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Concomitant Opioid Benzodiazepine Prescribing Common

Last August, CHPSO warned of the frequent appearance of opioids and benzodiazepines (BZD) in medication events in the CHPSO events database. Coincidentally, several weeks later the FDA initiated black-box warnings advising against using BZDs with opioids, based on the increased risk of death with the combination. Additionally, BZD-like sedative hypnotics (BZD-SH) such as eszopiclone, zaleplon and zolpidem should pose a similar risk given their similar mechanism of action.

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What Goes Up, May Sometimes Fall Down

Millions of older people – those 65 and older – fall each year. A sample of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data highlights falls as they occur inside or outside of the hospital:

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By the Numbers: CHPSO Pressure Injury Data

According to the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), hospital acquired pressure injuries (HAPI), commonly referred to as hospital acquired pressure ulcers (HAPU), affect more than 2.5 million patients in the U.S., resulting in significant patient harm including pain, expensive treatments, increased length of stay, and premature mortality. The cost of treating a single full-thickness pressure ulcer or injury can be as high as $70,000, and estimated total costs for treatment of pressure ulcer or injury in the U.S. is at $11 billion annually.

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CHPSO Job Board
Four Jobs Available

Quality and Patient safety positions at your organization may be listed on the CHPSO Job Board. If you are a member of CHPSO, the California Hospital Association or key partner of the Hospital Quality Institute and would like to list your opportunities on this page, please contact info@chpso.org. The listings are available at http://www.chpso.org/career-opportunities.

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