• Preventing Medical Errors Requires Safety Commitment
    GLENVIEW, Ill.—For too long, progress in preventing medication errors and other mistakes that compromise patient safety in healthcare facilities has been unacceptably slow and patients in the majority of U.S. hospitals may not be much safer today than they were 10 years ...More
    July 1, 2013 Posted in News, Industry Issues
  • Consumer Reports Examines Safety for Hospitals
    For the first time, the consumer-ratings magazine and website Consumer Reports has ranked hospitals for safety. The report, which is part of the August issue and is available online, covers issues such as infection control, surgical mistakes, readmissions, and unclear ...More
    July 9, 2012 Posted in News
  • Best Practices for Scope Cleaning
    If only the process of scope cleaning were as easy as house cleaning: finding gumption and spare time on a Saturday. Sure, some house cleaning methods are easier than others (dusting vs. polishing, for instance) but the consequences of one choice over another are tiny. Say ...More
    February 20, 2012 Posted in Articles, Procedures
  • Study: Workplace Safety Programs Work if Strongly Enforced
    SAN FRANCISCO―A longstanding California occupational safety program requiring all businesses to eliminate workplace hazards can help prevent injuries to workers, but only if it is adequately enforced, according to a new study by the RAND Corporation. ...More
    January 27, 2012 Posted in News, Industry Issues
  • Should Patients See Their Doctor's Medical Notes?
    BOSTON—Patients are overwhelmingly interested in exploring the notes doctors write about them after an office visit, but doctors worry about the impact of such transparency on their patients and on their own workflow, a Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) study ...More
    January 13, 2012 Posted in News
  • FDA Coalition Working to Prevent Surgical Fires
    SILVER SPRING, Md.—The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is building a coalition of public and private healthcare organizations to prevent a medical error—the surgical fire. A surgical fire is a fire that occurs in, on or around a patient undergoing a medical or surgical ...More
    December 15, 2011 Posted in News, Industry Issues, Procedures
  • A Sterile-Processing Salute to Service: Michele De Meo
    Sterile processing is the backbone of medical procedures, yet the people who keep tools and equipment clean at healthcare facilities are often overlooked at best, ignored or belittled at worst. Regardless, most sterile processing technicians and managers march on, taking ...More
    October 10, 2011 Posted in Articles, Industry Issues, Procedures
  • Association Defends Colon Cleansing in Medical Journal
    In August, The Journal of Family Practice published an article called, "Dangers of Colon Cleansing" that received a lot of national attention. The Global Professional Association for Colon Therapy (GPACT), which is an alliance of colon-cleanse supporters, ...More
    October 3, 2011 Posted in News, Industry Issues, Procedures
  • Free Webinar on Endoscope Reprocessing
    On Sept. 14, 2011, Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP) will host the seventh in a series of informational Webinars titled “Transitioning our Endoscope Reprocessing to a Higher Standard of Care.” The webinar is free. ...More
    September 8, 2011 Posted in News, Industry Issues, Procedures
  • Study: Drugs Made Offshore are Lower Quality
    Drugs produced in offshore manufacturing plants—even those run by U.S. manufacturers—pose a greater quality risk than those prepared in the mainland United States, according to a new study. ...More
    September 7, 2011 Posted in News, Industry Issues