Archive September 2009

[AIDS]-FDA Notifications

Sep30

New pediatric guidelines published by NIH, CDCNew guidelines, published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are available through the AIDSinfo web site to assist health care workers in preventing and treating the secondary infections that can afflict U.S. children exposed to, or infected with, HIV.The […]

[EDN]-It’s official: More stroke patients must now be given thrombolytics in your ED

Sep30

It’s official: More stroke patients must now be given thrombolytics in your EDED nurses are using new protocolsThe day started out routinely: A 77-year-old man had breakfast with his wife, who left at 8:45 a.m. to run errands and returned at 11 a.m. "She noticed immediately that he had obvious difficulty speaking," says Alexandra Graves, […]

[DUR]-Hospitals tracking intervention data find huge cost avoidance, savings

Sep30

Hospitals tracking intervention data find huge cost avoidance, savingsSome use information to lobby for new PharmDsHospital systems traditionally have been unaware of the financial benefits of having clinical pharmacists providing care interventions. Everyone has agreed there are safety and quality improvement advantages to dedicating resources to clinical pharmacy salaries, but the cost savings were overlooked.Well […]

[CTU]-Sterilization update: Two options now approved as transcervical procedures

Sep30

Sterilization update: Two options now approved as transcervical proceduresAdiana a choice for minimally invasive, nonincision sterilizationWomen who want a permanent form of birth control now have a new option. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Adiana permanent contraception system, manufactured by Hologic of Bedford, MA."While tubal ligation is the most common form […]

[DUR]-Experts offer these tips on how to get the most out of electronic program

Sep30

Experts offer these tips on how to get the most out of electronic programOptimize medication managementHospital system pharmacies can improve how they use electronic medication management and tracking programs by following expert advice.For example, some nonprofit hospitals might track information that will assist them in keeping their tax-exempt status."We track our hours of teaching, and […]

[DUR]-Software’s financial calculations give power to pharmacy staffing requests

Sep30

Software’s financial calculations give power to pharmacy staffing requestsHere’s how the dollar amounts are calculatedOne key to any electronic documentation tracking system is that it employs numbers that are meaningful to those using the program.But in the world of hospital pharmacy there have been few recognized strategies for calculating the financial cost of medication errors."When […]

[SDS]-SDS Accreditation Update: With Jan. 1 deadline bearing down, are you ready to comply with NPSG on infections?

Sep30

SDS Accreditation UpdateWith Jan. 1 deadline bearing down, are you ready to comply with NPSG on infections?Outpatient surgery managers in hospitals, surgery centers, and offices still have a lot of questions about The Joint Commission’s (TJC’s) National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) on reducing the risk of health care-acquired infections, despite the fact that this goal […]

[EDN]-Put a stop to dangerous practices for ED transports

Sep30

Put a stop to dangerous practices for ED transportsAn ED patient with an intravenous line with heparin medication being administered by pump was brought for an X-ray, but not by an ED nurse. The unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP) transporting the patient inadvertently opened the pump to remove the patient’s gown."This allowed free flow of the […]

[DUR]-Improve the efficiency of your antimicrobial stewardship program

Sep30

Improve the efficiency of your antimicrobial stewardship programFollow these guidelinesHospital and pharmacy leaders will be focusing more attention on antimicrobial stewardship in 2010 as this area is expected to receive increased regulatory scrutiny.Many hospitals have antimicrobial stewardship programs in place. But one question hospital pharmacists should be asking themselves is "How efficient and effective is […]

Research from R. Sadeghi and colleagues has provided new data on breast cancer

Sep30

2009 OCT 1 – (NewsRx.com) "We assessed the need for delayed lymphoscintigraphy imaging for sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy in stage I and II breast cancer patients using intradermal injection of Tc-99m-antimony sulfide colloid (see also Breast Cancer). Seventy-five patients with early-stage breast cancer were included in our study," scientists in Iran report."Periareolar intradermal injections […]