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Deaths from Alzheimer’s increase 50 percent

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COPD National Action Plan aims to reduce the...

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CDC offers new course on preventing transmission of...

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Antibiotic therapy for nearly 1 in 4 adults...

Approximately one in four (22.1 percent) adults prescribed an antibiotic in an outpatient setting...

One in 5 cancers diagnosed in the United...

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Class I Recall: HeartMate II LVAS Pocket System...

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Family history of Alzheimer’s may alter metabolic gene...

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Driving Productivity with Simulation: A Central Sterile Department’s Success

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The Surgical department of a hospital system was growing rapidly through the addition of a Women's Center and expanding their surgical programs. Their 37 ORs were supported by a Sterile Processing Department that recognized productivity improvements were necessary to meet the increasing surgical caseload....

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Cultivating a culture of safety

Medical mistakes are also referred to as Never Events — and for an obvious reason — they should never happen. But they do. What can we do to stop them from happening?

Sunny skies for surging supply chain salaries

Compensation for healthcare supply chain professionals appears to be barreling full-steam ahead toward an occupational milestone, a barrier that may be breached by 2020.

Are supply chain salary spikes shortchanging potential?

Five prominent and recognized industry veterans share their viewpoints on compensation trends as part of HPN’s 40th anniversary.

Getting to the point of point of use

Yearning for universal device, equipment and process interoperability, Supply Chain and Surgical Services aim to implement goal in several ways.

Data as a chain linked fence protecting patients?

In an ideal world with information technology interconnectivity, device interoperability and universally implemented service and supply data standards, a patient’s journey through the healthcare facility from admission to discharge, check-ups and payment would be as fluid and flexible as possible with the secure electronic transmission data.

Optimizing reprocessing

CS/SPD departments that have successfully improved their reprocessing turnover shared the practices, tools and services they use to achieve their goals.

Considering a higher level of quality for scopes

June 2017
CBSPD Expiration: May 31, 2022
IAHCSMM Expiration: April 30, 2020

Handling explants; inspecting insulated instruments

Sterile processing expert Ray Taurasi fields questions about explants, insulated instrument care and keeping house in the SPD.

Strategies for attaining a CS culture of excellence

Top tips from sterile processing manager Monique Jelks for building a CS culture based on positivity, effective engagement and enduring quality.

Progress against pathogens is promising though preliminary

A successful infection prevention strategy requires a dedicated and diverse team, strict adherence to evidence-based practices, and effective products and services.

Today's Headlines

• Deaths from Alzheimer's increase 50 percent
• COPD National Action Plan aims to reduce the burden of the third leading cause of death
• CDC offers new course on preventing transmission of C. difficile
• Antibiotic therapy for nearly 1 in 4 adults with pneumonia does not work
• One in 5 cancers diagnosed in the United States is a rare cancer
• Class I Recall: HeartMate II LVAS Pocket System Controller by Abbott-Thoratec
• Family history of Alzheimer's may alter metabolic gene that increases risk for disease
• Johns Hopkins study shows one of the deadliest hospital-acquired infections is preventable
• HPN wishes a wonderful Memorial Day weekend to our readers
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Fast Stats

June 2017

After researchers evaluated the medical records of 185,014 patients aged 66 years or older who sought care from a primary care doctor for nonbacterial acute upper respiratory infections (AURIs), they found that late-career physicians were more likely to prescribe antibiotics compared to those in early- or mid-career. Doctors who practiced at high-volume centers (more than 45 patients per day) were also more likely to prescribe antibiotics. A total of 8,990 unique physicians were studied and the AURIs reviewed included common cold, acute bronchitis, acute sinusitis, or acute laryngitis.


of patients studied were prescribed antibiotics.



of antibiotic prescribers were late-career physicians.



of patients who received antibiotics were more likely to have acute bronchitis.



of patients who received antibiotics were also prescribed antibiotics the previous year.



of prescriptions were broad spectrum antibiotics, the most commonly prescribed antibiotic type. This contradicts current clinical guidelines, which do not recommend broad spectrum antibiotics for any of the AURIs included in the study.



of antibiotics prescribed in the outpatient setting — among all age groups — are unnecessary.


2 million

people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.



people die from antibiotic-resistant infections.


Source: Annals of Internal Medicine; May 8, 2017; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.