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February 2018
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Outcomes in patients diagnosed with OSA during preop screening vs previously diagnosed

Editor's Note In this study, patients diagnosed on the day of surgery as moderate to high risk for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) had similar rates of adverse respiratory events (ie, perioperative hypoxemia and difficult airway management) as patients who had been diagnosed with OSA previously. However, those diagnosed with OSA…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 14, 2017
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Cognitive assessment helps predict survival in frail surgical patients

Editor's Note Adding cognitive assessment to frailty assessment predicted poor postoperative outcomes and survival in frail patients better than either measurement alone, this study finds. The study included 330 patients having major surgery who were assessed with a four-level composite frailty scoring system, which was created by combining the Fried…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 10, 2017
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Obese cardiac surgery patients use more ICU resources

Editor's Note After cardiac surgery, obese patients required significantly more ICU resources and longer recovery times, resulting in more expensive, labor-intensive care, this study finds. Of 5,365 patients included in the analysis, 1,948 were classified as obese. Patients with greater obesity were: four times more likely to have longer time…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 10, 2017
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Healthcare needs to prepare for Ransomware 2.0

Editor's Note Cybersecurity experts are warning that Ransomware 2.0 is coming, and healthcare needs to be prepared, the August 8 Healthcare IT News reports. Ransomware 2.0 combines ransomware with a worm, which allows it to move laterally or across internal and external networks. Because the next wave of attacks will…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 10, 2017
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New national surgical safety program begins with colorectal surgery

Editor's Note Researchers have released a surgical technical evidence review for colorectal surgery (published online August 7 in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons) as the first step in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Safety Program for Improving Surgical Care and Recovery, a nationwide program to…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 9, 2017
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Mayo Clinic tops US News Honor Roll of Best Hospitals

Editor's Note The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, was ranked the nation’s top hospital by US News & World Report in its 2017-2018 Honor Roll of Best Hospitals. The Honor Roll consists of 20 hospitals with the highest combined overall scores in 16 medical-surgical specialties. Cleveland Clinic was second, Johns Hopkins…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 9, 2017
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ACS releases new surgical quality, safety manual

Editor's Note The American College of Surgeons (ACS) on August 7 announced the release of a new manual, “Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety,” to help guide surgeons in leading quality improvement and patient safety efforts in their organizations. The collaborative publication from 135 contributing authors and two surgeon…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 8, 2017
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FDA: Class I recall of Datascope Corp/Maquet intra-aortic balloon pump

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on August 4 classified the recall by Datascope Corp/Maquet (Mahwah, New Jersey) of its intra-aortic balloon pump as Class I, the most serious. The recall was issued because of the risk of a valve failure, which prevents the balloon from inflating and…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 8, 2017
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FDA: Safety Alert for triamicinolone, moxifloxacin intravitreal injection by Guardian Pharmacy Services

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration on July 28 issued a Safety Alert for compounded triamicinolone and moxifloxacin for intravitreal injection by Guardian Pharmacy Services (Dallas, Texas). [The Guardian Pharmacy Services in Dallas is not affiliated with the national long-term care Guardian Pharmacy Services, LLC headquartered in Atlanta.] The…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 4, 2017
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Preop elderly assessment tool identifies postop complication risks

Editor's Note Screening elderly patients preoperatively using the Vulnerable Elders Surgical Pathways and Outcomes Assessment (VESPA) tool helped identify patients at higher risk of postoperative complications in this study. A total of 736 patients 70 years of age or older were assessed in a preoperative clinic from July 9, 2008,…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 4, 2017
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