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The Joint Commission recently announced that they have updated some categories and definitions in their 2015 Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Behavioral Health Care (CAMBHC) glossary.
The changes are as follows:
- Under the category "Community-based home(s)" there is a new definition:
- "Three or fewer individuals living in community-based housing arranged as a required component of care, treatment or services provided by the organization. Housing may include apartments, condominiums, townhouses, and group homes owned, rented or leased by the organization with three or fewer residents in each living unit. They may be staffed up to 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or not staffed."
- Under the category "Foster care, adult" there is a revised definition:
- "A living arrangement where an adult resides as a means of providing protection, shelter and care. These living arrangements are in private, single residences. This living arrangement may require licensure by state authority."
- Under the category "In-home services" there is a revised definition:
- "In-home behavioral health care services many include individual and family counseling, mobile crises evaluation, parent training, early intervention, support, or in-home respite services provided to the primary caretaker(s)."
The National Vaccine Program Office and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with support from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in the Department of Health and Human Services, created a web-based toolkit to provide easily accessible tools and resources for managers in long-term care (LTC) facilities to improve influenza vaccination coverage among their personnel.
This new comprehensive toolkit includes a number of useful resources, tools and information to help close the gap in vaccination of healthcare personnel in LTC facilities such as:
- Guidance documents, campaign materials, and educational resources to share with managers and staff.
- Community best practices for achieving high influenza vaccination among staff.
- A chart of common barriers to influenza vaccination in these settings with recommended strategies for overcoming specific barriers.
- An easy to follow guide on the Affordable Care Act role in increasing access to influenza vaccination in this population, and so much more.
Follow the link below to access the toolkit.
Baxter Voluntarily Initiates U.S. Recall of Two Lots of Sodium Chloride Injection, USP Due to the Presence of Particulate Matter
Baxter International Inc. is informing the public of a voluntary recall in the United States of two lots of 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection USP in 100 mL MINI-BAG PLUS Container to the hospital/user level. The recall is being initiated as a result of two complaints (one per lot) of particulate matter that was identified as a fragment of the frangible from the vial adapter. The issue was identified upon standard visual inspection prior to patient administration.
Intravenous administration of a solution containing sterile particulate matter may lead to adverse health consequences. The extent and severity of harm depends on the size, number, and composition of the foreign material, and the patient's underlying medical condition. In the absence of in-line filtration, particles may cause: local vein irritation, inflammatory reaction, aggravation of preexisting infections, allergic reactions, and systemic embolization (blockage of blood vessels, which can result in stroke, heart attack, or damage to other organs such as the kidney or liver). There have been no reported adverse events for the affected lots.
0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection USP in 100 mL MINI-BAG PLUS Container is a sterile, nonpyrogenic solution for intravenous administration after admixture with a single dose powdered drug. Please see the recall notice, link below, for the specific recalled lot numbers. Unaffected lot numbers can continue to be used according to the instructions for use.
According to the 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection USP in 100 mL MINI-BAG PLUS Container product labeling, the product should be inspected visually for particulate matter and discoloration whenever solution and container permit.
Baxter has notified customers, who are being directed not to use product from the recalled lots. Recalled product should be returned to Baxter for credit by contacting Baxter Healthcare Center for Service at 1-888-229-0001, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Central Time. Unaffected lots of product are available for replacement.
Consumers with questions regarding this recall can call Baxter at 1-800-422-9837, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Central Time, or e-mail Baxter at firstname.lastname@example.org. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to using this drug product.
This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Featured Policy Library Manuals
MCN's NEW Ambulatory Surgical Center/Outpatient Surgery Department Policy and Procedure Manual is cross referenced to TJC standards, AAAHC standards and CMS regulations. Policies and procedures meet AORN and CDC recommendations and guidelines. This comprehensive reference guide has over 290 policies and procedures that are ready to customize to your organization. See also the Administrative Manual for Ambulatory Care Facilities and the Ambulatory Services EOC Manual.Read more »
MCN's Central Service Policy and Procedure Manual provides over 200 proven, up-to-date policies and procedures in a ready-to-customize format. This manual is cross referenced to federal regulations, as well as Joint Commission and NIAHO standards. References used include AAMI Recommended Practices, IAHCSMM Central Service Technical Manual, ASHCSP Training Manual for Health Care Central Service Technicians and AORN Recommended Practices.Read more »
MCN's Post Anesthesia Care Policy and Procedure Manual is a comprehensive resource that covers the latest "hot topic" regulatory and patient safety issues that are relevant to PACU! This manual includes administrative, operational, functional and patient-centered policies and procedures. Policies and procedures are cross-referenced to CMS regulations, Joint Commission standards and NIAHO standards.Read more »