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Economic benefits of low-temperature vs steam sterilization of endoscopes

Editor's Note This Australian study finds it is a good economic decision for large healthcare facilities to invest in low-temperature systems for sterilization of steam-sterilizable endoscopes. Increased costs associated with low-temperature systems were outweighed by savings from fewer instrument repairs. Based on their calculations, the researchers estimated a savings of…

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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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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of a new centralized Digital Health Unit in its Center for Devices and Radiological Health, which together with draft guidance on software as a medical device, is designed to support technological innovation and advance digital health, the June…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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FDA: Fagron Sterile Services recalls three lots of succinylcholine

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on June 23 posted the recall by Fagron Sterile Services (Wichita, Kansas) of three lots of succinylcholine chloride 20 mg/mL 5 mL syringes because of microbial growth detected during a simulation of the manufacturing process. This is a secondary recall of products…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 26, 2017
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FDA: Vascular Solutions recalls Venture Catheters

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on June 21 announced the recall by Vascular Solutions (Maple Grove, Minnesota) of its Venture Catheters. The recall was initiated because there is a risk of the catheter tip splitting or separating during use and entering the patient’s bloodstream. This can result…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 22, 2017
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FDA: Alvogen recalls seven lots of clindamycin

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on June 16 announced the recall by Alvogen/Hospira Inc, a Pfizer company, of seven lots of Clindamycin Injection USP ADD-Vantage Vials. The recall was initiated because microbial growth was detected during a routine simulation of the manufacturing process, which represents the potential…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 21, 2017
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FDA: Maquet/Datascope recalls certain Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on June 19 announced the recall by Maquet/Datascope (Fairfield, New Jersey) of its System CS100, CS100i, and CS300 Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps. The recall also applies to System 98 or System 98XT IABP that was converted to a CS100i or CS 300 IABP.…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 20, 2017
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New instrument shows promise as low-cost alternative to robot

Researchers at the University of Michigan (U-M), Ann Arbor, have invented a new surgical instrument with the goal of addressing a vast, unmet need in minimally invasive surgery. For less than a thousand dollars, this platform technology—currently being commercialized by the start-up FlexDex Surgical—offers capabilities similar to those of the…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
June 20, 2017
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Cost data persuade surgeons to be more frugal

Surgeons usually don’t have a high awareness of costs, partly because they haven’t had an easy way to know them. An unfortunate byproduct of this lack of knowledge can be higher OR costs. “Imagine what it’s like if, when you go to the grocery store, there are no price tags,…

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By: OR Manager
June 20, 2017
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FDA: Hospira recalls Sodium Bicarbonate, Quelicin, and Potassium Phosphates injections

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on June 16 announced the recall by Hospira, Inc, a Pfizer company, of the following: 42 lots of 8.4% Sodium Bicarbonate Injection, USP, 50 mL vials 5 lots of Neut (Sodium Bicarbonate 4% additive solution) 5 mL vials 5 lots of Quelicin…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 19, 2017
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