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Three Heart Surgeons Discuss How to Beat Aortic Dissection’s Ticking Clock

Participating in this Q&A article are Bilal Shafi, MD, from Sutter Health in Santa Cruz, California; Wilson Szeto, MD, from Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Grayson H. Wheatley III, MD, Wheatley Surgical in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Joint Commission, Joint Commission Resources Launch Data Transparency Initiative

The Joint Commission and Joint Commission Resources (JCR) Inc. have announced a new data transparency initiative – Data Analytics for Safe Healthcare (DASH).

Aerobiotix Announces FDA 510(k) Clearance of Medical Ultraviolet Air Filtration System

Aerobiotix Inc., a manufacturer of air treatment devices for hospitals and health care, has announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of the Aerocure-MD medical air purification system.

AAAHC Releases Updated Toolkit Outlining Ambulatory Procedure Considerations for Obese Patients

To help ASCs implement necessary precautions and prevent negative outcomes for obese patients, the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) has published a fully revised Ambulatory Procedure Considerations for Obese Patients Toolkit.

AAAHC Offers Pain Management Toolkit

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) has released a new Pain Management Toolkit, offering providers guidance on acute and chronic pain treatment. As pain management has evolved over the last couple of decades, AAAHC has created this toolkit to provide information to health care providers serving the millions of U.S. adults facing chronic or acute pain.

Chronic pain is the number one cause of long-term disability1, and reports indicate that more than 80% of post-operative patients do not have adequate acute pain management2, rendering thorough and standard assessment of pain management strategies vitally important in the health care continuum.

The Pain Management Toolkit provides organizations with current information and tools to educate staff, achieve consistent, standardized processes, and consider key issues which may help in making decisions about managing patient pain. The toolkit emphasizes important issues associated with care transitions for surgical and primary care environments, highlighting the prevalence of opioid prescriptions and outlining nationally recommended actions for both opioids and their alternatives.

Covering both the management of chronic pain and acute surgical- or procedural-related pain and post-operative pain management, the toolkit can be used to help drive quality improvement in both surgical and primary care practices.

“The content stresses that the primary aim of pain management is to improve physical function, while allowing rehabilitation and maintaining patient comfort. It is not about achieving a specific pain score,” said Naomi Kuznets, PhD, vice president and senior director of the AAAHC Institute for Quality Improvement.

“Our toolkits and other educational offerings assist organizations with developing best practices and improving patient outcomes,” said Renee Greenfeld, MBA, senior vice president of marketing and business development for AAAHC. “All of our toolkits underscore the many ways AAAHC works with accredited organizations to help them be 1095 Strong, quality every day, for the 1,095 days of the accreditation term.”

To order the new Pain Management toolkit, visit www.aaahc.org/quality/patient-safety-toolkits.

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