Safety/Quality

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March 2018
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Association of injury location to mortality

Editor's Note Injury scene characteristics are linked to mortality, with odds of death highest for those injured in communities with higher median age or lower per capita income, and located farther from level 1 or 2 trauma centers, this study finds. This study of 16,082 patients found the odds of…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 9, 2018
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FDA: New imaging technology promises stable supply of imaging isotope

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, MD, on February 8 announced the role the FDA played in the groundbreaking effort to develop a new imaging technology−the RadioGenix System. The technology, which resulted from a collaboration across the federal government and industry, has the potential to…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 9, 2018
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Testing reprocessing procedures with PCR based method

Editor's Note A real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) sampling method for monitoring reprocessing of colonoscopes was successfully applied in this multicenter Italian study. PCR allowed identification of contaminated (59) and fully reprocessed (52) colonoscopes in 10 endoscopy units with high sensibility (98 %) and specificity (98%), within 3 to 4…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 8, 2018
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FDA clears updated design, labeling for Pentax duodenoscope

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on February 7 announced that it had cleared the updated design and labeling for Pentax Medical's duodenoscope Model ED-3490TK. Pentax replaced the forceps elevator mechanism, O-ring seal, and distal end cap, and updated the Operation Manual to recommend annual maintenance. The design…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 7, 2018
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Colorectal ERP improves outcomes, lowers costs despite use of expensive drugs

Editor's Note Implementation of an enhanced recovery pathway (ERP) for colorectal surgical patients substantially reduced length of stay, total hospital costs, and direct pharmacy costs without increasing complications or readmission rates in this study. The study, which included 160 colorectal patients before ERP was implemented and 146 patients after implementation,…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 6, 2018
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New brochure focuses on HAI prevention

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on January 31 announced that a new brochure is available to help healthcare organizations inform patients about healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and prevention. The brochure, titled, “For Our Patients and Their Visitors: Help Prevent Infections,” is derived from the resource, “Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Healthcare-Associated…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 6, 2018
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FDA: Class I recall of AirLife Humidification Chamber, Heated Breathing Circuit Kits

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on January 31 classified the recall by Vyaire Medical (Mettawa, Illinois) of its AirLife Humidification Chamber and Heated Breathing Circuit Kits as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of a manufacturing error that may cause parts of the…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 6, 2018
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FDA: AuroMedics recalls one lot of Levofloxacin

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on January 18 announced the recall by AuroMedics (East Windsor, New Jersey) of one lot of Levofloxacin in 5% Dextrose Injection 250 mg/50 mL in a single-use flexible container (NDC 55150-243-46, Lot CLF160003, Expiry date May 2018). The product has been found…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 25, 2018
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Study: Manual, automated cleaning equally effective for laparoscopes

Editor's Note In this experimental laboratory study, all cleaning and rinsing methods tested were effective in reducing the levels of organic residues on laparoscopic instruments. Four methods were examined: manual-only cleaning and rinsing with potable tap water manual cleaning and rinsing with potable tap water, followed by ultrasonic cleaning without…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 24, 2018
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ECRI Institute releases ‘Top 10 Hospital C-suite Watch List’

Editor's Note The ECRI Institute on January 22 announced the released its annual “Top 10 Hospital C-suite Watch List." Among the new and emerging innovations to watch are: Acuity-adaptable rooms, where hospitals keep a patient in the same room from admission to discharge, regardless of acuity level. Insertable cardiac monitors…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 24, 2018
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