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  1. Needlesticks On The Rise, Despite Safeguards
    Despite long-running efforts to educate healthcare workers about the dangers of needlesticks and exposure to blood, clinicians are not taking the precautions they must take to avoid injury. This is alarming from both safety and financial perspectives as the CDC estimates that testing and follow-up treatment for a needlestick can cost facilities up to $5,000 per event.  PSQH 
  2. Simulation and Patient Safety — A Complex Relationship
    While the benefits of simulation-based education are many, the potential for harm associated with such training needs to be considered more seriously. Learn what actions educators can take to reduce harm from simulation programs.  ICE blog
  3. A System-Based Approach to Managing Patient Safety in Ambulatory Care (and Beyond)
    Explore a set of cases that illustrate how poor outcomes can easily result when sufficient communication and coordination are lacking within a healthcare system. PSQH
  4. An Overlooked Epidemic: Older Americans Taking Too Many Unneeded Drugs
    While much attention has been focused on the United States’ opioid epidemic, the polypharmacy problem among aging Americans may be just as serious. Read how some physicians are working to reverse this dangerous and unnecessary trend. Kaiser Health News