Monthly Archives: January 2012

ISMP Conducting Two Nationwide Surveys Related to Ongoing Drug Shortages

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) is currently conducting two different surveys to develop a better understanding of issues related to the ongoing drug shortage crises. The first survey is tracking patient harm that might have occurred as a … Continue reading

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CMS Provides Instructions for Teaching Hospitals Regarding Refund of Medical Resident Medicare FICA Taxes

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a MLN Matters article with instructions for teaching hospitals regarding refund of medical resident Medicare FICA taxes. The article informs teaching hospitals and Medicare contractors of the proper way of … Continue reading

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Processing of Laryngoscopy Blades

Question: How should laryngoscopy blades be processed and stored? Answer: Laryngoscope blades are considered a semi-critical item according to the CDC’s Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC). Semi-critical items are defined as items that come into direct or indirect … Continue reading

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