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Abstracts Invited for ASTM International Virtual Workshop on Fast-Tracking PPE Standards Development

Abstracts for presentation are invited for the ASTM International virtual workshop on Fast-Tracking Standards Development to Address Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Shortages Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Sept. 9-10, 2020. ASTM International’s committees on...

340 Organizations Send Letter to Congress Urging Action on Telehealth

On Tuesday 340 organizations signed a letter urging Congressional leaders to make telehealth flexibilities created during the COVID-19 pandemic permanent. Those signing this multi-stakeholder letter include national and regional organizations representing a full range...

AAAHC Enhances Standards in New Accreditation Handbook

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) is moving forward with enhanced Standards in version 41 of its Accreditation Handbook for Ambulatory Health Care. For more than 40 years, AAAHC has provided facilities with relevant standards and...

New Plastic Biomaterials Could Lead To Tougher Medical Implants

A new thermoplastic biomaterial, which is tough and strong but also easy to process and shape has been developed by researchers at the University of Birmingham (UAB). A type of nylon, the material’s shape memory properties enable it to be stretched and moulded but...

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Positioning Patients Safely

Positioning Patients Safely

The statistics with regard to safe patient handling and mobility (SPHM) are not encouraging. Let’s start with the fact that more than half (51 percent) of nurses say they have experienced musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) pain at work from handling patients, according to...

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Reducing HAIs and SSIs

Reducing HAIs and SSIs

By Don Sadler Despite the renewed attention that has been focused on the problem of healthcare associated infections (HAIs) and surgical site infections (SSIs) in recent years, the number of infections occurring remains alarmingly high. Approximately 300,000 SSIs...

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Looking Inside Endoscope Trends

Looking Inside Endoscope Trends

Flexible endoscopes are some of the most critical pieces of equipment used in operating rooms today. This makes proper endoscope cleaning and processing one of the most important tasks that perioperative nurses must perform.

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High Demand

High Demand

Hospitals and health care organizations are facing employment challenges of their own – especially when it comes to hiring and retaining qualified perioperative nurses.

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Keeping Up With the ASCQR Program

Keeping Up With the ASCQR Program

Each year, when CMS issues updates to its final payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) for the coming year, it includes updates to the data collection, data submission and program administration requirements ASCs need to be in compliance with Medicare’s ASCQR reporting program.

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