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October 2017
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FDA: Oscor recalls Atar extension cables

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 6 announced the recall by Oscor Inc (Palm Harbor, Florida) of its Atar extension cables. The recall was initiated because, during use, some of the cables were separating from the connectors at the proximal end. The Atar cable is an…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 10, 2017
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Development of quality indicators to assess emergency general surgery

Editor's Note Development of and adherence to quality indicators by providers may improve the quality of emergency general surgery, for which current outcomes are modifiable, finds this study. Of 25 quality indicators developed and rated as valid, there were 13 for patient-level and 12 for hospital-level quality. Adherence with 18…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 6, 2017
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CMS star ratings not linked to surgical outcomes

Editor's Note High Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings were not associated with improved patient outcomes in advanced laparoscopic abdominal surgery, this study finds. Morbidity at low-star hospitals was higher for colorectal surgery but not for bariatric or hiatal hernia surgery, and no significant…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 5, 2017
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Joint Commission: Quick Safety on daily safety briefings

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on June 28 posted a Quick Safety on daily safety briefings--a hallmark of high reliability organizations. Safety briefings--also called safety huddles, daily check-ins, or daily safety calls--are used to give keep frontline staff and leadership informed. The briefings can be used to: share issues that…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 29, 2017
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FDA: Recall of potassium phosphate and succinylcholine chloride by PharMEDium Services

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration on June 27 announced the recall by PharMEDium Services of specific lots of potassium phosphate and succinylcholine chloride because of a lack of sterility assurance. The products being recalled were compounded using certain Hospira products, which were recalled on June 15 because microbial…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 29, 2017
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Study characterizes ED visits after total joint procedures

Editor's Note Emergency department (ED) visits after total joint procedures were numerous and mostly for pain-related diagnoses, and Medicaid patients had almost double the risk of an ED or pain-related ED visit, this study finds. Of 152,783 patients analyzed, 3.42% returned to the inpatient setting and 5.81% visited the ED…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 28, 2017
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FDA announces new digital health resources

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the creation of a new centralized Digital Health Unit in its Center for Devices and Radiological Health, which together with draft guidance on software as a medical device, is designed to support technological innovation and advance digital health, the June…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 28, 2017
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US News & World Report lists top pediatric hospitals

Editor's Note For the third straight year, Boston Children’s Hospital tops the US News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was second, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center was third. US News bases its honor roll on how hospitals rank in each of 10…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 28, 2017
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Alcohol fixation of bacteria to instruments increases cleaning difficulty

Editor's Note Treating contaminated surgical instruments with alcohol, allowing them to dry, or allowing them to soak in water for extended periods of time increases cleaning difficulty and may contribute to sterilization inefficacy, this study finds. Soaking or spraying instruments with alcohol significantly reduced viable bacterial numbers, but significantly increased…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 27, 2017
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New combination of tests identify patients with benign pancreatic cysts

Editor's Note The combination of two molecular biology tests is the first to distinguish, with near certainty, pancreatic lesions that mimic early signs of cancer but are completely benign, this study finds. The vascular endothelial growth factor-A test alone singled out benign serious cystic neoplasms with a sensitivity of 100%…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 26, 2017
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