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Fluid monitoring process helps bariatric surgery patients drink more water

Editor's Note A well-structured water distribution and documentation process helped bariatric surgery patients drink more water and improve postoperative outcomes, finds this study presented July 23 at the 2017 American College of Surgeons Quality and Safety Conference. The average baseline water intake for 12 patients was 381.5 mL during a…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 2, 2017
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Effect of postop hyperglycemia, preop hemoglobin on outcomes in diabetic patients

Editor's Note Early postoperative hyperglycemia was linked to increased readmissions after gastrointestinal surgery in insulin-dependent diabetic patients, but elevated preoperative hemoglobinA1c was not, this study finds. Higher preoperative hemoglobinA1c levels were associated with increased postoperative glucose level checks and insulin use as well as lower rates of postoperative complications. Though…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 2, 2017
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'Strong for Surgery' program reduces preop smoking rates

Editor's Note A new study finds a big drop in smoking rates when surgeons get involved in helping patients quit before surgery through the "Strong for Surgery" program. The study was presented July 23 at the 2017 American College of Surgeons (ACS) Quality and Safety Conference. Strong for Surgery is…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 1, 2017
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AAHC releases toolkit on endoscope reprocessing

Editor's Note The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care on July 25 released a new toolkit that focuses on flexible endoscope reprocessing failures. The toolkit is designed to help eliminate failures or lapses in reprocessing through detailed guidelines and checklists in order to mitigate the risk of patient infections. The…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 1, 2017
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Colorectal ERAS improves outcomes, reduces costs

Editor's Note An Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) program for colorectal surgery patients shortened hospital length of stay by more than half, reduced complications by more than one-third, and cut costs by some $11,000 per procedure, finds a study presented July 23 at the American College of Surgeons 2017 Quality…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 31, 2017
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FDA: All ED-530XT duodenoscopes by Fujifilm recalled

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 21 announced the recall by Fujifilm of its ED-530XT duodenoscopes. The recall includes replacement of the ED-530XT forceps elevator mechanism including the o-ring seal, replacement of the distal end cap, and a new operations manual. The FDA cleared the updated…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 31, 2017
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CDC issues new report on antibiotic use

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on July 26 issued a new report titled “Antibiotic Use in the United States, 2017: Progress and Opportunities.” The report includes information on the current status of antibiotic use in healthcare settings, highlighting programs and resources to support antibiotic stewardship (ie,…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 31, 2017
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Joint Commission announces first recipient of Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on July 19 announced that the University of Kansas Health System, Kansas City, is the first hospital in the nation to achieve its Comprehensive Cardiac Center (CCC) Certification. To achieve certification, hospitals must demonstrate compliance with consensus-based standards, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for cardiac care,…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 19, 2017
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Global outbreak of M chimaera linked to German factory

Editor's Note The LivaNova factory in Munich, Germany, a manufacturer of heater-cooler units used in cardiothoracic surgery, appears to be the source of a global outbreak of Mycobacterium chimaera, this study finds. Researchers matched the DNA of samples taken from 21 infected cardiothoracic surgical patients to samples from heater-cooler units…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 17, 2017
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Distinguishing risk factors for SSIs after pancreatic surgery

Editor's Note Reporting of surgical site infections (SSIs) after pancreatic surgery should distinguish between superficial and organ-space infections, which will require different preventative strategies, this study finds. Results showed that risk factors for superficial and organ-space SSIs after pancreatic surgery differed. Preoperative biliary stenting was an independent risk factor for superficial…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 13, 2017
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