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Patient Safety

  • CDC to Monitor Reactions and Errors Associated with Blood Transfusions
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched the first national surveillance system to monitor adverse events in patients who receive blood transfusions. The CDC is encouraging healthcare facilities across the country to enroll in this new surveillance ...More
    February 18, 2010 Posted in News
  • Making a Better Medical Safety Checklist
    In the wake of Johns Hopkins’ success in virtually eliminating intensive-care unit bloodstream infections via a simple five-step checklist, the safety scientist who developed and popularized the tool warns medical colleagues that they are no panacea.“Checklists ...More
    February 15, 2010 Posted in News
  • Safety Checklist Continues to Keep Hospital Infections in Check
    The state of Michigan, which used a five-step checklist developed at Johns Hopkins to virtually eliminate bloodstream infections in its hospitals' intensive care units, has been able to keep the number of these common, costly and potentially lethal infections near zero ...More
  • New AORN Recommendation on Retained Items Open for Public Comment
    The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) announces that the new recommended practice, "Prevention of Unplanned Retained Items," is now open for public comment through Feb. 21, 2010. For more information, CLICK HERE. ...More
    February 3, 2010 Posted in News
  • Many Hospitals Fail to Reduce Infection Rates Despite Checklists
    Far too many hospitals fail to lower the rate of deadly central-line bloodstream infections despite the availability of a simple life-saving checklist proven to prevent hospital-acquired infections, says a new investigative article in the March issue of Consumer Reports. ...More
    February 2, 2010 Posted in News
  • Clinicians Share VAP Prevention Strategies
    Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) accounts for as much as 15 percent of all hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) and approximately 27 percent of all infections acquired in the intensive care unit (ICU). The primary risk factor for the development of hospital-associated ...More
    January 21, 2010 Posted in Articles
  • Joint Commission Annual Report Shows Gains in Patient-Care Quality
    Accredited hospitals in America have steadily improved the quality of patient care over a seven-year period, saving lives and improving the health of thousands of patients, according to the Joint Commission’s latest annual report. The report, “Improving ...More
    January 14, 2010 Posted in News
  • Sepsis Campaign Improving Treatment of Major Killer
    A reduction in hospital mortality from severe sepsis and septic shock was associated with participation in the Surviving Sepsis Campaign performance improvement initiative, according to an article published simultaneously in the February issues of Critical Care Medicine and ...More
    January 13, 2010 Posted in News
  • AORN Hires New Segment Manager for Healthcare Organizations
    The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), announces today that Justin Raschke has joined the organization as segment manager for healthcare organizations.  In this newly created position, he will report to Fred Perner, vice president of segments, and ...More
    December 22, 2009 Posted in News
  • Improved Patient Safety and Reduced Infection Rates: An Imperative in 2010
    2010 may be known as the year of renewed patient safety efforts, at least if Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, FCCM, professor at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine, has anything to say about it. He is part of the Quality and Safety Research Group at Johns Hopkins, a ...More
    December 18, 2009 Posted in Articles