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February 2018
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New app helps protect patients’ brains during surgery

Editor's Note A new app developed by students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s (UWM’s) App Brewery and a neuropsychologist at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) monitors critical brain functions during neurosurgical procedures in which patients are awake. The app, called “NeruoMapper,” assists neurosurgeons who are removing tumors by helping…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 12, 2017
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Comparison of internal medicine, general surgery residents’ postop risk assessments

Editor's Note Risk assessments of postoperative complications and death in surgically complex patients were not significantly different between internal medicine and general surgery residents in this study. However, both groups overestimated the risks compared with the American College of Surgeons’ National Surgical Quality Improvement Project (ACS NSQIP) risk adjusted model.…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 12, 2017
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Two firms awarded grants to develop medical devices for children

Editor's Note The Philadelphia Pediatric Medical Device Consortium (PPMDC) has chosen two companies out of eight finalists to receive grants of $50,000 each to develop medical devices for children. The devices include a: speech generating system that allows hospitalized children who are unable to speak to communicate with clinicians handheld…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 12, 2017
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Study: Antibiotic prophylaxis not linked to postop antibiotic-resistant infections

Editor's Note Surgical patients who received antibiotic prophylaxis before low-risk procedures did not have an increased risk for postoperative antibiotic-resistant infections, this study finds. Of 22,138 patients included in the analysis, 689 developed an infection within 30 days after surgery. Of these, 550 (80%) had received antibiotic prophylaxis, and 338…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 11, 2017
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ECRI Institute offers free disaster preparedness, recovery resources

Editor's Note In response to the destruction caused by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, the ECRI Institute is providing free access to resources, publications, and tools to help guide healthcare facilities affected by natural disasters. The Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Resource Center, which includes links to material from the ECRI…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 11, 2017
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Diffusion, implementation of acute care surgery across the US

Editor's Note Acute care surgery (ie, an organized system of trauma, general surgery, and critical care) implementation has occurred unevenly across the US, with rural communities and regions the slowest, this study finds. Of 1,690 hospitals surveyed, 272 had implemented acute care surgery by 2015−an increase from 34 in 2001…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 9, 2017
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Joint Commission begins Phase 4 revisions of EP Review Project

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on October 4 announced that Phase 4 of the EP [elements of performance] Review Project has begun, with EPs across all accreditation programs being evaluated for streamlining and consolidation. Revisions from the first part of Phase 4 will take effect January 1, 2018. Consolidation is…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 9, 2017
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Factors linked to readmission after total hip

Editor's Note All-cause readmission is the only metric in widespread use, but it overlooks important information that enables readmission risk to be understood, this study finds. Of 514,455 patients in the UK analyzed over a 10-year period, there were 30,489 all-cause readmissions, 16,499 readmissions related to the surgical site, and…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 5, 2017
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Joint Commission deletes Medication Management EP

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced on October 4 that it is deleting element of performance (EP) 3 for Medication Management 09.01.01 for hospitals and critical access hospitals, effective October 1. The standard states: “The [critical access] hospital educates patients, and their families as needed, regarding the appropriate use of…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 5, 2017
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FDA issues Safety Alert for intraocular TMV injections

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on October 3 issued a Safety Alert saying the agency had received an adverse event report on a patient who was diagnosed with bilateral hemorrhagic occlusive retinal vasculitis after being administered injections of a compounded triamcinolone, moxifloxacin, vancomycin (TMV) formulation in each…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 5, 2017
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