Healthcare Departments

OR Collaboration Key to Endoscope Safety

April 11, 2019

By Stephanie Davis, MSHA, RN, CNOR, CSSM

In every operating room (OR) or procedural area, a patient deserves the peace of mind that the endoscopic instruments they are exposed to are free of any potentially infectious matter that can harm them.

FDA Issues Statement on Shutdown of Large Contract Sterilization Facility

March 27, 2019

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, has issued the following statement on steps the agency is taking to prevent potential medical device shortages and ensure safe and effective sterilization amid shutdown of a large contract sterilization facility:

Penn Study Links Nurse Work Environments and Patient Outcomes

March 27, 2019

Nurses play critical roles in patient safety and are often the last line of defense against medical errors and unsafe practices. Considerable research has explored the relationship between the nurse work environment and a variety of patient and nurse quality and safety outcomes.