86 million American adults have prediabetes and 9 out of 10 people don’t know they have it. To help prevent type 2 diabetes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Medical Association (AMA) have developed resources, Prevent Diabetes STAT (Screen, Test, Act - Today), for health care professionals and patients. Health care teams can use the toolkit as a guide to screen, test and refer patients to in-person or online diabetes prevention programs.
The AHRQ-funded Multi-Center Medication Reconciliation Quality Improvement Study (MARQUIS) has produced an implementation manual to help hospitals improve medication reconciliation practices. These improvements can lead to reductions in negative outcomes such as inpatient adverse drug events and readmission rates, which have significant patient safety and financial implications for hospitals.
As patient deaths from carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) gain media attention, disinfection practices for hard-to-clean endoscopes are being scrutinized, specifically duodenoscopes used to diagnose and treat problems in bile ducts and pancreatic ducts.
The FDA wants to raise awareness among health care professionals, including those working in reprocessing units in health care facilities, that the complex design of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) endoscopes (also called duodenoscopes) may impede effective reprocessing.