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December 2017

Study: Restrictive vs liberal blood transfusion outcomes in cardiac surgery patients

Editor's Note A restrictive blood transfusion strategy (HGB <7.5 g/dL) was equivalent to a liberal strategy (HGB <9.5 g/dL in the OR or ICU and HGB<8.5 g/dL in the non-ICU ward) with regard to mortality and major disability in cardiac surgery patients who had a moderate-to-high risk of death, this…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 16, 2017
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CMS: Two inpatients needed for hospital survey, resurvey

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a new requirement, effective immediately, that a hospital must have at least two active inpatients at the time of survey, or the survey/resurvey will not be allowed to continue, the Joint Commission reported November 15. The new requirement…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 16, 2017
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FDA: Baxter recalls one lot of injectable amiodarone

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 15 announced the recall by Baxter International (Deerfield, Illinois) of one lot of Nexterone (amiodarone HCL) 150 mg/100 mL premixed injection because of the presence of particulate matter. The particulate matter was identified as polyethylene, the primary constituent of the…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 16, 2017
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Compassion practices linked to nurse well-being, patient perceptions of care

Editor's Note In this study, compassion practices were significantly and negatively associated with nurse emotional exhaustion and positively associated with nurse psychological vitality. Compassion practices were also positively associated with patient perceptions of care and overall patient ratings. Supplemental analysis found that nurse well-being mediates the relationship between compassion practices…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 15, 2017
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Joint Commission chooses Apervita platform to ease eCQM submission

Editor's Note The Joint Commission has selected Chicago-based Apervita’s platform to enable thousands of hospitals with ORYX data reporting requirement to directly submit electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) data in 2018, the November 14 Healthcare Informatics reports. Since the shift to eCQM data submission began 2 years ago, the Joint…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 15, 2017
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Surgical robot market poised for growth

Editor's Note A Meddevicetracker analysis expects the global market for robotically assisted surgical devices to see an 11.7% compound annual growth rate, reaching $5.3 billon by 2021, the November 10 Medtech Insight reports The market is being led by Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci systems, although the analysis predicts more competition…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 15, 2017
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Landmark study may affect stroke treatment guidelines

Editor's Note Guidelines for stroke treatment currently recommend clot removal within 6 hours of onset. However, a new study led by researchers from Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, finds that clot removal up to 24 hours leads to significantly reduced disability. This international multi-center study randomly assigned 206 stroke…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 13, 2017
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Joint Commission: More accredited hospitals submitting eCQM data

Editor's Note Despite the expansion of requirements for electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) reporting to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, an increased number of Joint Commission accredited hospitals are adopting and reporting eCQMs to drive quality improvement, the Joint Commission reports.  In 2016, 470 accredited hospitals submitted eCQM…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 13, 2017
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Perioperative Nurse Week is November 12 to 18

  Editor's Note Every year, Perioperative Nurse Week focuses attention on the work of more than 160,000 nurses who advocate for surgical patients. During the week, perioperative nurses are honored by colleagues and communities to highlight the ways in which nurses are working to improve patient safety−before, during, and after…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 13, 2017
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Medicare readmission reduction program linked to increased mortality rates

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program has had the unintended consequence of increased short- and long-term mortality in heart failure patients, this study finds. Five years ago, as part of the Affordable Care Act, federal policy makers introduced the Hospital Readmission Reduction…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 13, 2017
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