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December 2017
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Study: Restrictive vs liberal blood transfusion outcomes in cardiac surgery patients

Editor's Note A restrictive blood transfusion strategy (HGB <7.5 g/dL) was equivalent to a liberal strategy (HGB <9.5 g/dL in the OR or ICU and HGB<8.5 g/dL in the non-ICU ward) with regard to mortality and major disability in cardiac surgery patients who had a moderate-to-high risk of death, this…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 16, 2017
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Compassion practices linked to nurse well-being, patient perceptions of care

Editor's Note In this study, compassion practices were significantly and negatively associated with nurse emotional exhaustion and positively associated with nurse psychological vitality. Compassion practices were also positively associated with patient perceptions of care and overall patient ratings. Supplemental analysis found that nurse well-being mediates the relationship between compassion practices…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 15, 2017
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Joint Commission chooses Apervita platform to ease eCQM submission

Editor's Note The Joint Commission has selected Chicago-based Apervita’s platform to enable thousands of hospitals with ORYX data reporting requirement to directly submit electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) data in 2018, the November 14 Healthcare Informatics reports. Since the shift to eCQM data submission began 2 years ago, the Joint…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 15, 2017
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Remote video auditing: A path to compliance and safety

Perioperative services leaders seeking to improve safety and efficiency without sacrificing quality may want to turn to remote video auditing (RVA), which is being successfully used in hospital ORs and ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). “We’ve seen improved patient safety, efficiency, and cleaning processes,” says Sheldon Newman, MD, executive vice chairman…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
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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Constructive Culture + Performance Improvement = Patient Safety and Favorable Outcomes

After this session, you will be able to: 1. Utilize methods to conduct a safety assessment questionnaire (SAQ), debrief, and two-question survey. 2. Identify opportunities for improvement using outcomes data. 3. Describe a plan using outcomes data to improve surgical results and enhance the safety culture. Why this is important:…

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Joint Commission: More accredited hospitals submitting eCQM data

Editor's Note Despite the expansion of requirements for electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) reporting to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, an increased number of Joint Commission accredited hospitals are adopting and reporting eCQMs to drive quality improvement, the Joint Commission reports.  In 2016, 470 accredited hospitals submitted eCQM…

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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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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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Surveillance is safe for noncancerous, high-risk breast lesions

Editor's Note High-risk, noncancerous flat epithelial atypia (FEA) breast lesions can be treated with close observation rather than surgical removal in most cases, this study finds. The analysis of 208 patients diagnosed with FEA over a 9-year period found that after mammography, biopsy, and surgical excision, five lesions (2.4%) were…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 1, 2017
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Value of voluntary bundled-payment program unclear

Editor's Note For the third year in a row, researchers with the Lewin Group couldn’t determine whether Medicare’s voluntary Bundled Payment for Care Improvement initiative cuts costs and improves care, the October 31 Modern Healthcare reports. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) funded analysis found that although providers…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 1, 2017
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Case Studies in Perioperative Performance Improvement

As reform pressures continue to mount, the healthcare industry is rapidly shifting from “pay for volume” to “pay for value” business models. In fact, CMS projects that by 2018, bundled payments will be applied to 50 percent of all diagnosis-related groups, while 90 percent of all remaining fee-for-service care will…

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