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October 2017
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FDA: Safety alert for Medtronic’s NavLock Tracker

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 3 issued a Safety Alert for Medtronic’s NavLock Tracker. Medtronic has received 196 medical device reports that included two patient deaths after procedures in which non-Medtronic instruments were used with the NavLock Tracker. The NavLock Tracker enables navigation of Medtronic…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 3, 2017
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FDA: Class I recall of Medtronic HVAD controllers, DC adapters

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on April 18 designated the recall by Medtronic of its HVAD (HeartWare [left] ventricular assist device) system controllers and DC adapters as Class I, the most serious. Medtronic is issuing an updated controller and has begun to remove current HVAD controllers. The…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 2, 2017
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Surgical outcomes vary at bariatric centers of excellence

Editor's Note Center accreditation alone does not ensure high-quality care for bariatric surgical patients, this study finds. In this analysis of 145,527 patients across 165 bariatric centers of excellence, serious complication rates varied 17-fold at the national level and 2.1-fold at the state level. Complication rates varied at centers with…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 1, 2017
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Assessing OR airflow using door openings, air particle counts

Editor's Note Air particle counts (APCs) in the OR increase in relation to traffic and door openings, this study finds. Over 1 week, researchers recorded APCs in 5-minute intervals and movement of healthcare workers in the OR. Trained observers recorded information about traffic, door openings, job title of the opener,…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 28, 2017
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FDA: Label changes for use of general anesthetic, sedation drugs in young children

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on April 27 issued a Safety Alert saying the agency had approved label changes on the use of general anesthetic and sedation drugs in children younger than 3 years. The changes include: A new warning that exposure to these drugs for lengthy…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 28, 2017
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Overlapping surgeries not linked to worse outcomes

Editor's Note Contrary to claims that overlapping surgeries are dangerous or harmful to patients, they were not found to be associated with worse patient outcomes in this study presented April 25 at the 2017 American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting in Los Angeles. The analysis included 14,872 neurosurgical…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 27, 2017
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Survey examines effect of EHR outages on patient safety

Editor's Note A survey by SERMO (a global social network for physicians) of 3,086 physicians from 26 countries found that 46% have witnessed an EHR malfunction or outage that endangered a patient’s health or safety, according to the April 24 Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review. A total of 55%…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 27, 2017
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Effect of PSH elements on total joint outcomes

Editor's Note In this study, the use of preoperative and postoperative elements of a Perioperative Surgical Home model in total knee and hip patients was associated with improvements in operational outcomes. The study included 1,225 patients in a preintervention PSH group and 1,363 in a postintervention PSH group. Compared with…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 26, 2017
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Micro-hospitals: A new trend in healthcare

Editor's Note A new trend in US healthcare, known as “micro-hospitals,” offers care in underserved communities and provides an alternative to emergency care at major hospitals, according to the April 24 US News & World Reports. Micro-hospitals, already built in 19 states, have an average of 8 to 10 short-stay…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 26, 2017
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Survey on public perceptions of overlapping surgery

Editor's Note A survey of public perceptions of overlapping surgery found that only a small minority of the general public is aware of the practice. Of 1,454 respondents, 56 (3.9%) were aware of overlapping surgery, and 440 (31%) supported or strongly supported the practice. The majority believed attending surgeons should…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 25, 2017
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