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New recommendations, Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship for Nursing Homes, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise all nursing homes to improve antibiotic prescribing practices and reduce their inappropriate use to protect residents from the consequences of antibiotic-resistant infections.

According to The Joint Commission (TJC), falls resulting in serious injury are consistently among the Top 10 sentinel events reported to TJC’s Sentinel Event database.

The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) has issued its first update to the Beers Criteria since 2012. The American Geriatrics Society 2015 Updated Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults lists the potentially inappropriate medications to be avoided in older adults. New to the criteria are lists of select drugs that should be avoided or have their dose adjusted based on the individual's kidney function and select drug–drug interactions documented to be associated with harms in older adults.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) just released a new consensus study entitled Improving Diagnosis in Health Care. According to IOM, diagnostic error affects 1 in 20 patients or approximately 12 million people in the U.S. each year and despite those numbers is an area that has not been well studied. The new report summarizes the evidence and outlines recommendations to make diagnoses more accurate, reliable, efficient, and safe.  The report is available for free download at: http://Nas.edu/improvingdiagnosis

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released Supplemental Measures to Enhance Duodenoscope Reprocessing: FDA Safety Communication.  According to the FDA, a detailed list of supplemental duodenoscope reprocessing measures emerged from an agency-led expert panel meeting earlier this year. Hospitals and health care facilities that utilize duodenoscopes can, in addition to meticulously following manufacturer reprocessing instructions, take one or more of these additional steps to further reduce the risk of infection and increase the safety of these medical devices.