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Senate Committee Calls for Ban on Concurrent Surgery

From the Boston Globe: "A powerful Senate committee wants all hospitals to explicitly ban surgeons from overseeing two simultaneous operations, weighing in on a controversy that... spurred a national debate on patient safety."

Read the full story at http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/12/05/senate-committee-calls-for-ban-surgeons-doing-simultaneous-operations/EYjO9jiAfLYJsliIrdY4LO/story.html

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Consumer Reports Looks at Hospital Acquired Infections

Central-line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) are deadly, costly, and largely preventable. Read the article, http://www.consumerreports.org/hospital-safety/hospital-acquired-infections-zero-tolerance/

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November Is National Family Caregiver Month

"Take Care to Give Care" is the theme of this year's National Family Caregiver month. Visit the Caregiver Action Network for information about being a caregiver. http://caregiveraction.org/national-family-caregivers-month-theme/

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How Patient Engagement, Education Can Improve Medication Safety

New research from the ONC shows that providers can better detect prescribing errors through strong patient engagement and education, ultimately improving medication safety. Read the story from Patient Engagement HIT, http://patientengagementhit.com/news/how-patient-engagement-education-can-improve-medication-safety

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A Patient's Advice on How to Improve the Health Care Experience

Brian Boyle was in a near-fatal car accident as a young man. Read his thoughts on how to better communication and compassion can improve health care, http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2016/11/patients-advice-improve-health-care-experience.html

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Take the Quiz on Antibiotic Use

Do you think you know all about the safe use of antibiotics? Take this quiz from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in advance of Get Smart About Antibiotics Weeks, http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/community/about/quiz.html

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Halloween Warning: Keep Medications Separate from Candy

According to the Up, Up, and Away Campaign, pills and candy can look, smell, and even taste alike. If you cannot tell the difference, your kid's can't either. Read more, https://americansecuritytoday.com/halloween-alert-keep-meds-sight-avoid-candy-confusion/

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National Pharmacy Week Is October 16-22

View this video for consumers presented by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, https://youtu.be/152dfgadI7U

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October 16-22 Is International Infection Prevention Week

Consumers can find a wealth of information about how to protect themselves from infection on the APIC website for consumers, http://www.apic.org/For-Consumers/Patient-safety-resources

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APIC Study Shows Parents Cite Lack of Need as Reason for Not Getting Kids Flu Shot

From the Association for Professionals in Infection Control:

Arlington, Va, September 29, 2016 – Despite the fact that influenza leads to more hospitalizations and deaths among children than any other vaccine-preventable disease, parents frequently decline vaccinating their children against influenza because they don’t perceive the need, according to a new case-control study published in the October issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

Read more at http://www.apic.org/For-Media/News-Releases/Article?id=d5a05cc3-410b-4997-8848-9cc8efd629f4

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12 Medical Mistakes that Can Harm You

The AARP magazine recently interviewed health experts to provide these tips. View the slide show, http://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2016/hospital-medical-mistakes-photos.html#slide1

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Groups Urge Robust Patient Engagement in Meaningful Use Stage 3

The Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH) is urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to maintain robust objectives and measures that promote health information access and exchange between patients and eligible hospitals. Read the press release, http://www.nationalpartnership.org/news-room/press-releases/leading-consumer-patient-labor-groups-urge-cms-to-maintain-robust-consumer-ehealth-requirements.html

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What Does Patient Safety Mean to You?

We recently asked members of the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety to tell us "What does patient safety mean to you? You can read what some of them had to say on the P.S. Blog, http://npsf.site-ym.com/blogpost/1158873/255297/What-Does-Patient-Safety-Mean-to-You. If you'd like to share your thoughts, respond to this post or visit to blog to respond.

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#ThinkSepsis: September Is Sepsis Awareness Month

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging patients affected by sepsis to share their stories on social media. Use #ThinkSepsis across social media to share your personal sepsis story. Tell how sepsis has impacted you or your family, and remind your friends and loved ones to#ThinkSepsis. Visit the CDC at http://www.cdc.gov/sepsis/.

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20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors: A Patient Fact Sheet

Great resource from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, http://archive.ahrq.gov/patients-consumers/care-planning/errors/20tips/index.html

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Antibiotics: Will they help or hurt you?

This resource is one of many available through the Choosing Wisely program, http://www.choosingwisely.org/patient-resources/antibiotics-will-they-help-or-hurt-you/

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The July Effect at Hospitals

Sharing a story from Modern Healthcare, http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20160725/NEWS/160729958

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More Hospitals Screening Aging Surgeons

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Protect Yourself from Health Care Acquired Infections

Every day, patients get infections in healthcare facilities while they are being treated for something else. These infections can have devastating emotional, financial, and medical effects. Worst of all, they can be deadly. What can you do as a patient or loved one of a patient to minimize risk? Check out the Center for Disease Control and Prevention resources on this issue, http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/patientSafety/patient-safety.html

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Medical Errors Cited as Third Leading Cause of Death

May 4--Dr. Tejal Gandhi discussed the newest study of medical errors on local Boston PBS news program. View the show at https://news.wgbh.org/2016/05/04/local-news/third-biggest-killer-nation-medical-errors

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Senate Committee Calls for Ban on Concurrent Surgery
From the Boston Globe: "A powerful Senate committee wants all hospitals to explicitly ban surgeons from overseeing tw...
Consumer Reports Looks at Hospital Acquired Infections
Central-line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) are deadly, costly, and largely preventable. Read the article...
November Is National Family Caregiver Month
"Take Care to Give Care" is the theme of this year's National Family Caregiver month. Visit the Caregiver Action Netw...
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The National Patient Safety Foundation salutes Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals for their generous support of this year's Patient Safety Awareness Week and their ongoing commitment to patient and workforce safety.