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EQUIP: The Verdict Is In!
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EQUIP Year 1. There were 8,486 annual MQSA inspections between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017 new results reveal 43% of those inspections had one or more EQUIP deficiencies! The educational year for the EQUIP Initiative ended on March 2, 2018.

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Be on the look out in May for Live Webinars with relevant EQUIP content:
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  • Mammography EQUIP Initiatives Step 1: Conquering the Jargon and
  • Mammography EQUIP Initiatives Step 1

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Did You Know? It's In Your Hands.
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Did you know? It is estimated that there are over 1.7 million cases of healthcare associated infections at any given time just in the U.S. Healthcare workers are often the conduit, or culprit, for the spread of these infections.

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Industry News


Report To Blame 'Overburdened' Staff For Fatal MRI Scan
Aunt Minnie
A preliminary report into the death of a man pulled into the bore of an MRI scanner at an Indian hospital will blame an "overburdened" staff at the Mumbai hospital for not following proper security and safety procedures at the time of the January accident.

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Machine Learning Hand Hygiene Alert System Can Increase Compliance To 100%
Becker's Hospital Review
Machine learning technology that enables real-time hand hygiene notification can help improve compliance in outpatient settings, according to a study published in the Journal of Hospital Infection.

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U.S. Proposes Tariffs On Medical Imaging Scanners From China
Aunt Minnie
The medical imaging industry has been dragged into the brewing trade war between the U.S. and China. A U.S. federal agency has published a list of 1,300 products imported from China that could be slapped with import tariffs of 25%, with most of the major medical imaging modalities appearing on the list.

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Radiology Fact of the Month
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Granite naturally contains uranium and thorium, because those elements are found in the magma that solidified to make it. But the real concern is radon. The naturally-occurring uranium decays into radon, which is a gas. And just like you shouldn't be breathing in the powdered contents of smoke detectors, radioactive gases can be inhaled and cause health issues. But as far as kitchen islands go, granite is a fairly safe choice — it's not too porous, which means that more of that radon is kept inside, according to the EPA.

 
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