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Webinar March 21 - Free for Members and Non-Members
The Impact of Supply Chain Processes on OR Time, Efficiency & Overall Cost
Register for the upcoming webinar to discover how process improvements in the OR can lead to a system that is more cost-effective and marketable as a result of operational effectiveness, patient experience, and physician and staff satisfaction.
Invite your colleagues to attend! This webinar is FREE for members and non-members.
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This webinar is sponsored by:
Nexera, Inc.
A sponsor of the CQO Movement.
Term of the Month
The Situation, Background, Assessment and Recommendation (SBAR) technique has become the Joint Commission's stated industry best practice for standardized communication in healthcare; effortlessly structuring critical information primarily for spoken delivery. Regular use of SBAR is an important part of any organization's Crew Resource Management (CRM) family of skills; helping caregivers function as effective team members while establishing a culture of quality, patient safety and high reliability. SBAR promotes quality and patient safety, primarily because it helps individuals communicate with each other with a shared set of expectations. Staff and physicians use SBAR to share patient information in a clear, complete, concise, and structured format; improving communication efficiency and accuracy.
Take a moment to peruse AHRMM’s Healthcare Supply Chain Lexicon. Do you have a term to suggest to make this a more robust and valuable resource? If so, click here. We will provide the definition if you provide the term.
Survey Finds Better Supply Chain Management Leads To Better Quality of Care
Better hospital supply chain management leads to better quality of care and supports patient safety, according to a new Cardinal Health survey of hospital staff and decision makers. The survey also found that supply chain tasks are impacting frontline clinicians.
Source: HPN Daily Update– February 28, 2017
Hospital’s Program Reduces Nuisance Alarms 30 Percent
Nurses at Palomar Health in California were part of a study designed to reduce alarm fatigue. The results of that study were reviewed in a recent webinar from the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation.
Source: HFM This Week– February 24, 2017
CMS Extends Transitional Policy for Non-Grandfathered Coverage
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last Thursday announced it will extend its transitional policy for non-grandfathered coverage in the small group and individual health insurance markets to policy years beginning on or before Oct. 1, 2018, provided that all such policies end by Dec. 31, 2018.
Source: AHA News Now – February 23, 2017
NIH Testing Vaccine to Protect Against Mosquito-Borne Diseases
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has launched a clinical trial to test an investigational vaccine designed to protect against a range of mosquito-transmitted diseases – such as Zika, malaria and West Nile and dengue fevers – by triggering an immune response to mosquito saliva.
Source: AHA News Now – February 22, 2017
The Joint Commission launches Medication Compounding Certification
Across the United States, patient safety and quality events related to medication compounding have led many state legislatures and boards of pharmacy to enhance and strengthen regulations. To support health care organizations in complying with these requirements, The Joint Commission has developed a new Medication Compounding Certification program.
Source: HPN Daily Update – February 22, 2017
AHRMM Fellow Program – Reach the Highest Level of Achievement 
Only presented to Certified Materials & Resource Professionals (CMRP) and current members, AHRMM Fellow (FAHRMM) is designated to those who have excelled in specific areas of the supply chain and have submitted an approved, original, unpublished paper on a current aspect of materials or supply chain management.
Visit www.ahrmm.org/Fellow for FAHRMM designation requirements and additional information on the program.
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