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FDA Safety Communication – Supplemental Measures to Enhance Duodenoscope Reprocessing

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 5, 2015 6:30:00 PM / by MCN's Clinical & Accreditation Specialists posted in Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Compliance, Risk Reduction

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is providing a detailed list of supplemental duodenoscope reprocessing measures that emerged from an agency-led expert panel meeting earlier this year. Hospitals and health care facilities that utilize duodenoscopes can, in addition to meticulously following manufacturer reprocessing instructions, take one or more of these additional steps to further reduce the risk of infection and increase the safety of these medical devices.  


 

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QUESTION OF THE WEEK: CMS Revision of Long Term Care Requirements

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 29, 2015 10:43:00 AM / by MCN Healthcare posted in Question of the Week (QOTW)

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Question:

Is CMS revising Medicare requirements for Long Term Care facilities?


 

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QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Retention Requirements for Nuclear Medicine Reports

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 15, 2015 3:57:00 PM / by MCN Healthcare posted in Question of the Week (QOTW)

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What is the retention requirement for nuclear medicine reports?


 

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QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Reporting Patient Deaths Associated with the Use of Seclusion or Restraint

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 8, 2015 1:23:00 PM / by MCN Healthcare posted in Question of the Week (QOTW)

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What are the CMS regulations for reporting a patient death when restraints were used?


 

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OSHA Adds Key Hazards for Investigators Focus During Healthcare Inspections

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 1, 2015 4:15:00 PM / by MCN's Clinical & Accreditation Specialists posted in Best Practices

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The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced that the agency is expanding its use of enforcement resources in hospitals and nursing homes to focus on:

  • Musculoskeletal disorders MSD) related to patient or resident handling
  • Bloodborne pathogens 
  • Workplace violence
  • Tuberculosis
  • Slips, trips and falls

According to OSHA, U.S. hospitals recorded nearly 58,000 work-related injuries and illnesses in 2013, amounting to 6.4 work-related injuries and illnesses for every 100 full-time employees: almost twice as high as the overall rate for private industry.


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