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AHRMM NEWS
Apply for the CMRP Exam Scholarship – Open Through April 1
 
CMRPInvest in your career and receive your Certified Materials & Resource Professional (CMRP) certification. Up to 50 eligible AHRMM members who apply for the CMRP Scholarship between March 21, 2016 and April 1, 2016 will receive a voucher for the full CMRP exam fee. This is a limited-time, exclusive offer only available to active AHRMM members who meet the CMRP eligibility requirements.
 
Visit the Scholarship page for more information.
Physician Preference Series Kicks off Tomorrow – Last Chance to Save
 
It's time to change physician engagement in your facility. Join AHRMM tomorrow for Part 1 of the Physician Preference Two-Part Webinar Series to reframe supply chain and physician relationships as true partnerships.  Discover different methods that prepare you to have physician preference items conversations that impact value analysis and improve clinical outcomes.
 

Report from the March 2016 AHRMM Board Meeting is Now Available
 
Download the AHRMM Board Meeting Overview Report from March 3-4, 2016 here.
 
The report, compiled after each board meeting, is intended to keep members, chapter leaders, and collaborators informed about the work of the AHRMM Board. You can search previous Board Meeting Overview reports in the Leadership section on the AHRMM website.
Leadership Award Nominations
 
AHRMM is now accepting nominations from AHRMM members for the George R. Gossett Leadership Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Association. Nominations are due April 22, 2016.
 
Visit the Leadership Award Nominations page for more information, general criteria, and to download the Nomination Form.
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INDUSTRY NEWS
FDA Proposes Ban on Most Powdered Medical Gloves 
 
The Food and Drug Administration yesterday issued a proposed rule that would ban most powdered medical gloves in the United States. According to the agency, aerosolized glove powder on natural rubber latex gloves can carry proteins that may cause respiratory allergic reactions, while powdered synthetic gloves are associated with airway and wound inflammation and post-surgical adhesions, which are bands of fibrous scar tissue that form between internal organs and tissues.
 
Read the full release from the FDA. 
Source: AHA News Now – March 21, 2016

FDA Approves Emergency Use of New Zika Diagnostic Tool
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last Friday, that  the Food and Drug Administration has issued an Emergency Use Authorization for a new diagnostic tool that can detect whether an individual is currently infected with chikungunya, dengue or Zika, instead of having to perform separate tests for each virus.
 
Source: AHA News Now – March 18, 2016

Sentinel Event Statistics Updated, Released Through End of 2015
 
The Joint Commission updated its sentinel event statistics through the end of 2015. They reviewed a total of 936 sentinel events through the end of 2015. The 10 most frequently reported types of sentinel events and the 10 most frequently identified root causes (spanning several types of events) are shown in the Joint Commission’s release.
 
Source: HPN Daily Update – March 17, 2016

FDA Safety Communication: Olympus Duodenoscope Models TJF-160F and TJF-160VF Reprocessing Instructions Validated
 
Olympus Corporation of the Americas (Olympus) has issued updated, validated manual reprocessing instructions for the TJF-160F and TJF-160VF duodenoscope models (160 F/VF duodenoscope models) to replace those provided in the original device labeling. The FDA reviewed the updated reprocessing instructions and the validation data and determined that they meet the Agency's expectations. 
 
Read the full release from the FDA.
Source: HPN Daily Update – March 16, 2016

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AHRMM Mentor Program

Available only to AHRMM members, the AHRMM Mentor Program provides a six-month platform for healthcare supply chain professionals to connect with more experienced professionals in the field. There’s nothing more valuable than experience, and AHRMM can help you make the connections you need to tap into the wealth of knowledge available in the healthcare supply chain. 
 
Learn more today at www.ahrmm.org/Mentor.
 
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