Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report

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During week 5 (January 28-February 3, 2018), influenza activity increased in the United States. Viral Surveillance: The most frequently identified influenza virus subtype reported by public health laboratories during week 5 was influenza…

Healthcare Report 2018: Best & Worst States for Healthcare

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Healthcare has been a significant topic in the recent U.S. Presidential election. There is controversy among which form of health care should be implemented. However, it’s likely that this issue will not be sorted for quite some time. As the…

Exposure Time for Effectiveness of HLD for Endoscope Reprocessing Should be Reconsidered

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The bactericidal effect of disinfectants against biofilms is essential to reduce potential endoscopy-related infections caused by contamination. Chino, et al. (2017) investigated the bactericidal effect of a high-level disinfectant, peracetic…

Lawsuit: Gentamycin Injection Blinds Man After Cataract Surgery

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A cataract surgeon's highly unusual practice of prophylaxis of endophthalmitis — injecting gentamycin into the patient's eye post-cataract surgery — blinded an 80-year-old man in his right eye, court records show. Source: Outpatient …

2018 Ambulatory Health Care National Patient Safety Goals

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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…

Progressive Surgical Solutions Acquired by BSM Consulting

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Today is an exciting day at Progressive Surgical Solutions as we officially announce our acquisition as a division of BSM Consulting.  Bruce Maller founded BSM Consulting in 1978 with one goal in mind - to provide clients…

14 Elements That Must Appear on California Security Forms

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Can you imagine getting a call from a patient who just had surgery complaining that they couldn't get their pain medications because the surgeon's prescription pad didn't meet California Security Form Criteria?  Well, a new email from the…

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

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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…

How Anesthesiologists Are Curbing the Opioid Epidemic

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Going opioid-free could be the future of anesthesia. Presenting findings to the 2017 Anesthesiology Annual Meeting, a group of Tampa-based doctors and researchers say their studies promote opioid-free anesthesia not only as a viable option…

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

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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…