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October 2017
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FDA: Maquet/Datascope recalls certain Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on June 19 announced the recall by Maquet/Datascope (Fairfield, New Jersey) of its System CS100, CS100i, and CS300 Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps. The recall also applies to System 98 or System 98XT IABP that was converted to a CS100i or CS 300 IABP.…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 20, 2017
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Avoiding blood wastage in the OR can improve bottom line

Keeping a close eye on implants that are opened and not used is one way OR leaders can track practices that add significantly to costs. But what about blood products? Blood taken to the OR and not used also can be costly. Although an individual unit of blood doesn't compare…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
June 20, 2017
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New instrument shows promise as low-cost alternative to robot

Researchers at the University of Michigan (U-M), Ann Arbor, have invented a new surgical instrument with the goal of addressing a vast, unmet need in minimally invasive surgery. For less than a thousand dollars, this platform technology—currently being commercialized by the start-up FlexDex Surgical—offers capabilities similar to those of the…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
June 20, 2017
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Customer service can make or break a patient's experience

Healthcare providers and their patients have benefited from practices borrowed from other industries—for example, the checklists and time-outs used in aviation or the Lean management principles used in manufacturing. Applying lessons learned in the entertainment industry to the hospital setting may seem like a stretch, but Dennis Snow will explore…

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By: Paula DeJohn
June 20, 2017
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Employee engagement: The path to better patient care--Part 2

Nurse engagement and leadership development were among the top concerns cited in a recent survey of healthcare leaders who reflected on challenges in nursing. To engage the nurse workforce, leaders themselves must be engaged, perioperative services leaders recently told OR Manager. In part 1 of this two-part series, they discussed…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
June 20, 2017
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Research explores relationship between SSIs and nurse education

Are there nursing characteristics such as certification status or educational attainment that impact surgical site infection rates? The answer to questions such as this may provide evidence of modifiable factors that could lessen surgical site infections (SSIs) and thus decrease the financial and emotional impact from these adverse events. The…

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By: James X Stobinski, PhD, RN, CSSM, CNOR
June 20, 2017
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Study: Ureteroscopes remain contaminated after cleaning, sterilization

Editor's Note Techniques used to clean and sterilize flexible ureteroscopes left behind contamination that included debris, residue, and bacteria, in this study presented June 14 at the 44th Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control. Researchers with Ofstead & Associates (St Paul, Minnesota) sampled 16 ureteroscopes at…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 19, 2017
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FDA: Hospira recalls Sodium Bicarbonate, Quelicin, and Potassium Phosphates injections

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on June 16 announced the recall by Hospira, Inc, a Pfizer company, of the following: 42 lots of 8.4% Sodium Bicarbonate Injection, USP, 50 mL vials 5 lots of Neut (Sodium Bicarbonate 4% additive solution) 5 mL vials 5 lots of Quelicin…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 19, 2017
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Joint Commission: Revisions to LS, EC chapters effective January 2018

Editor's Note Revisions to the Life Safety (LS) and Environment of Care (EC) chapters for Behavioral Health Care, Laboratory, Nursing Care Centers, and Office-Based Surgery accreditation programs, based on adoption of the 2012 editions of the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 101: Life Safety Code and NFPA 99: Health Care…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 16, 2017
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FDA issues Safety Alert for frameless stereotaxic navigation systems

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on June 15 issued a Safety Alert for frameless stereotaxic navigation systems because of navigational accuracy errors during surgical procedures. Some of these errors have led to patient deaths, serious or life-threatening injuries, and inaccurate, aborted, or prolonged surgical procedures. The FDA…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 16, 2017
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