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December 2017
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Standardized ambulatory surgery protocol reduces postop pain, ED visits

Editor's Note Standardizing clinical processes for outpatient hernia repairs reduced postoperative pain and unplanned returns to the emergency department (ED), finds this study presented October 23 at the American College of Surgeons 2017 Clinical Congress in San Diego. Researchers developed a standardized eight-step protocol that incorporated best practices and enhanced…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 25, 2017
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Joint Commission: New Sentinel Event Alert video on RSIs

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on October 25 announced a new Sentinel Event Alert video on Preventing Unintended Retained Foreign Objects, also known as retained surgical items (RSIs). The new video with Erin Lawler, a human factors engineer from the Joint Commission, explains how to maximize safety in the OR…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 25, 2017
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Bariatric surgery patients at risk for new prolonged opioid use

Editor's Note Bariatric surgery patients have a much higher rate of newly persistent postoperative opioid use than general surgery patients, finds this study presented October 23 at the American College of Surgeons 2017 Clinical Congress in San Diego. Of 14,063 bariatric surgery patients in the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative who…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 24, 2017
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FDA: SCA pharmaceuticals recalls certain lots of injectable products

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on October 21 announced the recall by SCA Pharmaceuticals (Little Rock, Arkansas) of various lots of injectable products.  The recall was initiated because of the potential for the products to contain microbial contamination.  Many of the recalled products are used in anesthesia,…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 24, 2017
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Patients overestimate postop pain they will experience

Editor's Note Patients significantly overestimate the amount of pain they will experience after surgery, which can cause unnecessary anxiety, finds a study presented October 21 at the Anesthesiology 2017 annual meeting in Boston. A total of 223 patients completed a questionnaire before and after surgery to evaluate the level of…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 23, 2017
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Preop antibiotics significantly lower SSI risk in left colorectal surgery

Editor's Note Adding oral antibiotics to mechanical bowel preparation for left colorectal cancer surgery significantly lowered the rate of surgical site infections (SSIs), but the effect was marginal in right-colon resections, this study finds. For 89 patients having left colorectal resections, the rate of SSIs was 27% with mechanical bowel…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 23, 2017
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FDA updates Safety Alert for St Jude defibrillators

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on October 19 issued an updated Safety Alert for implantable cardioverter defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators by St Jude Medical. Because batteries for the devices may fail earlier than expected, St Jude has made available a new battery performance management tool,…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 23, 2017
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Penicillin allergy linked to SSI risk

  Editor's Note In this study from the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, patients with penicillin allergies had a 50% increased odds of developing surgical site infections (SSIs), which the researchers attributed to the second-line antibiotics administered to them.  A total of 8,385 patients who had surgery between 2010 and 2014…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 19, 2017
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ACS NSQIP recognizes 66 hospitals for meritorious outcomes

  Editor's Note The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) on October 18 recognized 66 of 680 hospitals participating in the adult program for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2016. ACS NSQIP hospitals are required to track outcomes for inpatient and outpatient…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 19, 2017
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CMUNRO SCALE created to facilitate risk assessment for pressure injuries

In 2016, after 10 years of research and validation, Cassendra Munro’s Pressure Ulcer Risk Assessment Scale for Perioperative Patients (Munro Scale) was made available for use in the perioperative setting and was added to the AORN Prevention of Pressure Ulcers Tool Kit. The Munro Scale assesses a patient’s risk level…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
October 19, 2017
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