April 28, 2015
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1.  AHRMM15 Early Bird Countdown – Less than Three Weeks Left to Save on Registration!
Register by May 15 to take advantage of discounted registration rates for the AHRMM Annual Conference & Exhibition, August 9-12, in Indianapolis. Join more than 1,000 fellow supply chain professionals for a three-day program to  explore key ideas, trends, and best practices around building strategic stakeholder engagement, with an emphasis on supply chain perspective.
Register by May 15 and save up to $200 with the Early Bird rates!
Capture a Year's Worth of Healthcare Supply Chain News and Best Practices in Just Four Days! 
Learn from senior supply chain executives and other industry experts as they describe their own professional experience, bring valuable insight into the solutions they've adopted, and share lessons they've learned in their healthcare organizations. 
Visit the AHRMM15 Exhibition to explore and discuss the latest supply chain trends, products, and solutions to see if they may bring efficiency for your healthcare organization. Attend Learning Pavilion presentations in the Exhibit Hall to learn first-hand about new launches, innovations, and best practices. 
To learn more, download the conference brochure. Review the four-day program packed with more than 55 learning labs, five pre-conference, and three general sessions. 
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2. This Thursday is the Last Day to Submit Leading Practices on Reducing HACs 
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
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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3. Collaborate with Peers and Discover New Solutions with AHA SmartMarket
Did you hear? AHRMM has teamed up with AHA SmartMarket™, the interactive marketplace launched by the American Hospital Association. AHA SmartMarket includes a wide variety of interactive features designed to help you grow business network, streamline collaboration with peers, discover innovative solutions that drive change, and make more confident buying decisions. 
The AHA SmartMarket discussion board on supply chain is where you can participate in member-to-member conversations on issues specific to healthcare supply chain, including strategic planning, contracting, sustainability, and physician engagement. Check out the featured content under “Solve Issues.” It’s updated regularly with the latest guides, white papers and reports about hot topics in healthcare. Keeping a finger to the pulse of healthcare has never been easier.
See what leaders from Advocate Condell Medical Center, Stanford University Medical Network and other healthcare organizations have to say about this growing social collaboration platform:
Vendors are invited to visit SmartMarket.AHA.org/vendors.
Healthcare providers can validate their profile at SmartMarket.AHA.org.
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4. How to Keep Reusable Instruments in Good Working Order
As many hospitals are reexamining their medical device reprocessing and sterilization practices in light of new U.S. Food and Drug Administration actions aimed at improving the safety of reusable medical devices, healthcare professionals responsible for reprocessing can access performance improvement measure, or PIM, on cleaning with multi-enzymatic cleaning solutions available on the Sustainability Roadmap website. The PIM explains how this project can improve the life of surgical instruments and save money. The PIM was underwritten by Case Medical. For more resources related to reprocessing, visit the Sustainability Roadmap for Hospitals website.
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5. Term of the Week
Psychometrics is the field of study concerned with the theory and technique of psychological measurement One part of the field is concerned with the objective measurement of skills and knowledge, abilities, attitudes, personality traits, and educational achievement For example, psychometric research has concerned itself with the construction and validation of assessment instruments such as questionnaires, tests, raters' judgments, and personality tests. Another part of the field is concerned with statistical research bearing on measurement theory.
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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6. ENFit Enteral Devices Are On Their Way: Important Safety Considerations For Hospitals
Along with the introduction of new design standards for small bore connectors comes change.  GEDSA members are working hard to ensure there is minimal disruption into clinical practice.  However, with the transition to the new ENFit connectors for enteral feeding there are some important safety considerations which may impact clinical practice.
Syringes are used today in enteral feeding for flushing, hydration, bolus feeds and administering medications.  The new ENFit feeding tubes and extension sets will operate with ENFit tip syringes.  Most syringes for enteral applications will be used the very same way catheter, luer, and oral tip syringes are used today.  The main difference between current design and ENFit tip syringes is the ENFit tip syringes have a reverse orientation from male tip to female tip.  The female tip impacts what is commonly referred to as dead space. When administering medications it is important to understand what happens to the fluid captured in the dead space.  The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) has released an article in their newsletter outlining safety considerations while transitioning to the new ENFit tip syringe.
Source: GEDSA, Stay Connected – April 27, 2015
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7. National Healthcare Safety Network Data Submission Deadline Approaching
Acute-care hospitals participating in the Inpatient Quality Reporting Program must report fourth-quarter 2014 data for healthcare personnel flu vaccination and certain infection measures to the National Healthcare Safety Network by May 15. The infection measures include intensive care unit data on central line-associated blood stream and catheter-associated urinary tract infections; surgical site infection; Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus; and Clostridium difficile. Cancer hospitals participating in the Prospective Payment System-Exempt Cancer Hospital Quality Reporting Program also must report CLABSI and CAUTI ICU data and SSI data by May 15. For guidance on submitting data, visit www.cdc.gov/nhsn/cms/index.html.
Source: AHA News Now – April 22, 2015
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8. Disaster Apps and Mobile Optimized Web Pages
There has been a marked increase in the number of severe tornadoes and extreme weather events in the last few years and the 2015 hurricane season (Jun 1, 2015 - Nov 30, 2015) is almost upon us.
The National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, and Health & Human Services have put together a collection of disaster and emergency apps for your smart phone and tablets that may come in handy when preparing for or responding to these and other disaster/emergency events.  The apps and more info are available at:  http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/disasterapps.html.
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9. Medical Recalls
Hospira Issues A Voluntary Nationwide Recall Of One Lot Of Bupivacaine HCl Injection Due To Potential Iron Oxide Particulate In Glass Vials
Hospira, Inc., (NYSE: HSP) announced on April 23 it is issuing a voluntary recall of one lot of Preservative-Free Bupivacaine HCl Injection, USP, 0.5% (5 mg/mL), 30 mL Single-dose (NDC: 0409-1162-02, Lot 38-515-DK, Expiry 1FEB2016) due to one confirmed customer complaint of orange and black, visible particles embedded and free floating within a single-dose glass teartop vial. The particles were identified as iron oxide. This recall is being carried out to the user level (both human and veterinary).
Source: The U.S. Food & Drug Administration Daily Digest – April 25, 2015
Mylan Initiates Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Select Lots of Injectable Products Due to the Presence of Particulate Matter
Mylan N.V. (Nasdaq: MYL) announced on April 23 that its U.S.-based Mylan Institutional business is conducting a voluntary nationwide recall to the hospital/user level of select lots of the following injectable products due to the presence of visible foreign particulate matter observed during testing of retention samples.
Source: The U.S. Food & Drug Administration Daily Digest – April 25, 2015
LuSys Laboratories, Inc., Ebola Virus One-Step Test Kits  
A recall has been issued for the LuSys Laboratories, Inc., Ebola Virus One-Step Test Kits because the FDA has not cleared or approved the kits for use or sale. The results obtained from these test kits have not demonstrated to be accurate and should not be used as in vitro diagnostic tests for Ebola infection. A false positive result may be life-threatening by potentially placing the patient in an isolation cohort with Ebola infected patients. A false negative test result may be life-threatening by causing a lack or delay in treatment of the patient and risking infecting healthcare providers, family and other close contacts.
Source: HPN Daily Update – April 24, 2015
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10. CQO Case Study: University of Virginia Health System
AHRMM has worked with several healthcare supply chain teams to develop case studies highlighting how their organizations have embraced the Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO) Movement. Full access to these CQO case studies are a member-only resource.  Click here to view all of the AHRMM CQO case studies.
CQO Case Study Highlight: University of Virginia Health System
While UVA Health System has had a Value Analysis team in place for nearly 20 years, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has prompted the organization to reevaluate its goals and put into place initiatives aligned with the tenets of healthcare reform. At the core of these efforts are aggressive programs aimed at enhancing the quality of patient care while cutting costs and improving financial outcomes for the organization through the reduction of healthcare-acquired conditions (HACs). UVA Health System’s supply chain professionals have been central to these efforts, working collaboratively with other functional areas throughout the organization to ensure clinicians have the products they need where and when they need them to deliver the highest quality care in an effective, safe, and efficient manner.
By working inter-professionally at the intersection of Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO), UVA Health System has systematically reduced three of the most prevalent HACs: hospital-acquired pressure ulcers (HAPUs), catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) and central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs), representing $6.7M in related cost reductions.
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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 1962, AHRMM prepares its more than 3,900 members to contribute to the field and advance in the profession through 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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