FDA alerts providers to Class 1 recall of implantable stent   10/21/2013
The Food and Drug Administration Friday alerted health care providers to a Class I recall of an implantable vascular stent, whose deployment mechanism may not perform properly and could cause serious health consequences or death. Bard Peripheral Vascular Inc. of Tempe, AZ, notified affected customers Sept. 30 about the recall of its LifeStent Solo Vascular Stent and instructions for responding. Health care professionals and consumers may report related adverse reactions or quality problems to the FDA’s MedWatch program. Class I recalls are the most serious type of FDA recall based on the potential for serious adverse consequences. For more information, see the FDA notice.
Study: Hospitals increase certain strategies to reduce unplanned readmissions   10/21/2013
Hospitals participating in a project to reduce unplanned readmissions of patients with cardiovascular disease increased their use of certain commonly recommended strategies between 2010 and 2012, according to a study reported today in JAMA Internal Medicine. In a follow-up survey of 437 participants in the Hospital to Home Quality Improvement Initiative, a project of the American College of Cardiology and Institute of Healthcare Improvement, more hospitals reported partnering with other local hospitals to reduce readmissions; discharging patients with a follow-up appointment already made; using electronic forms for medication reconciliation; providing action plans to discharged  heart failure patients; and calling patients after discharge to follow up on post-discharge needs and education, for example. The use of certain other recommended strategies did not change significantly over the study period.
PBS airs documentary tonight on safety-net hospital ED   10/21/2013
PBS’ Independent Lens series tonight premieres “The Waiting Room,” a documentary that follows several people who pass through the emergency department at Highland Hospital in East Oakland, CA. According to PBS, the film provides a “portrait of one California city's public safety-net hospital as it struggles to handle patient overload in a swooning economy and a constantly shifting landscape of health care policy.” Check local television listings for specific broadcast times.