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Improper sterilization and high-level disinfection of equipment challenges organizations(Comments Off on Improper sterilization and high-level disinfection of equipment challenges organizations)

August 2, 2017

The causes and effects of substandard sterilization and disinfection, including lack of training and access to evidence-based guidelines, are described.

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Joint Commission releases data on challenging requirements for OBS practices

Solutions for complying with office-based surgery standards, specifically those related to clinical privileges and infection control, are summarized.

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Time-outs and their role in improving safety and quality in surgery

Errors related to misuse of time-outs and checklists as determined by The Joint Commission are highlighted as is the theme of this year’s National Time Out Day.

Figure 1. 11 tenets of a safety culture

Leadership is crucial to establishing safety culture, reducing adverse events

Developing a culture of safety begins with incorporating lessons learned from adverse events and near misses in order to prevent future harm.


New resources for surgeons to obtain true informed consent

New informed consent resources developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and The Joint Commission are summarized.

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