Patient Safety

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February 2018
Home Safety/Quality > Patient Safety

FDA: Recall of Pharmacist Choice Alcohol Prep Pads

  Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on December 5 announced the recall of 3 lots of Pharmacist Choice Alcohol Prep Pads by Simple Diagnostics (Coral Springs, Florida), which were manufactured by Foshan Flying Medical Products Co Ltd, located in China. The alcohol pads were recalled because of…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 6, 2017
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Cost-benefit analysis of OR air change rates

Editor's Note Increasing OR ventilation rates to improve outcomes and reduce surgical site infections did not provide cleaner air but did increase operating costs in this study. Air quality was measured at different ventilation rates in three ORs. Increasing air change rates did not provide an overall cleaner environment. Significant…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 30, 2017
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Examining surgical outcomes to identify procedures needing additional QI efforts

Editor's Note This analysis of 10 surgical procedures accrued into the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) between 2008 and 2015, identified which procedures improved the most from QI efforts and which needed more. Hepatectomy demonstrated the greatest improvement across the greatest number of outcomes…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 29, 2017
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Study shows large shift in cataract surgery from hospitals to ASCs

Editor's Note National data show a large shift in cataract surgeries from hospitals to less expensive ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), where care can be delivered faster and closer to home, this study finds. From 2001 to 2014, the proportion of cataract surgeries performed at ASCs increased steadily from 43.6% to…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 27, 2017
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FDA approves first implanted lens that can be adjusted after cataract surgery

  Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 22 announced the approval of RxSight Inc’s (Pasadena, California) Light Adjustable Lens and Light Delivery Device. This is the first system that allows ophthalmologists to make small adjustments to the implanted lens’ power after cataract surgery to improve visual…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 27, 2017
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Association of HRRP with surgical readmissions

Editor's Note The Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) decreased readmissions for targeted procedures, but no association was found for nontargeted procedures in this study. This analysis of 672,135 Medicare patients treated at 2,773 hospitals included 507,663 patients who had total knee or hip arthroplasty procedures (targeted) and 164, 472 who…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 27, 2017
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Survey finds lack of support for texting of medical orders

Editor's Note A survey released November 16 by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices found that many healthcare providers do not support the texting of medical orders. Of 778 respondents, which included nurses, pharmacists, physicians and other prescribers, medication/patient safety officers, and quality risk managers, 33% did not believe medical…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 27, 2017
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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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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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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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