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  THIS JUST IN October 25, 2010  
Start eliminating healthcare-associated infections today

Public health and infectious disease groups have issued a white paper providing a framework to eliminate healthcare-associated infections through evidence-based practices, alignment of financial incentives, research, and data collection.

Free patient safety resources

The Health Research & Educational Trust is offering free patient safety brochures and factsheets to consumers and clinicians through its partnership with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Organizations can receive up to 500 copies in English or Spanish, and individual clinicians up to 200 copies.

CDC: Hispanics have longer life expectancy

The U.S. Hispanic population has a life expectancy advantage at birth of 2.5 years over the White population and 7.7 years over the African American population, according to the first report on Hispanic life expectancy by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CMS launches billing error newsletter

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has launched a quarterly newsletter to help healthcare providers avoid common Medicare billing errors and comply appropriately with payment audits.

Earn CE credit by reading this peer-reviewed, continuing education article from Nursing Management and taking the test.

Cut down on SSIs
Maureen Spencer, MEd, RN, and Diane Gulczynski, MS, RN, CNOR

Bonus Content
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How to build an ED charge nurse training program
Pamela A. Assid, MSN, BSN, RN, CNS, CEN, CPEN

Mentoring time management skills; preparing for deposition
Kathleen Murray, MSN, RN, CNA

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