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February 2018
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Latest steam sterilization standard available from AAMI

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) in September released the newest version of the ANSI/AAMI ST 79 Comprehensive Guide to Steam Sterilization and Sterility Assurance in Healthcare Facilities. This document, last updated in 2013, has been under a major review for changes in the format presentation and…

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By: Susan Klacik, BS, CRCST, CHL, CIS, ACE, FCS
November 15, 2017
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Violence in healthcare facilities--Know your risks

Violence is much more common in healthcare than in other industries, and although many violent events in healthcare are perpetrated by patients, a notable percentage are not. Individuals other than patients who may cause violence in healthcare settings include family members of patients and other visitors, employees, and criminals. Many…

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By: OR Manager
November 15, 2017
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Peer review inspires high performance from providers

Peer review is a hot topic in the quality arena as many ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) strive to create meaningful and sustainable evaluation of their providers. “As a surveyor, I can tell you peer review trips everybody up,” says Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR, CASC, chief nursing officer of Surgical…

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By: Leslie Flowers
November 15, 2017
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Landmark study may affect stroke treatment guidelines

Editor's Note Guidelines for stroke treatment currently recommend clot removal within 6 hours of onset. However, a new study led by researchers from Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, finds that clot removal up to 24 hours leads to significantly reduced disability. This international multi-center study randomly assigned 206 stroke…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 13, 2017
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Perioperative Nurse Week is November 12 to 18

  Editor's Note Every year, Perioperative Nurse Week focuses attention on the work of more than 160,000 nurses who advocate for surgical patients. During the week, perioperative nurses are honored by colleagues and communities to highlight the ways in which nurses are working to improve patient safety−before, during, and after…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 13, 2017
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Medicare readmission reduction program linked to increased mortality rates

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program has had the unintended consequence of increased short- and long-term mortality in heart failure patients, this study finds. Five years ago, as part of the Affordable Care Act, federal policy makers introduced the Hospital Readmission Reduction…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 13, 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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