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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.

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.

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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.

Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 8-14, is an annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety led by National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF). The theme for 2015 is “United in Safety.”