Safety - June 2018

Hospital says CMS star rating system has been wrong for two years

Rush University Medical Center found that instead of evenly weighting the eight measures in the safety of care group, the ratings formula relied heavily on one measure


Leapfrog opposes CMS roll back of quality reporting measures

Leapfrog says removing the measures from IQR will hurt patient transparency


Solid-state refrigeration: A better, construction-free path to USP <800> compliance

Designed to eliminate improper management, USP <800> provides standards for the safe handling of hazardous drugs to minimize the risk of exposure to healthcare personnel, patients and the environment.


ASHE survey looks at monthly elevator testing

Input on additional regulatory requirements also sought


It's hurricane season!

What you need to know to plan, predict and prepare


Phoenix VA inspection reveals safety issues

Phoenix VA hospital was 'ground zero' for a national crisis in veterans healthcare


Rhode Island passes surgical smoke law

Surgical teams will have smoke-free ORs


FDA issues guidance on preventing surgical fires

The US Food and Drug Administration recommends safe use of medical devices and products commonly used during surgical procedures


State AGs against ‘rollback’ of nursing home oversight reforms

17 attorney generals against rollback of reforms meant to prevent nursing home patient abuse, fraud and neglect


Ohio healthcare facility drills for an active shooter incident

The first step is to lock down the hospital and issue a code yellow


Florida nursing homes say they're ready for hurricane season

Fatalities in South Florida last year have prompted change



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