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Higher rates of mortality seen with benzodiazepine sedatives, study says

Continuous infusion benzodiazepines, a group of sedatives often used to treat intensive-care unit patients on ventilators, are linked to an increased likelihood of death compared to those who received propofol, a new study says.

Drive Medical introduces long-term care beds

Drive Medical introduces long-term care beds

Drive Medical is offering four new long-term care beds, including two models designed with the bariatric resident in mind.

New footwear sanitizing system released

New footwear sanitizing system released

Best Sanitizers Inc. has announced the HACCP SmartStep™ Footwear Sanitizing System. The system reduces cross-contamination from footwear for employees working in labs, clean rooms or in pharmaceutical plants.

Span-America launches Encore Bed

Span-America launches Encore Bed

Span-America recently launched an Encore bed meant to help those in long-term care.

Xarelto may be alternative for cancer patients with VTE

Patients with cancer who have had venous thromboembolism may have lower risk of bleeding with XARELTO® (rivaroxaban) , a study in Lancet Haematology suggests

Guardian Pharmacy of Atlanta acquires two pharmacies

Guardian Pharmacy of Atlanta has acquired the long-term care division of Moye's Pharmacy in Stockbridge, GA, and Wender & Roberts Assisted Living Pharmacy in Roswell, GA.

COMS launches new portal series

COMS Interactive has begun a continuum of care portal series that will work with Daylight IQTM and the recently acquired Directed Medical Systems product offerings.

Connected Living selected by Welch Healthcare senior facilities

Welch Healthcare & Retirement group has started using Connected Living in five communities in order to help residents go online.

Kisco Senior Living to expand CCRC

Kisco Senior Living said it plans to expand La Posada, a continuing care retirement community in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

Union Village and Valley Health System to kick off $1.2B project

Union Village and The Valley Health System in Henderson, NV, will hold a groundbreaking next week for a $1.2 billion project.

Vendor News

CompanyBriefs August 2014

» Optimus EMR announced it will include INTERACT 3.0 in upcoming release. The tool will be an embedded part of its Clinical Decision Support Module. Customers attending the Optimus Information Exchange in October will be able to hear additional details.

Two medications are approved by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved two medications in June that may benefit long-term care patients.

New incontinence products pushed to nurses, providers

New incontinence products pushed to nurses, providers

Incontinence management remains a hot commodity in long-term care, with three companies debuting products.

CompanyBriefs July 2014

» HD Supply Facilities Maintenance has opened a new distribution center in Tampa, FL, making it the 44th center in the United States and Canada. There are additional Florida distribution centers in Jacksonville, Lakeland, Miami and Orlando.

On the Move

Sallerson starts as Sherpa COO

Sallerson starts as Sherpa COO

Jayne Sallerson has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of Sherpa, a company with a customer relationship management software that works as a sales conversion tool.

New VP of ops at ECA

New VP of ops at ECA

James McKie is the new vice president of operations at Elder Care Alliance, a system of assisted living and memory care communities in the San Francisco Bay area.

Kucera moves to IAHSS

Kucera moves to IAHSS

Colleen Kucera is the new executive director of the International Association of Healthcare Security and Safety, which helps professionals responsible managing and directing security and safety programs in healthcare institutions.

Nevin takes over at Christiana Care

Nevin takes over at Christiana Care

Janice E. Nevin, M.D., MPH, has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer for Christiana Care Health System. She succeeds Robert J. Laskowski, M.D., MBA, who announced his retirement in March 2014.

Yamashita selected at Covenant

Yamashita selected at Covenant

Sodexo's Nori Yamashita has been selected as the Covenant Village of Colorado's Director of Dining Services.

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