACTION program may help to reduce or eliminate unnecessary exposure to narcotics, improve post-surgical pain scores and decrease the overall cost of care.

“With increasing focus on minimizing excess cost, improving patient satisfaction and avoiding readmissions, it’s essential for hospitals to explore alternatives to the standard narcotic treatment for post-surgical pain management,” said Mark Kem, Principal, KEM Healthcare Solutions, LLC. “Non-narcotic solutions, supported by clinical research and outcomes, assist physicians and other care providers in managing their patients’ pain with fewer side effects, which also contributes to faster recovery times and shorter hospital stays.”

Using a hospital’s own data, ON-Q Take ACTION can demonstrate the quality and financial improvements resulting from adoption of a non-narcotic pain management system. These improvements help hospitals align with many of healthcare reform’s quality improvements, such as increased patient safety and overall cost reduction. The program includes:

-        A financial assessment to estimate potential savings

-        Implementation of the ON-Q Pain Relief System

-        Outcomes measurement

-        Personalized staff training and education

-        Documentation and change management support 

A key component of the ON-Q Take ACTION program is the use of the ON-Q Pain Relief System, a single-use, portable pump that delivers an automatic and regulated flow of local anesthetic through a specially designed catheter inserted near the patient’s surgical site or in close proximity to a peripheral nerve. ON-Q reduces the reliance on narcotics to relieve pain following surgery, reduces many narcotic-related side effects and helps patients recover faster after surgery with less pain.

“Healthcare reform has created an economic and quality balancing act, forcing physicians and hospitals to reexamine their purchasing decisions for post-surgical pain management,” said Price St. Hilaire, Global Director of Marketing, I-Flow, LLC. “Through the ON-Q Take ACTION program, we are able to address both the clinical and financial goals of hospitals by providing advanced technology, valuable insight and advice from experts who understand the needs of physicians and patients.”

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