Thursday, October 31, 2013
FDA approves label changes for anti-seizure drug Potiga (ezogabine) describing risk of retinal abnormalities, potential vision loss, and skin discoloration. This is an update to the FDA Drug Safety Communication: Anti-seizure drug Potiga (ezogabine) linked to retinal abnormalities and blue skin discoloration issued on 4/26/2013.
Safety Announcement: [10-31-2013] The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved changes to the drug label of the anti-seizure drug Potiga (ezogabine), underscoring risks of abnormalities to the retina in the eye, potential vision loss, and skin discoloration, all of which may become permanent. The revised label includes a new boxed warning, the most serious type of warning FDA gives, because of the risk of abnormalities to the retina, a part of the eye that is needed for vision. We advise that Potiga use be limited to patients who have not responded adequately to several alternative therapies to decrease the frequency of seizures, or epilepsy, and for whom the benefits of treatment outweigh the risks.
These risks were previously described in a Drug Safety Communication in April 2013: FDA recommends that patients have eye exams by an ophthalmic professional before starting Potiga and every six months during treatment. These exams should include visual acuity and dilated fundus photography, with additional vision testing as necessary. Patients whose vision cannot be monitored should generally not take Potiga. It is not known which individual patients are at risk for retinal abnormalities to develop, how long it takes for any sign of abnormality to be detected, their rate of progression, or their reversibility after stopping Potiga.
If retinal pigmentary abnormalities or vision changes are detected, Potiga should be stopped unless no other suitable seizure treatment options are available and the benefits of treatment outweigh the potential risk of vision loss. In addition, health care professionals should stop Potiga treatment in patients who do not show substantial clinical benefit after adequate dose titration. Seizures, which are due to unusual electrical activity in the brain, are serious, and patients should not stop taking the drug without first discussing their treatment with their health care professionals.
Also included in the updated label are warnings regarding the risk for discoloration of the skin, nail, mucous membrane, and white-of-the-eye (see April 2013 Drug Safety Communication). The updated Potiga drug label states that if a patient develops skin discoloration, an alternate medication should be considered. These recommendations have been added to the Warnings and Precautions section of the drug label and to the patient Medication Guide, which should be included with every Potiga prescription filled.
FDA is working on modifying the current Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for Potiga to address the risk of retinal pigmentary abnormalities, potential vision loss, and skin discoloration.
For more information see: http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm372774.htm
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Hound.com forecasts an increase in the healthcare employment sector through the end of 2013 into 2014.
"While job growth may seem sluggish in other sectors, the healthcare field is filled with a mosaic of good salaries, and a mix of factors that create growth and opportunity," said Harrison Barnes, Chief Executive Officer at Hound.com, a job aggregation and employment site. "The economic data from the recent labor report is in line with what is available on Hound — there are many professional and administrative careers available throughout the spectrum of healthcare."
A recent job search on Hound.com indicates that there are more than 211,000 healthcare job opportunities available — with 42,000 of these open positions becoming available within the last few days. The following categories have the highest number of opportunities: Registered Nurse (1,500), Physical Therapist (1,450), Occupational Therapist (965), Nurse Practitioner (700), Medical Assistant (695), Pharmacy Technician (520), Pharmacist (500), Phlebotomist (480), and Physician Assistant (330).
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the current national employment statistics for health care and social assistance indicate a preliminary, seasonally-adjusted number of 13,700 over-the-month change. "The healthcare field is booming with jobs, and the data indicates that this field has occupations that are increasing faster than average and reflect the continuing trend of what we are seeing on Hound," said Barnes. "This is welcome news for job seekers looking for part-time and full-time opportunities throughout the U.S."
About Hound: Hound.com is a job search site based in Pasadena, CA. It is a part of the Employment Research Institute and owned by A. Harrison Barnes.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Healthcare staffing industry leader Cirrus Medical Staffing reports an 18% increase in its June 2013 revenue over the same period last year.
Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) August 28, 2013: Cirrus Medical Staffing, an industry leader in travel nursing and allied healthcare staffing, today announced an 18% increase in its 2013 midyear revenue performance compared to June of 2012.
“2013 to date is turning out to be a monumental year for Cirrus in terms of growth as a company,” said Randy Holloran, President of Cirrus Medical Staffing. “The first part of 2013 saw our permanent placement division, CMS Direct Hire, really take off.”
He added, “We’re very pleased with the company’s continued growth year-over-year. This is a testament that we’re giving our clients and our candidates what they expect from a topnotch staffing firm.” Holloran is excited to see what the latter half of 2013 will bring. Holloran said he sees further growth.
“The market is showing no sign of slowing down and neither are we. Our nursing and permanent placement divisions will continue to generate strong revenue for Cirrus in the coming months. The healthcare staffing industry is experiencing a rapid surge of growth and, as an organization, we’re ready to meet its demands head on,” he said.
About Cirrus Medical Staffing: Founded in 2002, Cirrus Medical Staffing is an award winning, Joint Commission Certified healthcare staffing firm that has been successfully placing top healthcare professionals into travel and permanent placement positions within the best healthcare organizations in the US. For more information, go to Cirrus Medical Staffing.
Soliant Health Ranks In Largest U.S. Healthcare Staffing Firms, Travel Nursing Staffing Firms and Allied Health Staffing Firms Categories of SIA's Annual Report - Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) October 18, 2013:
Soliant Health, a leading specialty healthcare staffing provider and part of Adecco Group, has been named one of the largest U.S. healthcare staffing firms in Staffing Industry Analysts’ (SIA) 2013 report. The SIA report ranked companies based on the estimated revenue they generated in the healthcare skill segment in 2012.
“It’s a great honor to be named as one of the largest U.S. healthcare staffing firms in the United States,” said David Alexander, president of Soliant Health. “For us, it’s not only a source of motivation, but also a validation of the great work that we always strive to deliver.”
An estimated 24 firms generated at least $50 million in the U.S. healthcare temporary staffing revenue in 2012, accounting for 53% of the total market. Soliant Health achieved rankings in three of SIA’s five categories. It ranked as the 12th largest U.S. healthcare staffing firm, 14th largest U.S. travel nurse staffing firm, and 3rd largest U.S. allied health staffing firm.
Soliant Health connects hospitals and healthcare providers with highly qualified full- or part-time healthcare professionals in a variety of specialized disciplines. With branches located nationwide, Soliant Health is able to fulfill staffing needs for the largest healthcare facilities to the smallest rural hospitals.
About Soliant Health: Soliant Health, an Adecco Group company, is a leading provider of specialized healthcare staffing services to hospitals and healthcare providers. By supplying traveling healthcare professionals on both temporary and direct hire assignments, Soliant Health delivers comprehensive healthcare staffing services to leading facilities across the United States. Soliant's teams of professionals are qualified to fill physician, nursing, therapy, pharmacy, clinical research, imaging, and other healthcare positions.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Omaha, Neb. (August 27, 2013) – Medical Solutions announced today that it has once again earned a position on the Inc. 5000 list, amongst a highly competitive field. The Omaha-based healthcare staffing company placed in position 3264 on the list, with 98% growth over a 3-year period and revenue of $59.9 million. This marks the sixth time in the last seven years that Medical Solutions has earned a spot on the Inc. 5000, including one year on the Inc. 500, indicating an impressive streak of continued growth for the company.
“We are so proud to earn a spot on this year’s list. We continue to staff the best employees and, through their hard work, provide excellent healthcare staff to hospitals and facilities nationwide,” said Craig Meier, Medical Solutions President. “We celebrate this accomplishment on behalf of all our amazing people, who fulfill our mission of ‘service that inspires’ daily.”
Medical Solutions specializes in placing registered nurses in temporary travel assignments throughout the nation. In February 2013, Medical Solutions purchased OA Nurse Travel making it the third-largest travel nurse staffing company in the nation. The integration of the flagship Omaha office with new locations in San Diego, Cincinnati, and Tupelo, Mississippi, was completed in August 2013. The company currently has 200 internal employees and more than 1000 Travelers.
“It’s great news to have placed for the sixth time on the Inc. 5000,” said CEO Scott Anderson. “This year has been very exciting for Medical Solutions, and being able to note this continued growth on our list of 2013 achievements is awesome. We are poised for future growth and will continue working hard on all levels to maintain this kind of progress, continuing to expand in terms revenue and further development of our services.”
ABOUT MEDICAL SOLUTIONS: Medical Solutions L.L.C. became the nation’s third-largest travel nurse staffing company with its acquisition of OA Nurse Travel in 2013. Medical Solutions was one of the first Travel Nursing and Allied Healthcare staffing companies to be certified by the Joint Commission and has been continuously certified since 2004. Its focus is on meeting the urgent and short-term staffing needs of its clients with highly skilled Allied Health professionals, nurses and technologists. Medical Solutions was named one of the top three staffing firms to work for in Staffing Industry Analysts’ 2013 “Best Staffing Firms to Work For,” and has also been named six times to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies. A nationwide network of travelers allows Medical Solutions to help its client hospitals continue to provide excellent patient care amidst a Nursing and Allied Health shortage. Medical Solutions has contracts with nearly 1,200 client hospitals nationwide and is one of the fastest-growing companies in the Travel Nursing and Allied Health industry. Visit MedicalSolutions.com to learn more.
Sunday, August 04, 2013
Small and Rural Benchmarking Program Celebrates Two Years of Growth Among Critical Access, Small and Rural Health Systems
The Benchmark for Excellence in Patient Safety™ Program enters its 9th quarter of reporting on patient safety data and shared best practices with participating members.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) August 01, 2013: Clarity Group, Inc.’s Benchmark for Excellence in Patient Safety™ (BFEPS) Program is entering into its third year of data collection, reporting and shared best practices. Introduced in June of 2011, the program has experienced consistent growth and momentum in building a base of members with over 12,000 events submitted from which to extrapolate patient safety knowledge and facilitate sharing among participants.
Participation in the BFEPS Program is voluntary to those critical access, small and rural facilities that use the Healthcare SafetyZone® Portal (Portal), Clarity’s web-based tool for patient safety data collection, follow-up and analysis. Using the Portal brings great benefit to the management of patient safety at each organization and ensures a common data collection format for the benchmarking process.
The BFEPS Program is the first of its kind for critical access, small and rural facilities. It enables its participants to benchmark on the important areas of falls, medication errors and infection control and allows them to share patient safety best practices with one another. Members of the program meet quarterly, giving them an opportunity to get to know their peers and review the Quarterly Comparison Reports provided by Clarity detailing data collected from the previous quarter.
“What’s interesting and very pleasing to see is that after the first year, member organizations began voluntarily facilitating deeper dives into their collected data, and not simply relying on high-level event reports,” said Tom Piotrowski, Clinical Informatics Director at Clarity Group, Inc. “For example, the group requested a more in-depth look at medication errors and specifically the overall process of medication administration. That then led to a discussion on whether certain tools increase frequency of certain types of errors. This is important because it shows that the members are actively participating in the program and not just passively receiving reports from us every three months. This in turn leads to awareness and understanding that goes beyond incident reporting, such as the culture of safety within an organization.”
Current BFEPS membership includes 53 hospitals from eight states. Clarity expects continued growth in the existing states and anticipates members from several new states in the coming months.
About Clarity Group, Inc.: Clarity Group helps healthcare organizations understand and manage their risk and related costs through innovative and practical tools and services that focus on quality and safety outcomes. Core Clarity products and services include captive insurance company development and operations; risk-quality-safety consulting and educational services; and software solutions that facilitate the reporting, tracking and management of safety and quality events. For more information on Clarity Group, Inc., please visit claritygrp.com.
Monday, July 01, 2013
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (June 20, 2013) – Travel Nurse across America, a leader in the healthcare staffing industry, announces the launch of their new website, www.nurse.tv. The new website features upgraded navigation so nothing is more than two clicks away, a cleaner, more streamlined look that is consistent with the overall TNAA brand and enhanced features for an engaging user experience.
“As we move more of our marketing efforts to digital platforms, one of our goals was to create a website that is easier and more efficient for our travelers to use,” said Gene Scott, president and CEO of Travel Nurse across America. “We understand our nurses are busy, and part of our mission is to make it more convenient for them to work with us by putting together the myriad of information necessary to getting on assignment.”
The new website includes a Travel Nurse blog where nurses can get helpful advice on traveling as a profession, read news about the travel industry, enjoy stories written by their peers, and view photos of travelers on assignment. Other unique features include TNAA’s Job Cart, which allows users to apply for multiple assignments and submit their resume all at once, and MyStuff, a secure section that is a nurse’s personal go-to place for all their assignment information, contract documents, timesheets, credentials, etc. Everything they need to manage their Travel Nurse career is readily available.
“There is a lot of sophisticated programming on the back-end of this site, so we took our time and tested it thoroughly before we launched,” said Scott. “We’re extremely pleased with the result and proud of our team for putting together a state-of-the-art website that’s useful for travelers and also looks great.”
Also, under development is Travel Nurse across America’s new mobile site, which is slated to launch later this summer. The mobile site will allow travelers to easily search jobs, use the Job Cart and MyStuff features and apply for jobs directly from their mobile phones. Travelers will also have the ability to e-sign documents, update credentials and licensure information, view pending assignment information, and access social media sites.
About Travel Nurse across America: Travel Nurse across America places travel nurse professionals on multi-week assignments in healthcare facilities in all 50 states. Travel Nurse across America was awarded the HCSS Certification with Distinction by The Joint Commission and is a founding member of the National Association of Travel Healthcare Organizations (NATHO). For more information on Travel Nurse across America visit www.nurse.tv
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Last month I was contacted by Uniformed Scrubs, who supplied quality medical scrubs, to review one of their nurse scrub tops. Soon, I received a nice Navy (TrueBlue) Dickie Scrub in the mail.
Upon opening the package I was amazed at how much the color exactly matched the other navy blue scrubs that I usually wear to work. It was creased where it had been in the package, but I figured that washing it would take care of that. When I went to wear it for the first time, it still had the creases. This could be a positive if you have an iron, but I'm a traveling nurse and don't carry an iron with me.
After putting the scrub on, I noticed that although there was a breast pocket, there was no large pockets on the bottom of the scrubs. This was very difficult for me, because all my other scrubs have those two pockets. I work in a busy ER, and this was very inconvenient for me.
At work I found myself pulling the back of the scrub down related to the fact that it would ride up my hips to my waist in the back. It did not do this in the front. Other than that, it did size fit properly.
On a scale from 1 to 5 stars, I would give the scrub top a 3. I wouldn't buy that style but the quality was great, and I would consider buying a different style.
Uniformed Scrubs has offered all Highway Hypodermics and Epstein LaRue fans a 15% discount by using the code, "trueblue", when purchasing scrubs at the website: www.uniformedscrubs.com
About Uniformed Scrubs: Established in 2012 to provide a quality shopping environment for all scrub and medical uniform shoppers. Their goal is to provide wide variety of products to their customers with the best prices available. Uniformed Scrubs currently provides an easy and convenient shopping experience at Uniformed Scrubs in the future plans to provide the same ease of shopping through physical stores. They strive towards providing an easy and convenient shopping experience, because they know that medical professional work life can be busy and tiring at times. With fast shipping, wide variety of selection of products, color and print options, new fashion items, they believe that Uniformed Scrubs will be a one stop shop for the medical professionals. They carry well known brands for scrubs, tops, pants, lab jackets, clogs, shoes and accessories. Dickies, Cherokee, Baby Phat, Scrubs HQ, Adar, Studio, Tooniforms are just a few out of many brands that their customers can shop for on their online store at Uniformed Scrubs.
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