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October 2017
Home Safety/Quality > Patient Safety

Perception of OR safety of surgical practice linked to postop mortality

Editor's Note The perception of safety of surgical practice among OR personnel was associated with hospital level 30-day postoperative patient mortality rates in this study. As part of the Safe Surgery 2015: South Carolina initiative, a baseline survey measuring perception of safety of surgical practice among OR personnel was completed.…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 25, 2017
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Study: Concurrent surgeries not linked to adverse outcomes

Editor's Note In this study using data from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP), concurrent surgical procedures were not found to increase the risk for adverse outcomes. The analysis included 1,430 surgeons from 390 hospitals who performed 12,010 concurrent surgical procedures from 2014 to…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 23, 2017
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Long-term opioid use rarely starts with surgery

Editor's Note The initial event associated with exposure to prescription opioids is often thought to be an injury or surgical procedure, but this study finds that opioid use rarely starts with surgical procedures. Of 117,118 patients with sustained prescription opioid use who were analyzed, just 800 (0.7%) received their initial…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 23, 2017
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Public expects physicians, nurses to protect them during active shooting events

Editor's Note Results of a new national survey by the Hartford Consensus about views of the public and healthcare professionals on active shooter events in hospitals show that: 61% of the public and 62% of professionals believe physicians and nurses have a special duty to protect patients during an active…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 22, 2017
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FDA: Vital Rx, dba Atlantic Pharmacy and Compounding recall all lots of compounded injectable drugs

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on August 18 announced the recall by Vital Rx, dba Atlantic Pharmacy and Compounding (Pompano Beach, Florida) of all lots of compounded injectable medications because of sterility assurance. During a recent FDA inspection, investigators observed unsanitary conditions, including poor sterile production practices.…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 22, 2017
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OR efficiency, staff satisfaction rise with TeamSTEPPS

Perioperative services that implement the TeamSTEPPS program—Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety—can see a range of benefits such as a better reporting culture, improved operational efficiency, and increased staff satisfaction, suggest emerging data presented in recent webinars and at a national conference. TeamSTEPPS was jointly developed…

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By: Susan London
August 22, 2017
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Mobile devices: A menace to propriety and patient privacy

Imagine this scenario in your ambulatory surgery center (ASC): A husband and wife in their early 80s arrive for the husband’s knee replacement surgery. His wife will drive him home after surgery, and their daughter will arrive from out of state the next day to help at home while he…

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By: Leslie Flowers
August 22, 2017
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VA notifies 526 patients at risk from improperly cleaned scopes

Editor's Note The Veterans Affairs Medical Center, in Buffalo, New York, is notifying 526 patients that they may be at risk of infection from improperly cleaned endoscopes, the August 16 Buffalo News reports. A recent hospital review of endoscope disinfection processes found that steps in the manufacturer’s instructions may not…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 21, 2017
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FDA: Bella Pharmaceuticals recalls all sterile drug products

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration on August 18 announced the recall by Bella Pharmaceuticals (Chicago, Illinois) of all lots of unexpired sterile drug products because of a lack of sterility assurance. Affected products include all lots distributed April 17, 2017, to August 10, 2017, nationwide. Products are packaged in…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 21, 2017
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Few outcome measures meet criteria for accuracy, validity assessment

Editor's Note This study from the Joint Commission finds that criteria for assessing whether outcome measures are accurate and valid enough to use for public reporting, payment, and accreditation are not well-defined. The authors propose four criteria to assess outcome measures: Strong evidence should exist that good medical care leads…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 17, 2017
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