Advocacy Updates

07/21/2016

CDC warns of possible Gonorrhea resistance to azithromycin

Gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported notifiable disease in the United States. Since 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended dual therapy with a single dose of 250 mg of intramuscular ceftriaxone in combination with 1 gram of oral azithromycin. However, surveillance data suggest that azithromycin resistance might be emerging. … Continue reading “CDC warns of possible Gonorrhea resistance to azithromycin”

07/21/2016

FDA approves ASP’s EvoTech ECR AER for duodenoscope reprocessing

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that ASP’s EvoTech ECR automated endoscope reprocessor (AER) now shows adequate validation test results for open channel duodenoscopes in addition to closed channel duodenoscopes. FDA provides updated AER evaluation information on its AER web page.

07/21/2016

PharmaTech recalls contaminated oral liquid docusate sodium

PharmaTech LLC, Davie, Florida, is voluntarily recalling all non-expired lots of Diocto Liquid, a docusate sodium solution, due to Burkholderia cepacia contamination. B. cepacia is a bacteria linked to an outbreak in five states. The product is distributed by Rugby Laboratories, Livonia, Michigan. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received several adverse event … Continue reading “PharmaTech recalls contaminated oral liquid docusate sodium”

07/20/2016

Reminder: August 15 deadline for CMS quality reporting programs

Please remember that August 15 is the deadline for National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) reporting for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) quality reporting programs in the following care settings: Acute care hospitals – 2016 Quarter 1 data for: •CLABSI – ICU, NICU, adult and pediatric medical, surgical, and medical/surgical wards •CAUTI – ICU, … Continue reading “Reminder: August 15 deadline for CMS quality reporting programs”

07/05/2016

ONC report recommends strategies to ensure safe use of health IT systems

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology announced the availability of two new reports on health IT safety. One report provides recent evidence of the benefits of health IT to patient safety. The other report gives recommendations and solutions for addressing potential patient safety … Continue reading “ONC report recommends strategies to ensure safe use of health IT systems”

06/30/2016

Take action now to ensure compatibility with new CDC websites

In September 2016, all CDC websites will be changed to secure websites. Secure websites are identified by the “s” in “https” of a URL. To be certain that you will continue to be able to access the NHSN website, please check your facility’s compatibility by going to the following website: https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/index.html (you may need to … Continue reading “Take action now to ensure compatibility with new CDC websites”

06/28/2016

Kidney/urinary tract infections among top ten conditions resulting in discharge to PAC

Nearly 40 percent of hospitalized patients with kidney and urinary tract infections were discharged to post-acute care (PAC), according to a recent statistical brief released by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Of those patients, more than half were discharged to skilled nursing facilities. The AHRQ analysis of 2013 discharges is the … Continue reading “Kidney/urinary tract infections among top ten conditions resulting in discharge to PAC”

06/27/2016

CDC alerts U.S. healthcare facilities to watch for C. auris in patients

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has received reports from international healthcare facilities that Candida auris, an emerging multidrug-resistant yeast, is causing invasive healthcare-associated infections with high mortality. Some strains of C. auris have elevated minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) to the three major classes of antifungals, severely limiting treatment options. C. auris requires … Continue reading “CDC alerts U.S. healthcare facilities to watch for C. auris in patients”