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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.

Study Finds Compliance Concerns Remain with Safe Injection Practices (SIP)

The AAAHC found that the level of deficiencies associated with the accreditor’s SIP Standard was significant (greater than 10 percent) in several of the health care settings which the AAAHC accredits.

Last year, the AAAHC Institute released a patient safety toolkit to help organizations comply with the AAAHC Standard and national guidelines. This year, the AAAHC launched a voluntary benchmarking study to measure compliance with specific aspects of national SIP guidelines.

The AAAHC Institute Safe Injection Practices (SIP) Study for January-June 2017 revealed a significant proportion of ambulatory health care organizations do not always meet national SIP guidelines. In response, the AAAHC is continuing to provide member organizations with educational resources to improve safe injection practices and compliance with national guidelines.

Despite guidelines from national and international organizations, safe injection practices remain a challenge for a number of health care providers. For the study, the AAAHC Institute collected self-reported responses from 110 AAAHC-accredited ambulatory organizations on a cross-section of their standard SIP activities to identify areas for quality improvement. The study results were broken down by type – ambulatory surgery center (ASC) and primary care – and shared with participants.

Safe injection practices (SIP) are the processes health care providers use to prevent the transmission of bloodborne viruses and other microbial pathogens to patients or the providers themselves when preparing and administering injectable medications. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a safe injection does not harm the recipient, does not expose the provider to any avoidable risks and does not result in any waste that is dangerous for other people.

For information, visit www.aaahc.org/institute.

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