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Industry Boundaries
As Hopkins scientists convert knowledge gained in laboratories and clinics into treatments, they turn to industry to advance their work. But those relationships should be clearly defined to ensure objectivity and to maintain patient and public trust. Recently, Johns Hopkins Medicine adopted a new policy to define how we interact with pharmaceutical and medical devices industries. Effective  July 1, the policy on interaction  with industry applies to full-time and part-time faculty and staff, trainees, students and volunteers of all Johns Hopkins Medicine member organizations. It limits interactions with companies whose purpose is primarily product marketing and clarifies the terms of interactions with regard to scientific exchange. Among the issues covered are acceptance of gifts, meals, free pharmaceutical samples, and conflicts of interest on purchasing. Info:; policy questions: Office of Policy Coordination,

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Hand Hygiene Observers
No, Big Brother isn’t watching, but Johns Hopkins’ outpatients might be. A new study, launched by Mark Bittle, vice president for ambulatory care, Suzanne LaMarche, manager of ambulatory quality and patient safety, and colleagues, empowers willing patients to observe caregivers’ hand hygiene compliance. Based on the Joint Commission’s best practice information, an outpatient center employee asks patients at check-in if they’d be willing to participate in the project. If so, they’re given a bright yellow card to complete during the provider encounter and asked to drop the card into a box after the visit. So far, patient response has been overwhelmingly positive. Hand hygiene compliance as measured by the patient-as-observer process is averaging 88 percent. Patients are also adding feedback on the card’s comments section. In spite of—or perhaps because of—that conspicuous yellow card, caregiver reaction, especially among physicians, has been equally positive. 

Grand Rounds Sans Travel Time
Used to be, when Johns Hopkins Bayview cardiologists wanted to catch Grand Rounds at Hopkins Hospital, they’d have to allow travel time. No more. Since April, Cardiology Grand Rounds is simulcast every Wednesday from 8 to 9 a.m. at Bayview. “Our division has a large number of faculty at Bayview,” says Lili Barouch, director of Cardiology Grand Rounds. “Many can’t make it to the East Baltimore campus for Grand Rounds because of clinic, inpatient rounds or other responsibilities. It took some coordination, but the feedback has already been very positive, and attendance is way up.”



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