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As the number of biological labs increases, so too do the safety risks for lab workers. Data on these risks--collected through a safety reporting system (SRS) from reports of hazards, incidents, and accidents--can support safety efforts.
Health-care-associated infections (HAI) are a leading cause of death. Recent high-profile cases of HAIs in ambulatory surgical centers (ASC) due to lapses in recommended infection control practices may indicate a more widespread problem in ASCs, but the prevalence of such lapses is unknown.
Federal agencies are increasingly expected to focus on achieving results and to demonstrate, in annual performance reports and budget requests, how their activities will help achieve agency or governmentwide goals.
Information sharing and coordination are key elements in any defense against cyber attacks. The organizations GAO reviewed identified factors they considered critical to their success in building successful information-sharing relationships with and among their members.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Health Care Financing Administration's (HCFA) processes to ensure that dialysis facilities meet quality-of-care standards, focusing on: (1) the extent to which on-site inspections of dialysis facilities are performed and problems are identified; (2)...
The Department of Health, Education, and Welfare's (HEW) immunization programs were reviewed. Specifically addressed were the HEW childhood disease and flu immunization programs' effectiveness, liability, adverse vaccine reactions, and vaccine supply.
One line of effort of the Evaluation Guidelines and Methodology issue area is identifying and developing methods to improve the conduct of Federal evaluation studies. Among other tasks, this involves conducting studies which focus on an identified need and potential methods to satisfy it.