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The top images show the untreated retina, left, and the effect of anti-Scg-3 therapy to treat retinopathy of prematurity in a mouse model. The bottom images zoom in on the blood vessels.

Study Suggests New Way to Prevent Vision Loss in Diabetics and Premature Babies

March 22, 2017

Researchers at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, part of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, have identified a new molecule that induces the formation of abnormal blood vessels in the eyes of diabetic mice. The study suggests that inhibiting this molecule may prevent similarly aberrant blood vessels from damaging the vision of not only diabetics, but also premature infants.

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Thinh Tran, M.D., MBA., chief clinical officer and chief operating officer, joins the hand sanitizer mascot at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

Successful Patient Safety Week Concludes

March 17, 2017

Friday was the fifth and final day of Patient Safety Week activities. With the theme of the day being preventing infection, hands across campus were washed and sanitized in record numbers. Hand sanitizer bottles were given away throughout UHealth locations, and the Hand Sanitizer Mascot made surprise inspirational appearances.

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Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Study Points to Dangers in Unproven Stem Cell Treatments in Local Clinic

March 16, 2017

Three South Florida women suffered serious loss of vision soon after receiving stem cell treatments for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) at a Broward clinic in 2015, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. “The retinal detachments, bleeding in the eyes and other blinding complications in these three patients raise concerns about stem cell clinics that charge patients for their services and that lack clinical data to support their practices,” said Thomas Albini, M.D., associate professor of clinical ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and co-author of the study.

From left, student pharmacist Bibi Barrios with UMH Pharmacy Clinical Manager Marlene Delavalle, Pharm.D.

Patient Safety Week Activities Continue on Thursday

March 14, 2017

Wednesday, the third day of Patient Safety Week, focused on the safe use of medications. It was a day of important educational outreach, an amusing but informative takeoff on the TV game show “Jeopardy” and an opportunity for UHealth’s pharmacy experts to enjoy some time in the spotlight. Thursday’s activities will focus on the safe use of alarms.

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Wrist bands remind staff of the two approved patient identifiers that should be verified with every patient, every time.

Patient Safety Week Activities Continue on Wednesday

March 13, 2017

Tuesday, the second day of Patient Safety Week, was marked by flashes of green and orange on wrists through the UHealth system. The day’s theme was “Identify Patients Correctly,” and the wrist bands given out featured white raised lettering that said “Name & DOB,” reminding all staff of the required way to accurately identify patients. Wednesday’s activities will focus on the safe use of medications.

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From left, David J. Birnbach, M.D., M.P.H., Michael E. Barron, M.D., Myka Whitman, B.S.N., RN, Melinda Sawyer, M.S.N., RN, and Steven Falcone, M.D., M.B.A.

Patient Safety Week Events Continue Tuesday

March 13, 2017

Patient Safety Week had an energetic start, with activities across the entire UHealth system. One major event was the introduction of the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) to UHealth leaders. Created by Johns Hopkins patient safety researchers, CUSP improves patient safety culture while providing frontline caregivers with the tools and support they need to tackle the hazards that threaten their patients.

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Far right, David J. Birnbach, M.D., M.P.H., Director of the UM-JMH Center for Patient Safety, conducts a training session.

Patient Safety Week Activities Begin Monday

March 09, 2017

Patient Safety Week, observed March 12-18 this year, is an annual national campaign to foster education and increase awareness related to patient safety. Daily special patient safety activities across the medical campus will be held Monday, March 13, through Friday, March 17. All facilities of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System will offer educational resources and informational materials for patients and staff.

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From left, patient Leon Jalfon with Ben Riestra, chief administrative officer of the Lennar Center.

Playing His Way Back to Health

March 03, 2017

Several weeks ago, patients and employees at the new Lennar Foundation Medical Center in Coral Gables began to notice classical music filling the front of the building. Someone was playing the piano in the building’s lobby — Chopin, specifically — and the music was rising up through the atrium to the floors above. The pianist turned out to be Leon Jalfon, a 20-year-old patient at the Lennar Center, who, upon seeing the Steinwa

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