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March 2018
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Association between bariatric surgery and diabetes treatment

Editor's Note In this nationwide French study, bariatric surgery was associated with a significantly higher 6-year postoperative diabetes treatment discontinuation rate, compared with baseline and a control group who did not have bariatric surgery. Of more than 30,000 patients included in the study, the treatment discontinuation rate was 49.9% for…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 16, 2018
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NPDB launches hospital attestation initiative

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on February 14 announced that the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) has launched a new initiative for US hospitals to complete their attestation when renewing their NPDB registrations. The NPDB is a repository of reports on medical malpractice payments and adverse actions related to healthcare…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 16, 2018
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Study: OR skullcaps not linked to SSIs

Editor's Note Strictly enforcing a ban on skullcaps in the OR had no impact on surgical site infection (SSI) rates in this study, presented at the annual Academic Surgical Congress in Jacksonville, Florida. The analysis included American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) data on 1,901…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 15, 2018
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Joint Commission seeking eCQM success stories

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on February 14 announced that accredited hospitals should start thinking about electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) success stories to share in the 2018 Pioneers in Quality Proven Practices Collection. Proven Practices was launched last year and is a peer-to-peer sharing of specific practices that an…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 15, 2018
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FDA permits marketing of new blood test for concussions

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on February 14 authorized marketing of the first blood test to help evaluate concussions in adults and reduce the need for CT scans. The Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator works by measuring levels of proteins (ie, UCH-L1 and GFAP) that are released from…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 15, 2018
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Decreasing intraop delays with surgical safety checklist

Editor's Note Purposeful completion (fidelity) of, more than adherence to, items in the surgical safety checklist diminished intraoperative delays in this study. Of 591 cases analyzed, 110 (19%) had at least one documented intraoperative delay. The majority were related to missing (50%) or malfunctioning (30%) equipment. Degree of fidelity was…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 14, 2018
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FDA permits marketing of software to alert providers of potential strokes in patients

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on February 13 announced that it is permitting the marketing of clinical decision support software that alerts providers to potential strokes in their patients. The Viz.AI Contact application is designed to analyze computed tomography images of the brain and send a text…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 14, 2018
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Johns Hopkins allowing animal-assisted therapy in ICU

Editor's Note Bringing specially trained dogs into ICUs can safely and substantially ease patients' physical and emotional pain, according to Johns Hopkins researchers. Having seen how successful animal-assisted therapy was in the inpatient rehabilitation unit at Johns Hopkins, the researchers adapted the hospital’s protocol to safely bring dogs to ICU…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 13, 2018
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FDA: Class I recall of HeartStart MRx Defibrillator

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on February 9 classified the recall by Philips Electronics (Andover, Massachusetts) of its HeartStart MRx Defibrillator as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of micro cracks in the gas discharge tube that allow internal gasses to escape and…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 13, 2018
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ACS NSQIP study defines cardiac risk factors of common surgical procedures

Editor's Note This analysis of 3 million elective surgical procedures in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) found a broad range of procedure-specific intrinsic cardiac adverse event risks associated with 200 commonly performed procedures. A total of 66 low, 30 intermediate, and 106 high…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 9, 2018
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