March 17, 2015
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1. Help AHRMM Improve Your Weekly e-Newsletter
AHRMM is always looking to improve the benefits we provide for members.  In pursuit of this goal we are looking for feedback on your weekly e-newsletter, AHRMM eNews.
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2. Last Chance to Register for Tomorrow’s PPI Webinar: Changing the Game
Health systems are continually challenged to drastically reduce Physician Preference Item (PPI) supply expenses, and the traditional methods to achieve this are no longer sustainable.  Innovative approaches to achieving PPI expense reduction is needed to truly drive operating costs down.  This live webinar provides an overview of an implemented approach to PPI, and the results achieved.
Click here for more information on tomorrow’s webinar and register ASAP.
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3. Only Six Weeks Left to Submit Leading Practices on Reducing HAIs
Support and guide supply chain professionals by sharing your knowledge and success in fighting hospital-acquired conditions (HACs)!
AHRMM is continuing to build the CQO Leading Practice Repository with the newest call for submissions. This latest call for leading practices will be for initiatives that directly or indirectly reduce HACs across any category.  Direct initiatives would be those specifically focused on a hospital-acquired condition, while an indirect initiative example would be increasing hand hygiene compliance leading to a reduction in hospital-acquired conditions.  View the list of 11 HAC categories outlined by CMS.
Submission deadline is April 30, 2015
Looking for guidance on what constitutes a Leading Practice or how to submit?  Contact AHRMM and we’ll help you through the process!  Email ahrmm@aha.org or call (312) 422-3840 for assistance. 
Benefits of Sharing Your Knowledge
  • Materials may reflect the branding (logo and identifying information) of the originator.
  • Selected materials will be shared with the public via AHRMM's website in the Leading Practices Repository.
  • Two selections will be offered the opportunity to present their leading practice as a Learning Lab presentation at AHRMM15.
  • Selections chosen for Learning Lab presentations will be highlighted in Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions magazine and referenced in all relevant press (press releases, AHRMM communications, etc.).
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4. New AHRMM On-Demand Recordings Available
Missed a recent live webinar?  Interested in listening to a previous AHRMM Annual Conference Session?  Gain immediate access to recordings, exams, surveys, and certificates all in one place/stop with AHRMM's on-demand recordings.
Check out the five newest on-demand recordings made available for your learning convenience: 
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5. HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition – AHRMM Member Discount
The 2015 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition, April 12-16 in Chicago, brings together 38,000+ healthcare IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world.  Information is essential to health transformation. At HIMSS15, you'll find the resources, people and ideas that enable you to transform health through the power of information; through innovation, engagement, leadership, connectivity and more.   As AHRMM is an Endorser and one of the expert resources at HIMSS15, members are eligible to receive the member discount to attend the conference.
To receive the discount, go to the online registration.  Then, select our organization from the “Conference Endorsing Organizations” drop down in the registration process. Enter the Endorser Number: 2015.
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6. AHRMM Congratulates New CMRPs
AHRMM congratulates the following individuals for receiving their Certified Materials & Resource Professional (CMRP) credentials in February 2015:
  • Joe Castanon, Tomball, TX
  • Joseph Eppolito, Levittown, PA
  • Michelle Garrison, Miami, FL
  • Daniela Kulyas, San Antonio, TX
  • Monica Lavega, Woodside, NY
  • Casey Murphy, Fredericksburg, VA
  • James Neeley, Birmingham, AL
  • Elaine Prince, Birmingham, AL
  • Corey Schmidt, Liberty, MO
  • Robin Skillman, Pendleton, OR
  • Beverly Sprout, Ephrata, PA
  • Nina Tryon, West Plains, MO
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7. Term of the Week
Disaster Recovery Planning Contingency planning specifically related to recovering hardware and software (e.g. data centers, application software, operations, personnel, telecommunications) in information system outages. Critical for healthcare institutions for patient information and critical supplies
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’ll provide the definition if you provide the term!
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8. Additional Americans Under Observation for Potential Ebola Exposure
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and State Department are helping to privately transport to the U.S. additional Americans who may have been exposed to Ebola virus in Sierra Leone, CDC said in an update Saturday. Four individuals will be placed in quarantine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. "In the unlikely instance that one of them does develop symptoms, we would take them to the [hospital’s] Biocontainment Unit immediately for evaluation and treatment,” said Phil Smith, M.D, the unit’s medical director. Other returning individuals will be near the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, or Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, CDC said. They will follow CDC’s recommended monitoring and movement guidelines during the 21-day incubation period, including direct active monitoring and appropriate voluntary self-isolation, and will be transported to an Ebola treatment center for evaluation and care if they show symptoms, the agency said. The returning Americans may have been exposed to the virus through, or in a manner similar to, a U.S. health care worker who recently tested positive for Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone, CDC said. That patient is in critical condition at NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda.
Source: AHA News Now – March 16, 2015
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9. Agencies Issue Guidance for Duodenoscope and Other Reusable Device Makers
On March 12, the Food and Drug Administration issued final guidance for makers of reusable duodenoscopes and other reprocessed medical devices aimed at assuring that their cleaning and disinfection or sterilization instructions consistently reduce microbial contamination. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an interim protocol for healthcare facilities wishing to use routine culturing to assess the adequacy of duodenoscope reprocessing. The FDA guidance lists six criteria manufacturers should address in their reprocessing instructions for users. In addition, the agency said manufacturers seeking to bring to market certain reusable devices (such as duodenoscopes, bronchoscopes and endoscopes) should submit for review their data validating the effectiveness of their reprocessing methods and instructions. FDA last month issued safety recommendations to prevent possible microbial infections from reprocessed reusable duodenoscopes – flexible, lighted tubes that are threaded through the mouth into the small intestine to drain fluids from blocked pancreatic and biliary ducts.
Source: AHA News Now – March 12, 2015
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10. FDA Announces Reprocessing Medical Devices in Healthcare Settings: Validation Methods and Labeling Final Guidance
On March 12, the FDA published a final guidance on reprocessing reusable medical devices. This guidance is a step toward further reducing the risk of patient infection by providing manufacturers with recommendations to validate their reprocessing instructions to ensure devices remain safe and effective for reuse. 
This final guidance includes:
  • General considerations for reusable medical device design and reprocessing instructions in device labeling;
  • Six specific criteria that manufacturers should address in reprocessing instructions;
  • Recommended reprocessing validation methods designed to clean, disinfect and sterilize reusable medical devices; and
  • A subset of medical devices for which 510(k) submissions should include protocols and complete test reports of the validation of the reprocessing instructions to demonstrate that reprocessing methods and instructions are adequate. The Reprocessing of Reusable Medical Devices website has been updated to highlight this device subset.  
The final guidance document will be discussed during an FDA webinar on March 24, 2015. The webinar is intended to help manufacturers and other interested stakeholders understand the recommendations described in this final guidance document.   
Following a brief presentation, the FDA will respond to manufacturer’s questions regarding this guidance document.
Webinar details:
Registration is not necessary.
Date: Tuesday March 24, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM-2:30 PM, Eastern Time (please connect by 12:45 PM)
To hear the presentation and ask questions:
Dial: 888-324-3908; passcode: 7495402 | International: 1-312-470-7226; passcode: 7495402
To view the slide presentation during the webinar:
If you have any questions regarding this guidance document, please contact CDRH’s Division of Industry and Consumer Education (DICE) at dice@fda.hhs.gov, 1-800-638-2041, or 301-796-7100.
Source: The U.S. Food & Drug Administration – March 12, 2015
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11. Medical Recall: Hospira Issues a Voluntary Nationwide Recall of One Lot of Lactated Ringer's Irrigation Due to Mold Contamination 
Hospira Issues a Voluntary Nationwide Recall of One Lot of Lactated Ringer's Irrigation Due to Mold Contamination 
Hospira, Inc. (NYSE: HSP), announced on March 11 it is initiating a voluntary recall of one lot of Lactated Ringer's Irrigation, 3000mL (NDC 0409-7828-08, Lot 40-008-JT; Expiry 1APR2016) to the user level (both human and veterinary) due to a confirmed customer report of several dark, fibrous particulates floating within the solution of the primary container. The particulate was confirmed as a common non-toxic, non-invasive mold, Aspergillus kanagawaensis.
Source: The U.S. Food & Drug Administration Daily Digest – March 13, 2015
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12. Free Webinar for AHRMM Members this Thursday
Presented by HFMA 
Co-sponsored by AHRMM and 
Today’s supply chain must provide end-users with actionable information to make the right supply decisions for the financial health of your organization.  This webinar reviews the industry data challenges healthcare organizations must overcome and methods to bring control to the front-end of your procurement process. Learn more about this upcoming webinar and register today.
Date: March 19, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm CT (3:00 ET, 1:00 MT, 12:00 pm PT)
Cost:  FREE
CPE: 1.5
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The Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) of the American Hospital Association is the leading national association for executives in the healthcare materials management profession. Founded in 1951, AHRMM prepares its more than 4,300 members to contribute to the field and advance the profession through the intersection of cost, quality, and outcomes via networking, education, recognition, and advocacy. AHRMM continues its commitment to keep members ahead of the learning curve by providing information and resources to not only assist them in their current positions, but also to prepare them for upcoming challenges and opportunities. Please email us at ahrmm@aha.org or call (312) 422-3840 if you need additional information on these stories or any of AHRMM's products and services.
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