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New OHA Report Highlights Ohio Hospitals’ Quality Work


The Ohio Hospital Association’s new Hospital Insights report summarizes the quality improvement work of our hospital collaboratives over the past five years to improve outcomes for patients and save billions in health care costs.   From 2012 through 2016, OHA’s hospital collaboratives engaged more than 100 Ohio ho Read More . . .

Save the Dates June 12-14 for 2017 OHA Annual Meeting


Employees of OHA member hospitals are invited to attend the 2017 OHA Annual Meeting, June 12-14, in Columbus. The three-day event features more than 70 educational sessions and is a premier opportunity for health care providers and administrators at all levels to gain valuable insight about statewide industry trends, earn conti Read More . . .

Lake Health Addresses SSI Reduction, Prevention in OHA Webinar


Infection Preventionists Karen Mrazik and Elizabeth Reed from Lake Health TriPoint and West Medical Centers on March 22 presented an OHA HIIN webinar on Surgical Site Infections (SSI) reduction and prevention strategies.   Lake Health’s best practices in hospital acquired infections, or HAI, prevention are a result of a Read More . . .

Memorial Health Uses ERAS to Improve Patient Safety


Jody Bullman, MSN, RN, Senior Director Surgical Services, and Terri Adams, MSN, RN, CPHQ, Quality Improvement Supervisor for Memorial Health System in Marietta also presented on the OHA HIIN Webinar March 22 on the topic of Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS).  ERAS is a paradigm shift in surgery and surgical care of the pa Read More . . .

Study Confirms Importance of Antimicrobial Stewardship for Controlling C. Difficile Infections


A study in Lancet Infectious Diseases published Jan. 24 stated appropriate antibiotic stewardship "is, and will likely remain, central to the control of C. [Clostridium] difficile infections.” The researchers evaluated an antibiotic-resistant C. difficile strain that caused infection outbreaks in England from 1998 to 2006 Read More . . .

FDA Warns of Reaction to Antiseptic Products with Chlorhexidine Gluconate


The Food and Drug Administration warned that products containing chlorhexidine gluconate can cause rare but serious allergic reactions. “Although rare, the number of reports of serious allergic reactions to these products has increased over the last several years,” the agency said.   As a result, the FDA is asking Read More . . .

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