Tag: "safety"

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Grocery Labeling – who will require? Associations, States or the FDA?

Grocery Labeling – who will require? Associations, States or the FDA?

Food industry seeks its own GMO labels People who want to know more about genetically modified ingredients in their food would be able to get it on some packages, but not others, under a plan the industry is pushing. Large food companies worried they might be forced to add “genetically modified” to packaging are proposing […]

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Hand soap anti-bacterial claims must be proven, reformulated, relabeled or removed from the market – FDA revisiting safety

Hand soap anti-bacterial claims must be proven, reformulated, relabeled or removed from the market – FDA revisiting safety

Prove it, FDA tells makers of anti-bacterial soap After more than 40 years of study, the U.S. government says it has found no evidence that common anti-bacterial soaps prevent the spread of germs, and regulators want the makers of Dawn, Dial and other household staples to prove that their products do not pose health risks […]

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Political Interference in Scientific Work – Canada

Political Interference in Scientific Work – Canada

Muzzling of federal scientists widespread, survey suggests 4,000 responded to survey commissioned by PIPSC to gauge political interference in science Hundreds of federal scientists said in a survey that they had been asked to exclude or alter technical information in government documents for non-scientific reasons, and thousands said they had been prevented from responding to the media or […]

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Your SUV May Not Be The Tank You Thought You Paid For - Chrysler to recall 630,000 SUVs

Your SUV May Not Be The Tank You Thought You Paid For – Chrysler to recall 630,000 SUVs

Chrysler to recall 630,000 SUVs worldwide Models at risk include Patriots, Compasses, and V-6 Wranglers It helps to have a fix. And, Chrysler would say, a problem. In a week that it didn’t need any more negative attention on its Jeep brand, Chrysler says it will do two Jeep recalls totaling 630,000 vehicles worldwide. The […]

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Best & Worst Hospital Ranks for Patient Safety

Best & Worst Hospital Ranks for Patient Safety

How hospitals score on patient safety Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit health care quality organization, issued its Spring 2013 update to its Hospital Safety Score last week. The report issued A to F grades to more than 2,500 general hospitals in the U.S. regarding patient safety (Leapfrog provides a tool you can use to compare […]

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Reporting Adverse Patient Safety Events

Reporting Adverse Patient Safety Events – 3/6/13

athenahealth proposes patient safety code of conduct HIMSS13 isn’t all about flashy product announcements and schmoozing over cocktails: there are serious healthcare issues to address, and patient safety is at the top of the list.  After all, the ultimate goal of health IT is to keep patients healthier and reduce the potential for life-threatening errors, […]

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CMS Patient Quality Monitoring Measures Insufficient

CMS Patient Quality Monitoring Measures Insufficient – 1/20/13

Does CMS’ Proposed Quality Measure on Patient Monitoring Adequately Address Patient Safety? CMS is considering a proposed quality measure that would require “appropriate monitoring of patients receiving [patient-controlled analgesia].” This measure seeks to address the high number of errors that occur with PCA, which unfortunately research shows happens all too frequently. The Pennsylvania Patient Safety […]

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Patient Safety Scoring Called into Question

Patient Safety Scoring Called into Question – 1/20/13

Hospital investigation challenges Leapfrog patient safety score data Plenty of hospital administrators aren’t happy about their Leapfrog Group hospital safety scores. Leaders at Texas County Memorial Hospital did something about it. The Houston, Mo., hospital was one of 25 hospitals to earn an F from the Leapfrog Group. Confident the grade was unfair, TCMH purchased […]

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Food Safety Rules Tied To FSMA

Obama’s FSMA Food Safety Rules Being Set Aside – 1/13/13

Food Safety Rules Tied To FSMA May Be Ignored By Industry President Barack Obama came into office during one of the worst salmonella outbreaks in United States history, in which at least 700 people fell ill after eating tainted peanut butter. Days after his inauguration, he pledged to make peanut butter (and all American food) […]

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Clinical Quality Patient Safety Issues

Clinical Quality Patient Safety Issues – 1/6/13

10 Top Patient Safety Issues for ASCs and Hospitals for 2013 2013 should be a busy year for patient safety experts at hospitals and surgery centers; as quality reporting requirements continue to go into effect, facilities will be expected to ramp up compliance programs and prove their progress. Here, three patient safety experts discuss the […]

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Demand for Food Safety Products

Demand for Food Safety Products – 12/9/12

Disease outbreaks and recalls to fuel food safety product demand Foodborne illness outbreaks and large product recalls will see demand for food safety products rise 8.4% per year to $18bn in 2016, according to Freedonia. Food processing plants will continue to account for the majority of the market but dairy and beverage sectors will also […]

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Lack of Humility and Fear of Public Misunderstandings Led to Fukushima Accident

Nuclear Disaster Due to Lack of Humility – 12/2/12

Lack of Humility and Fear of Public Misunderstandings Led to Fukushima Accident TOKYO—Speaking to a visiting committee of American experts, a Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) official conceded that the root causes of the Fukushima nuclear disaster stemmed from a lack of humility in anticipating the full effects of natural disasters and a reluctance to […]

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Food Is A Big Business

What Is Good for Consumers Is Good for Business – 11/25/12

Food Is A Big Business Food is a hot topic these days (no pun intended). Take, for instance, the recent election — on the ballot were hotly contested initiatives on mandatory labeling for genetically modified foods (California’s Prop 37) and two different initiatives taxing sugary drinks and sodas (Measure N — Richmond, CA and Measure […]

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Obamacare Displaces Patient Safety in Hospital CEO Priorities

Obamacare Displaces Patient Safety in Hospital CEO Priorities – 11/10/12

Where hospital CEOs’ concerns lie What are the top three concerns among hospital CEOs? Most people would feel confident saying patient safety and quality was a top concern; however it wasn’t selected from among the list of categories. According to an American College of Healthcare Executives study, the three topics that hospital CEOs said were […]

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Call to Action Safeguarding the Integrity of Healthcare Quality and Safety Systems

Call to Action Safeguarding the Integrity of Healthcare Quality and Safety Systems

The National Association for Healthcare Quality, an organization dedicated to improve healthcare quality and safety, recognizes an urgent need to protect professional integrity and assure that all healthcare professionals can express concerns about quality and safety without fear of retaliation. A strong and just safety culture is imperative to achieve our shared aim of providing […]

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Patients Rallied To Fight Regulation

Patients Rallied To Fight Regulation – 10/20/12

How Compounding Pharmacies Rallied Patients To Fight Regulation   When senators met nearly a decade ago to consider the dangers of pharmacies that mix or alter drugs with little federal oversight, health officials briefed them on some alarming findings about the safety and efficacy of drugs made by these “compounding pharmacies.” Dr. Steven Galson, a […]

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What Protects Us Vs Food Recalls - 10/20/12

What Protects Us Vs Food Recalls – 10/20/12

In wake of food recalls, what’s keeping us safe? This summer, Giant Food stores across the Delmarva Peninsula gave managers a nightmarish puzzle. A massive tomato recall forced the grocer to determine where tomatoes had originated and which stores the tomatoes had been shipped to, said Terry McGowan, director of food safety and quality assurance […]

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educated hospital patient

An educated consumer is the best hospital patient – 10/14/12

An educated consumer is the best hospital patient Last August, Consumer Reports magazine created quite a stir. That CR issue revealed its assessment of hospital safety across the nation. It included a safety report that ranked patient safety at a sampling of New York State hospitals. CR’s low safety rating of some local and area […]

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Patient safety improves when leaders walk the safety talk

Study Offers Support Of Leaders’ Behavioral Integrity – 9/28/12

Patient safety improves when leaders walk the safety talk UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — When nurses feel safe admitting to their supervisors that they’ve made a mistake regarding a patient, they are more likely to report the error, which ultimately leads to a stronger commitment to safe practices and a reduction in the error rate, according […]

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disaster recovery plan

Disaster Recovery Offshore – 8/11/12

BPO workers can call it a day during bad weather–Palace   Call-center agents in the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector cannot be made to go to work amid heavy monsoon rains that have been battering Metro Manila (National Capital Region or NCR) in the last few days, Malacanang said on Tuesday. It suspended work in […]

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Emergency calls dropped – 7/24/12

Emergency calls dropped at ISP Du Quoin call center Gov. Pat Quinn’s Illinois State Police communications consolidation reportedly hit a snag Monday when phone lines were “up and down” all day in Du Quoin. The chief steward for American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees telecommunications workers at Du Quoin, Cathy Bencini, said calls […]