The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has issued an alert that urges health care organizations to pay attention to how emergency power systems can fail, and recommends steps to keep patients safe in the event of a disaster or other major event. Reports after the 2001 floods in Houston, the 2003 blackout in the Northeast and hurricanes that have hammered the Southeast during the past two years show how severely clinical operations can be affected in health care organizations that lose their electrical power. The alert brings the reality of these risks to the attention of the nation’s health care organizations, and offers solutions to avoiding adverse patient care events during electrical power failures.
U.S. News and World Report’s annual “best” list for cardiac care left out some lesser known – but excellent – hospitals, according to a study from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The study, which compares the news magazine’s results to JCAHO’s research, finds that more hospitals should make the “best” list — and that some hospitals which didn’t make the list actually performed better.
Results from a national survey of 758 physicians indicate that an overwhelming majority would support laws that provide random drug testing of high school student athletes for performance enhancing drugs. The survey was conducted by HCD Research and Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion, in response to media reports about world-class athletes who have tested positive for performance enhancing drugs.
The Colorado Board of Pharmacy has suspended Western States Pharmacy for selling medication over the Internet without an appropriate prescription. The board also filed a notice of charges against Wendell Almeida, the pharmacist’s manager, following an investigation conducted by the board. “Pharmaceutical sales over the Internet can be subject to widespread abuse,” Attorney General John Suthers said. “Our investigation of Western States Pharmacy revealed that their manager dispensed an unauthorized prescription received over the Internet without getting proper approval from a doctor.”
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has launched an initiative to test and implement a set of core performance measures for hospital-based inpatient psychiatric services. The five candidate measures address the following quality-related dimensions of in-patient psychiatric care:
Following a review by the American College of Surgeons, the Colorado Department of Health State Emergency and Trauma Advisory Council has unanimously voted to re-designate Memorial Health System’s Level II Trauma Center without deficiency. Memorial’s Level II trauma designation reflects the center’s comprehensive care for complex and severe trauma patients under the direction of on-site trauma surgeons, emergency physicians and nurses who direct patient care and initiate resuscitation and stabilization interventions.
Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is seeking artists for a juried show which will run from Sept. 29 through Oct. 31. “As an artistically rich community, Penrose knows that there is a legion of local artists whose works would add great character, and perhaps even healing properties, to the new hospital,” according to a news release.
The Colorado Springs Chapter of Women on Wheels, the Mountain Shadow Riders, will host a motorcycle blood run Aug. 12 at the Memorial Health System administration center. The run starts at 11 a.m. in the parking lot of Perkins Restaurant, 6005 Constitution Ave. “As motorcyclists, we ride free with the wind in our hair, but that freedom comes at a price. We are more at risk of injuries when we are out on the road,” said a news release from the group. “If we make contact with a cage (motorized 4-wheel vehicle) or the asphalt, it’s pretty easy to assume that we will be hurt more seriously than the driver of the cage.”
Novel cancer drugs, innovative treatments for blood cancers and clotting, new ways to attack inflammatory and infectious diseases, ground-breaking compounds to treat osteoporosis and metastatic bone disease, pioneering devices for orthopedic surgery, commercializing biofuels from algae and revolutionary wearable rehabilitation systems comprise the seven finalists in this year’s BioWest Venture Showcase competition, according to Christine Shapard, director bioscience and emerging technologies for the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.
Novel cancer drugs; innovative treatments for blood cancers and clotting; new ways to attack inflammatory and infectious diseases; ground-breaking compounds to treat osteoporosis and metastatic bone disease; pioneering devices for orthopedic surgery; commercializing biofuels from algae; and revolutionary wearable rehabilitation systems comprise the seven finalists in this year’s BioWest Venture Showcase competition, said Christine Shapard, director of bioscience and emerging technologies for the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT).
Consumers now have access to updated information about the quality of care provided in Colorado’s hospitals. The Colorado Health and Hospital Association (CHA) Performance and Quality Group, which released risk-adjusted mortality information (death rates) in April 2005 detailing 11 common reasons why patients are admitted to a hospital, has updated the information to include 2004 data.
Jerry Bagg has been named the President and CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives Colorado Foundation. Bagg, the president of the Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation, will oversee four other foundations throughout the state, including St. Anthony Health Foundation of Denver, St. Mary Corwin Health Foundation of Pueblo, St. Thomas Moore Health Foundation of Canon City and Mercy Medical Foundation of Durango.