Multiple Injection Safety Violations Led to NJ Outbreak

Investigators found 41 patients with osteoarthritis contracted the rare infection following injections in their knee joints, with 33 requiring surgery to remove damaged tissue. The investigation found practices including lack of hand washing to inappropriate reuse of medication vials.

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The Chronic Issue of Cybersecurity

Healthcare institutions are vulnerable cyber targets, with thousands of patient records to protect and a federal requirement to comply with HIPAA and HITECH. These institutions lack the staffing (and sometimes the awareness) to prevent personal health data from being accessed and held by threat actors.

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Steps Toward Better, More Efficient EVS Results

By: Steve Zimmerman, MBA, CHESP, T-CSCT, Director of Healthcare Services for ServiceMaster Clean Healing is the goal of every hospital.  To promote healing, hospitals must provide an infection-free environment.  The work of the environmental services department (EVS) is vital to that effort. EVS is far more than just housekeeping.  In addition to cleaning floors and … Continued

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Rethinking ED Imaging

CT isn’t always the best solution for an individual’s problem, and uncertain or inaccurate diagnoses can actually lengthen the amount of time needed for patient care. This is particularly true when it comes to effectively diagnosing certain types of neuro-related cases.

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Patient Safety Awards Hold Hospitals Accountable

The Leapfrog report found that if all hospitals had an avoidable death rate equivalent to “A” hospitals, 50,000 lives would have been saved, versus 33,000 lives that would have been saved by “A” level performance in 2016.

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