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October 2017
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Study shows positive results for new AAA graft in women

Editor's Note Thirty-day data from the 225-patient LUCY (Evaluation of FemaLes who are Underrepresented Candidates for Abdominal Aortic AneurYsm Repair) Study showed that at least 28% more women became eligible for  minimally invasive endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair when using Endologix’s (Irvine, California) Ovation abdominal stent graft system, according…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 5, 2017
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Ketamine doesn’t affect postop delirium, pain

Editor's Note Ketamine does not decrease delirium or lower levels of pain in older adults after major surgery and might cause harm by inducing hallucinations and nightmares, this study finds. A total of 672 patients were randomly assigned to a placebo group (222 patients), a 0.5 mg/kg ketamine group (227),…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 2, 2017
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Joint Commission revises Safety Goal on HAIs

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on May 31 announced the revision of requirements for National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) 7: Reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections. The changes are effective January 1, 2018. The requirements include: NPSG.07.03.01−Multidrug-resistant organisms. The changes help address infection prevention strategies to contain outbreaks, which now…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 1, 2017
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Postop program reduces delirium risk, LOS for elderly

Editor's Note Older patients who had major abdominal surgery and received interventions that included daily orienting communication, oral and nutritional assistance, and early mobilization were less likely to experience delirium and had a shorter hospital length of stay (LOS), this study finds. A total of 377 patients were included in…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 31, 2017
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Joint Commission posts addendums for radiation risks of diagnostic imaging

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on May 30 posted addendums to its Sentinel Event Alert, Issue 47: Radiation risks of diagnostic imaging. Risks associated with ionizing radiation in diagnostic imaging included cancer, burns, and other injuries. The addendums update broken links, resources, and references. Sentinel Event Alert, Issue 47: Radiation…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 31, 2017
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FDA: Class I recall of Zimmer Biomet implantable spinal fusion stimulators

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 30 identified the recall by Zimmer Biomet (Warsaw, Indiana) of its SpF PLUS-Mini and SpF XL IIB implantable spinal fusion stimulators as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of higher than allowed levels of potential harmful…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 31, 2017
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Improving postop transitional care with phone-based program

Editor's Note A phone-based transitional care program after complex abdominal surgery has high patient engagement and can be implemented using existing hospital infrastructure, this study finds. For the program, nurses met patients before hospital discharge and then contacted them within 24 to 72 hours to review: medication reconciliation any symptoms…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 25, 2017
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Joint Commission: Safety update on improperly sterilized, HLD equipment

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on May 24 issued a new Quick Safety update on improperly sterilized or high-level disinfected (HLD) equipment, which continues to be a frequently scored noncompliant standard (IC 02.02.01). The update includes expanded safety actions to help leaders oversee sterilization and HLD processes and ensure that…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 25, 2017
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Mortality lower at teaching hospitals

Editor's Note In this study, major teaching hospital status was associated with lower mortality rates for common medical and surgical conditions, compared with nonteaching hospitals. The analysis of 21.4 million hospitalizations of Medicare patients at 4,483 hospitals (250 major teaching, 894 minor teaching, and 3,339 nonteaching) found that 30-day mortality…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 24, 2017
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FDA: Class I recall of HeartMate II LVAS Pocket System Controller

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 23 identified the recall by Abbott-Thoratec (Pleasanton, California) of its HeartMate II Left Ventricular Assist (LVAS) Pocket System Controller as Class I, the most serious. Abbott-Thoratec has receives 70 reports of incidents in which the controller malfunctions after an exchange,…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 24, 2017
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