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The American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) announces National Healthcare Risk Management Week, June 15-19, 2015. This annual campaign raises awareness about the critical role risk managers and safety professionals play in patient safety and care practices, quality assurance, safe work environments and liability. It also promotes solutions to help prevent some of the most common adverse events.

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) has issued new guidance regarding the management of animals in healthcare settings. Published in the May 2015 issue of Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, Animals in Healthcare Facilities: Recommendations to Minimize Potential Risks, is intended to help acute care hospitals and ambulatory care facilities develop or modify policies related to animals based on their role. It offers guidance in four categories: 

The American Heart Association and the Heart Failure Society of America have released a new scientific statement, Heart Failure Management in Skilled Nursing Facilities, published in the May 2015 issue Circulation: Heart Failure.

In the first collaboration of its kind, the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS OIG), the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), the Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors (AHIA) and the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) has released a joint educational resource, Practical Guidance for Health Care Governing Boards on Compliance Oversight, to help governing boards of health care organizations carry out their compliance plan oversight obligations.

Safe use of health information technology (health IT) is the focus of a new Sentinel Event Alert 54 recently released by The Joint Commission. The new alert examines the contributing factors to sentinel events that are health IT-related and includes suggested solutions to be implemented by health care organizations.