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News Corner: How the Opioid Epidemic Is Invading Hospitals

Almost every day in the headlines there is a story about the nation’s surging heroin and opioid problem, from the plights of broken families to needing better treatment, to prevention of addiction for patients. A recent study published in the…

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News Corner: Deadline to Respond to FDA Hospital and Health Systems Compounding Guidance Is Looming

By John Barickman, RPh, MBA, IV Pharmacist Consultant, Omnicell     If you are responsible for sterile IV compounding, you’ll want to be aware of and weigh in on new oversight being proposed. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently…

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News Corner: “Safety Matters” Blog Ensures Hospitals Learn From Their Mistakes

It’s no secret that medical errors are a growing concern in hospitals across the country. According to a recent study, they are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. While the ultimate goal is to reduce medication errors…

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News Corner: Increasing Healthcare Security Should Take Purchasing Precedence

In an attempt to better patient care, lighten nurse workloads, and improve hospital business, many facilities are upgrading their technology. This spend for technology for most hospitals, according to a recent study by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives,…

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News Corner: Telemedicine + Multistate Nursing Licensing = A Threat to Patient Safety?

Technology is often seen as a savior in times of crises. However, in the world of nursing it’s actually contributing to one. Due to advances in technology, the telemedicine industry is expected to reach $1.9 billion in 2018. This is…

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News Corner: IT Attention Needed to Address Top Patient Safety Concerns

While technology in the hospital is largely invisible from the patient perspective, if implemented correctly, it can make a big difference in the quality of care patients receive. To view a tangible example of the importance of this technology in…

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News Corner: Lack of Initiative Minimizes Ability to Catch Medication Errors

A significant amount of time and money is spent in hospitals each year to implement technology to reduce medication errors and improve patient safety. However, if the technology is not fully functional, facilities may not be benefiting as they had…

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News Corner: Best Practices to Prevent Drug Diversion

Following a series of public punishments from the DEA for drug diversion at hospitals and health systems nationwide, it’s time to stop viewing drug diversion as an uncommon practice. Instead, hospital and health system leaders need to recognize that “Drug…

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News Corner: Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs: Guidelines or Requirements?

Over 10 years after the publication of the 2004 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Alert, “Preventing Occupational Exposure to Antineoplastic and Other Hazardous Drugs in Health Care Settings,” there remains a lack of emphasis on safe handling…

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News Corner: NQF Guidelines Support HIT Innovation and Patient Safety

Health IT continues to skyrocket, supporting hospitals and providers as they strive for increased efficiency and cost savings. However, throughout this progress, the patient cannot be forgotten. The National Quality Forum (NQF) has released their “Identification and Prioritization of Health…

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