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December 2017
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Nurse-run telephone triage service for after-hour calls by neurosurgery patients

Editor's Note Clinical Advice Service (CAS), a nurse-run telephone triage service for after-hour calls, developed at the Stanford University School of Medicine, provides well-coordinated care to neurosurgery patients while reducing physician workload, this study finds. Between July 2016 and June 2017, CAS nurses received 1,021 after-hours calls from neurosurgery patients.…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 10, 2017
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Joint Commission updates Patient Blood Management standards

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on November 8 announced the update of its Patient Blood Management standards to align with AABB standards. Among the changes: educational requirements for those who order and/or transfuse blood defined guidelines on transfusion orders procedures for emergent/urgent patients, including massive blood loss intraoperative methods for…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 10, 2017
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FDA clears new, faster CBC test

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 6 cleared a new complete blood cell count (CBC) test that can be run in more healthcare settings and offers faster results for patients and providers. The FDA granted premarket clearance and a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA)…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 10, 2017
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Study: Overlapping surgery is safe

Editor's Note Overlapping surgery can be safely performed without risking patient safety, this study from Emory University Hospital finds. Of 2,275 neurosurgical cases included in the analysis, 1,303 were overlapping and 972 were nonoverlapping. The researchers found no difference between overlapping and nonoverlapping neurosurgical procedures in terms of 90-day postoperative…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 8, 2017
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FDA: Safety Alert for Cardinal Health’s Infant/Child Reduced Energy Defibrillation Electrodes

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 6 issued a Safety Alert saying that Physio-Control (Redmond, Washington) launched a voluntary field action for specific lots of Infant/Child Reduced Energy Defibrillation Electrodes manufactured by Cardinal Health (Dublin, Ohio). There is an issue with the artwork on the electrodes…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 8, 2017
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Retained Surgical Items: A Patient Safety Issue - On Demand

Time: One hourCEs: 1 Contact Hour Retained Surgical Items: A Patient Safety Issue The risk of having a retained surgical item (RSI) exists for any individual undergoing a surgical procedure. Any RSI incidence is considered a never event and can be prevented with safe practices. Patient harm and mortality, along…

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Interventions increase reporting of adverse events by pediatric anesthesiologists

Editor's Note Electronic mandatory incident reporting system data entry and an initiative to understand and address reporting barriers and motivators were associated with sustained increases in adverse event reporting by pediatric anesthesiologists, in this study. Of 72,384 pediatric anesthetics analyzed, there were 2,689 adverse events. A subgroup of 54,469 cases…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 7, 2017
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Preop cognitive screening predicts postop complications in older total joint patients

Editor's Note Poor preoperative cognition, as assessed by preoperative Mini-Cog screening, is prevalent among older total joint patients and predictive of adverse outcomes, including postoperative delirium, longer hospital stay, and greater likelihood of discharge to a place other than home, this study finds. Of 211 patients 65 years of age…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 7, 2017
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FDA: Recall of prefilled syringes labeled Midazolam that are actually Ondansetron

Editor's Note The FDA announced on November 3 that Fresenius Kabi USA (Lake Zurick, Illinois) is recalling one lot of Midazolam Injection, USP, 2 mg/2 mL packaged in 2 mL prefilled single-use glass syringes because the packages labeled as Midazolam actually contain syringes that are filled with and labeled as…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 7, 2017
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Periop nurses key in reducing readmissions after CABG surgery

Editor's Note Perioperative nurses engaging in patient and community education to explain coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery, reinforcing recommended discharge guidelines, and serving as expert resources are key to positive outcomes and reducing readmissions, finds this review article. In 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reduced payments…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 6, 2017
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ECRI Institute releases Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2018

Editor's Note The ECRI Institute on November 6 released its Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2018. The report identifies potential sources of danger involving medical devices and other healthcare technologies to watch for in the coming year. Topping the list is ransomware and other cybersecurity threats, followed by endoscope…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 6, 2017
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Innovations in Reducing Surgical Site Infections: A Better Path to Patient Safety On-Demand Webinar

Date: Thursday, July 24Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. CEs: 1 Contact Hour Innovations in Reducing Surgical Site Infections: A Better Path to Patient Safety In 2015, Medicare’s penalty for hospital-acquired conditions such as surgical site infections will go into effect, putting hospitals at greater financial risk and making it…

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