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Survey finds lack of support for texting of medical orders

Editor's Note A survey released November 16 by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices found that many healthcare providers do not support the texting of medical orders. Of 778 respondents, which included nurses, pharmacists, physicians and other prescribers, medication/patient safety officers, and quality risk managers, 33% did not believe medical…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 27, 2017
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FDA: Baxter recalls one lot of injectable amiodarone

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 15 announced the recall by Baxter International (Deerfield, Illinois) of one lot of Nexterone (amiodarone HCL) 150 mg/100 mL premixed injection because of the presence of particulate matter. The particulate matter was identified as polyethylene, the primary constituent of the…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 16, 2017
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Surgical robot market poised for growth

Editor's Note A Meddevicetracker analysis expects the global market for robotically assisted surgical devices to see an 11.7% compound annual growth rate, reaching $5.3 billon by 2021, the November 10 Medtech Insight reports The market is being led by Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci systems, although the analysis predicts more competition…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 15, 2017
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Greater vigilance needed to combat ureteroscope contamination

A new study by Ofstead & Associates (St Paul, Minnesota) is the latest to raise concerns about infections associated with endoscopic procedures. The study, which focused on ureteroscopes, found that the techniques used to clean and sterilize or high-level disinfect flexible ureteroscopes are not sufficient and leave behind contamination including…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
November 15, 2017
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San Antonio to host 2018 OR Business Management Conference

With each passing year, the business of healthcare delivery grows more complex—never more so than in 2017, when a new administration began to grapple with a major overhaul of the Affordable Care Act and changes to provider payment models. Thanks to an unprecedented number of proposals submitted for the 2018…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
November 15, 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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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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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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One in five physicians intend to reduce work hours or leave the profession

Editor's Note The burden and bureaucracy of today’s practice of medicine are major factors influencing physicians’ intentions to reduce work hours or leave the profession, finds this study from the American Medical Association, Mayo Clinic, and Stanford University. Of nearly 36,000 physicians across all specialties surveyed, 6,880 (19.2%) responded. Nearly 1…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 2, 2017
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CMS issues guidance on MIPS information blocking component

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued new guidance designed to offer clarity on the Merit-based Incentive Payment System’s (MIPS) data blocking component, the October 30 Healthcare Informatics reports. The guidance outlines how MIPS-eligible clinicians can show they are fulfilling the information blocking requirement, which…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 1, 2017
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