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Joint Commission: Time to Highlight Outcome Measures

The Joint Commission (a private membership and hospital accreditation body) has released its 2009 Annual Report on Quality and Safety providing a summary of rates for performance measures for a number of evidence-based treatments for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care between 2002 and 2008.

Categories: Hospital Acquired Infections
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Hospitals in the Blogosphere

If your hospital had a blog, would you read it? More importantly, would you expect to see information that every patient deserves – such as hospital infection rates or harmful medical errors happening there?

Categories: Hospital Acquired Infections, Medical Errors
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RFO Encounters in Pennsylvania

You’ve heard of UFOs but have you heard of RFOs? 194 Pennsylvanians could tell you about their RFO encounter last year – that’s how many cases of “retained foreign objects” were reported to that state’s Patient Safety Authority in 2008.

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Medicare releases data on hospital readmissions

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced last Thursday that it has added readmission rates for more than 4,000 hospitals across the U.S to its Hospital Compare website. With proper care, most people should not have to go back to the hospital shortly after release. This is a key indicator of quality and varies a lot between hospitals.

Categories: Hospital Acquired Infections, Medical Errors
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Secretary Sebelius calls on hospitals to fight hospital-acquired infections

Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, tells hospitals to take “basic steps to fight infections” that harm millions of patients every year and add billions to our nation’s health care costs.

Categories: Hospital Acquired Infections, MRSA
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Have an opinion on off-label drug use information? Take this survey!

Survey about whether drug companies should hand out off-label drug studies to doctors.

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Battle for safer drugs now in the House

It’s time for action. With strong legislation sitting in committee, the House has a chance now to take a hard line against the drug industry.

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Senate takes up critical drug safety bill this week

The vote on FDA reform bill S.1082 may not happen until Thursday…depends on how much time it takes members to get through all the amendments and weave through a flood of drug company lobbyists.

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Drug trial stopped on probable future blockbuster

This weekend, drug maker Pfizer learned that it would have to stop its clinical study of heart disease drug, Torcetrapib as the drug was shown to cause an increase in death and heart injury.

Categories: Drugs, Uncategorized
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Med schools coaching students on how to handle drug reps effectively

Some med schools now are starting up projects for their students to help them challenge drug company sales reps when they attempt to wine and dine docs.

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