IHI Hosts Panel to Develop Patient Safety Action Plan

The committee was established in the wake of last year’s call to action issued by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF), which merged with the IHI in 2017. The call to action urged a coordinated response from the healthcare and public health sectors to reduce medical harm.

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OSHA Cites Facility for Failing to Protect Staff From Workplace Violence

In the latest announced penalty, an acute care inpatient behavioral health facility in Bradenton, Florida is facing more than $71,000 in fines for “failing to institute controls to prevent patients from verbal and physical threats of assault, including punches, kicks, and bites; and from using objects as weapons,” according to information released by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Joint Commission Appoints New Director of Infection Prevention and Control

According to a Joint Commission release, she has worked for more than 30 years in infection prevention and control in hospitals and long-term care facilities, along with eight years of clinical microbiology experience. Recently, Garcia-Houchins was director of infection control at the University of Chicago Medicine and was a consultant for Joint Commission Resources.

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