Entries by Courtney Leonis

2018 Ambulatory Health Care National Patient Safety Goals

The National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG) were established by The Joint Commission (TJC) and are updated each year. They were meant to assist accredited organizations address specific areas of concern in regard to patient safety. The Patient Safety Advisory Group, is made up of nurses, physicians, pharmacists, risk managers, clinical engineers and other professionals, and […]

Beverly Hills Anesthesiologist Injected Himself With Drugs During Surgery and Later Gave Patient a Lethal Dose of Demerol

A Beverly Hills anesthesiologist was under the influence of drugs he’d injected himself with when he administered a lethal dose of Demerol to a patient at the Rodeo Drive Plastic Surgery Center, prosecutors said in announcing murder charges yesterday against Stephen Kyosung Kim, MD.   Source: Outpatient Surgery

Ransomware and Other Cybersecurity Threats Top ECRI Institute’s Annual Health Technology Hazards List

ECRI Institute announces the launch of its Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2018 list. The report identifies the potential sources of danger involving medical devices and other health technologies that ECRI believes warrant the greatest attention for the coming year. This year’s No. 1 hazard calls attention to the patient safety component of ransomware and other […]

Successful Survey: Arkansas Outpatient Surgery Center

Arkansas Outpatient Surgery Center passed their Arkansas State Licensure and AAAHC Deemed Status Surveys! Congrats to Arkansas Outpatient Surgery Center on their successful AR State Licensure and Deemed Status AAAHC Surveys! This facility in North Little Rock, AR is a physician owned, single specialty, 2 OR pain management surgery center. It has been open and operating […]

President Trump Nominates Alex Azar for HHS Secretary

On Monday, President Trump announced his nomination of pharmaceutical executive Alex Azar as secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). Azar served as general counsel and deputy HHS secretary under George W. Bush from 2001 to 2007, before leaving to become president of the US division of Eli Lilly and Company. His experience at […]

FDA Approves First Implanted Lens That Can Be Adjusted After Cataract Surgery

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 22 announced the approval of RxSight Inc’s (Pasadena, California) Light Adjustable Lens and Light Delivery Device. This is the first system that allows ophthalmologists to make small adjustments to the implanted lens’ power after cataract surgery to improve visual acuity without glasses. Ophthalmologists can make the adjustments […]