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Published: May 30, 2017

  • Joint Commission updates advisory on sterilization and high-level disinfection The Joint Commission has issued an advisory on safety actions to address the growing problem of improperly sterilized or high-level disinfected equipment. A checklist of recommended actions to help surgical facilities protect patients from the transmission of disease and bacterial agents includes competency and training, evidence-based guidelines and quality monitoring, among others.
  • Guidance on ransomware attacks available ECRI Institute has published free guidance to help hospitals identify and protect against ransomware attacks. The article includes a list of what ECRI calls "immediate do's and don'ts for quickly responding to emerging threats."
  • Enhanced recovery after surgery Twenty hospitals within the Kaiser Permanente health system that implemented the enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) program for patients who underwent elective colorectal resection or emergency hip fracture repair realized shorter hospital stays and fewer post-op complications, according to research published in JAMA Surgery. The ERAS program focuses on enhancing patients' perioperative pain management, mobility, nutrition and engagement.
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