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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.

Adverse drug events (ADEs) are the largest contributor to hospital-related complications and account for more than 3.5 million physician office visits each year. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention (ADE Action Plan), which targets opioids as a significant contributor to ADEs.