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results. Entries were evaluated by a panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, Brandon Hall Group Sr. Analysts and Executive Leadership, based upon the following criteria: fi t the need, design of the program, functionality, innovation, and overall measurable benefi ts. Less than 20 percent of entries evaluated win a Gold, Silver, or Bronze designation.

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“It is always special to collaborate with our clients to earn recognition through an industry award,” said Sharon Boller, CEO of BLP. “However, two Gold awards in one year is a unique distinction. I am extremely grateful to AHE for cooperating with us to produce high-quality, forward-thinking work, and to our outstanding BLP team for designing innovative solutions that met or exceeded their business goals.” The CHEST program has enabled thou-

sands of environmental services profession- als nationwide to elevate their skills while helping healthcare organizations reduce the risk of infection and improve patient satisfaction. For more information about the CHEST Program,


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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The Joint Commis- sion are releasing new infection control resources for podiatry and orthopedic and pain management settings. As healthcare delivery transitions from acute inpatient settings to outpatient settings, there is a growing need to address outbreak and patient notifi cation events related to lapses in infection control in outpatient settings. Free online resources are part of ADOPT (Adaptation and Dissemination of Out- patient Infection Prevention) Guidance, a three-year initiative that began in 2015 to adapt, enhance and disseminate CDC guid- ance related to infection prevention and control (IPC) in outpatient settings. ADOPT Guidance aims to drive practice improve- ments and protect patients and staff across diverse outpatient settings and services. Resources include two guides: “Guide to Infection Prevention for Outpatient Podia- try Settings” (available now) and “Guide to Infection Prevention in Orthopedic and Pain Management Offi ce Settings” (coming soon). These guides are also available as pocket guides. In addition, another resource is now available that includes a PDF fillable checklist for other outpatient settings. This checklist is adapted from the CDC’s “Guide to Infection Prevention for Outpa- tient Settings: Minimum Expectations for Safe Care.”


The guides feature key recommendations such as IPC program and infrastructure information. They also cover several topics including education and training, safe injec- tion practices, medical device reprocessing, environmental cleaning and more. “Providing care in an environment that minimizes or eliminates risks of healthcare- associated infections is critical,” says David W. Baker, MD, MPH, FACP, executive vice president, Division of Health Care Quality Evaluation, The Joint Commission. “We encourage ambulatory healthcare organi- zations to use the recommendations and activities in the guides for IPC training and education, as well as to heighten aware- ness of the need for IPC in the outpatient setting.” “The evidence-based recommendations in these guides have been built upon exist- ing CDC guidance and tailored to address the unique challenges in podiatric, orthope- dic, and pain management outpatient set- tings,” says Ryan Fagan, MD, MPH&TM, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “These tools provide a foundation for infec- tion prevention and control that can be used to develop facility-specifi c plans or ensure that existing plans include the core elements needed to provide safe care.”

The guides were developed with input from several project partners, including 12 professional associations and 11 health care systems. In addition, in-depth interviews and onsite visits were conducted with podiatry, orthopedic and pain manage- ment outpatient facilities to gather setting specifi c scenarios, challenges and examples for inclusion in the guides.

To access the ADOPT Guidance resourc- es, please visit: infectioncontrol/tools/index.html.

FDA proposes medical device submissions move to electronic format to improve effi ciency The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a proposed rule titled “Medical Device Submissions: Amending Premarket Regulations that Require Mul- tiple Copies and Specify Paper Copies to be Allowed in Electronic Format.” The proposed rule requires medical de- vice premarket submissions to be sent in electronic format, eliminating the need for multiple paper submissions. The FDA is taking this action to improve the effi ciency of FDA’s premarket submission program for medical devices.

Comments to this proposed rule should

be submitted within 90 days after publish- ing in the Federal Register under docket number FDA-2018-N-0628. HPN

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