AHA, CDC issue opioid resource for patients

The AHA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in June released a one-page resource to help hospital patients who may be prescribed opioids before discharge discuss the risks and benefits with their health care provider. “Every day, hospitals see how misuse of and overdose from prescription opioids affects patients’ families, loved ones and communities,” AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack said. “We want patients to have open, honest conversations with their care providers about the best way to manage pain. The goal is to help patients manage their pain and continue to lead healthy, productive lives. Visit the AHA's opioid information center and information on the epidemic from the CDC.

Administration, partners aim to cut organ waiting list

The White House in June announced research investments and other actions to increase organ donation and reduce the waiting list for transplants. They include public-private initiatives to research and develop techniques to bio-fabricate tissues, advance organ and tissue preservation, and create an alternative to dialysis as renal replacement therapy, among other actions. In addition, more than 20 organizations, including Donate Life America, will work to drive up donor registrations through social media and other campaigns. The AHA is a partner in Donate Life America.

Toolkit helps hospitals implement CANDOR process

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in June released a toolkit prepared by the AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust affiliate to help hospital leaders and clinicians communicate accurately and openly with patients and families when something goes wrong with their care. The customizable toolkit uses an AHRQ-developed communication and resolution process called Communication and Optimal Resolution, or CANDOR. "Every day in American hospitals, countless doctors, nurses and other caregivers perform miracles for patients,” AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack said. “And while one incident is one too many, sometimes errors occur. This toolkit helps everyone involved — patients, families, clinicians and administrators — discuss what happened, agree on a resolution and make care safer in the long run."