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Senate unveils secretive GOP Obamacare repeal plan, with...

Senate Republicans on Thursday unveiled a sweeping plan to roll back the Affordable Care...

Theranos, Walgreens to settle lawsuit for less than...

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In just one year, nearly 1.3 million Americans...

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‘Breast cancer genes’: How much do they increase...

Women who carry genetic mutations in the "breast cancer genes," called BRCA1 and BRCA2,...

Trump drug pricing order may be weeks away

The White House may wait until after the Senate calls a vote on health...

ASP receives FDA Clearance for 30-minute biological indicator...

Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP) announced it has received FDA clearance for its 30-minute STERRAD...

Hänel Storage Systems Chief Executive receives Patriotic Employer...

Hänel Storage Systems announced that its Chief Executive, Brian Cohen, has been recognized by...

Merck and Premier Inc. expand collaboration to address...

Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, and Premier Inc., have...

One in five Medicare patients returns to the...

As many as one in five older Medicare patients returns to the hospital after...


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....


Researching the Right Disinfectant for Your Facility Without Damaging Instruments or...

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This whitepaper discusses the importance of surface disinfectants in the struggle against HAIs, and the importance of making sure those disinfectants are effective while safe on clinical surfaces.  This paper presents thirteen questions to consider when selecting a disinfectant, such as contact time and surface compatibility...

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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.  

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.

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• Senate unveils secretive GOP Obamacare repeal plan, with a vote likely next week
• Theranos, Walgreens to settle lawsuit for less than $30 million
• In just one year, nearly 1.3 million Americans needed hospital care for opioid-related issues
• 'Breast cancer genes': How much do they increase cancer risk?
• Trump drug pricing order may be weeks away
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• Hänel Storage Systems Chief Executive receives Patriotic Employer Award
• Merck and Premier Inc. expand collaboration to address chronic care and vaccination rate
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- CMS proposes QPP updates to increase flexibility and reduce burdens
- Beckman Coulter Diagnostics expands chemistry menu to include FDA-cleared Procalcitonin
- Fall Prevention Innovation Challenge Winners Announced By AARP Services, UnitedHealthcare
- G.O.P. rift over Medicaid and Opioids imperils Senate Health Bill
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- As America's malls wither, medical facilities move in
- New CDC data shows gaps remain in surveillance for mosquitoes that transmit Zika
- Dems step up attacks on GOP ObamaCare bill
- Surgery patients placed in alternate ICUs due to crowding get less attention from doctors
- Low-dose aspirin may reduce breast cancer risk
- New blood test may pave way to precision treatment for prostate cancer
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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.