Chapter Quarterly Newsletter December 2017
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ACHE of Iowa President Message
Regent Message
Message from Your ACHE Regent
Member News
New Member Spotlight
Save the Date Events
Upcoming ACHE of Iowa Events!
Board of Governors Exam
Take Your Career to the Next Level
Other News
Updated ACHE of Iowa Board Roster
Call For Volunteers
National News
Bring Out the Most in Your Employees: 10 Tips for Managers
Ransomware Tops List of Health Technology Safety Hazards
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ACHE Regent

David H. Hickman, FACHE

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Tim Ahlers, FACHE

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tim.ahlers@unitypoint.org  

 

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Michelle Niermann, FACHE

(319) 369-8873

michelle.niermann@unitypoint.org 


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Tom Mulrooney, FACHE

(515) 241-4027

thomas.mulrooney@unitypoint.org

 

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Tammy G. Dillard-Steels, CAE 

(312) 424-9328
tdillard-steels@ache.org 


National News
Ransomware Tops List of Health Technology Safety Hazards

ECRI Institute named ransomware and other cybersecurity threats as the No. 1 hazard that warrants the greatest attention for the coming year. In the healthcare environment, ransomware and other types of malware attacks are more than just an IT nightmare. They are a potential patient-safety crises that can disrupt healthcare delivery operations, placing patients at risk.

Endoscope reprocessing landed in the No. 2 spot for 2018, as many healthcare facilities still struggle with consistently and effectively cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing these instruments between uses. Reprocessing failures can lead—and have led—to the spread of deadly infections. Other topics on the list include bed and stretcher support surfaces that remain contaminated between patients, missed alarms, equipment malfunctions resulting from the use of incompatible cleaning agents, patient burns from electrosurgical electrodes that are not safely holstered between uses, and unnecessary radiation exposures during digital imaging procedures.

The ECRI Institute Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2018 list identifies potential sources of danger involving medical devices and other health technologies, as well as practical strategies for reducing risks, establishing priorities and enacting safety solutions.

—Adapted from “Ransomware and Other Cybersecurity Threats Top ECRI Institute’s Annual Health Technology Hazards List,” by Laurie Menyo, ECRI Institute, Nov. 6, 2017.

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