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Helpful MCN Healthcare Resources
Greatbatch, Inc. initiated a voluntary field corrective action for all Standard Offset Cup Impactors after an internal review determined that the sterilization recommendation in the Instructions for Use for the product did not meet requirements for sterility assurance, which has the potential to result in surgical infection. No incidents have been reported during clinical use of the product, nor have there been any reported adverse events.
This action impacts all Standard Offset Cup Impactors manufactured and distributed from 2004 to 2013. See the Press Release for a listing of affected products and part numbers.
Greatbatch has developed new sterilization recommendations that meet acceptable sterility assurance levels (AAMI ST79 standard) and has provided them to affected customers.
Greatbatch Inc. distributed Standard Offset Cup Impactors to customers in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Customers who have this product should immediately begin utilizing the new sterilization instructions. Customers with questions may contact the company via telephone at 763-951-8235.
Read the FDA MedWatch Safety Alert, including a link to the press release, at the link below.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued guidance for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals that are unable to implement the 2014 Edition of Certified Electronic Health Record technology in time to successfully demonstrate meaningful use for the 2014 reporting year.
Eligible professionals and eligible hospitals may be exempt from payment adjustments if they can show that demonstrating meaningful use would result in a significant hardship. To be considered for an exception, an eligible professional or eligible hospital must complete a Hardship Exception application along with proof of the hardship. If approved, the hardship exception is valid for one (1) payment year only. A new application must be submitted if the hardship continues for the following payment year. In no case may a provider be granted an exception for more than 5 years
Examples of acceptable hardship include:
- Infrastructure - Eligible hospitals must demonstrate that they are in an area without sufficient internet access or face insurmountable barriers to obtaining infrastructure (e.g., lack of broadband).
- New eligible hospitals - Eligible hospitals with new CMS Certification Numbers (CCNs) that would not have had time to become meaningful users can apply for a limited exception to payment adjustments. The hardship exception is limited to one full-year cost reporting period.
- Unforeseen Circumstances - Examples may include a natural disaster or other unforeseeable barrier.
- 2014 EHR Vendor Issues - The hospital's EHR vendor was unable to obtain 2014 certification or the hospital was unable to implement meaningful use due to 2014 EHR certification delays.
For more information and to access the hardship application, follow the link below.
Institute of Safe Medication Practices Best Practice for Patient Weight Measurement and Documentation
The Institute of Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) recently published the 2014-15 Targeted Medication Safety Best Practices for Hospitals with the goal of inspiring national adoption of consensus-based best practices for specific medication safety issues that have repeatedly caused harmful and sometimes fatal errors in patients. Today's StayAlert! Notice reviews the ISMP best medication safety practice recommendation to measure and express patient weight in metric units only.
According to ISMP, medication errors have occurred because of patient weight being documented in pounds and then having that weight confused with kilograms. Additionally, ISMP reports that numerous errors have been reported when health care providers convert weight from one measurement to another. ISMP states that the intent of the recommendation is to standardize the way health care providers communicate about patient weight measurement. Because official medication product labeling provides weight base dosing, using the metric units (grams [g] and kilograms [kg]) will eliminate confusion and potential errors.
ISMP recommends the following:
- Ensure that scales used for weighing patients are set and measure only in metric units.
- All current scales that measure patients in pounds should be replaced with ones that only measure in grams or kilograms.
- Ensure that computer information systems, pre-printed order forms and medication devices such as infusion pumps prompt for weight only in grams (for neonates) or kilograms.
- Discontinue and disallow the documentation of a patient's weight in pounds in all locations, instead document patient weight only using metric designations.
- Whenever possible, use measured weight rather than a stated, historical, or estimated weight.
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 »
The Administrative Manual for Ambulatory Care Facilities covers every topic your free-standing ambulatory care center will need, from Patient Assessment to Performance Improvement in one easy-to-use volume. This comprehensive manual includes over 340 comprehensive policies, procedures and forms to meet Joint Commission and AAAHC standards. MCN Healthcare cross-references the policies to the current TJC and AAAHC standards in the table of contents, so you don't have to!Read more »
For 26 years, MCN has been providing the most comprehensive Environment of Care policy and procedure manuals to the healthcare community. The Ambulatory Services Environment of Care Manual includes more than 475 comprehensive policies, procedures and forms that meet Joint Commission’s standards and the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care standards. The Ambulatory Services EOC Manual provides policies your organization needs to run your Environment of Care Program effectively.Read more »