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February 2018
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Visual cues help PACU staff avoid medication errors

Concern about opioid abuse has reached epic proportions in recent months, and healthcare providers have come under increasing pressure to help mitigate the problem. Curbing the tendency to overprescribe pain medications is considered the first, most obvious step, but there are other actions that can also improve patient safety. Nurse…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
January 19, 2018
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Intraop handover of anesthesia care linked to adverse outcomes

Editor's Note Complete handover of intraoperative anesthesia care was significantly linked to adverse postoperative outcomes in this Canadian study. In this analysis of 313,066 adult patients having major surgery, complete intraoperative handover of anesthesia care, compared with no handover, was significantly associated with a higher risk of a composite of…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 10, 2018
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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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Interventions increase reporting of adverse events by pediatric anesthesiologists

Editor's Note Electronic mandatory incident reporting system data entry and an initiative to understand and address reporting barriers and motivators were associated with sustained increases in adverse event reporting by pediatric anesthesiologists, in this study. Of 72,384 pediatric anesthetics analyzed, there were 2,689 adverse events. A subgroup of 54,469 cases…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 7, 2017
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PSH model reduces deaths, ED visits in elderly hip fracture patients

Editor's Note Elderly hip fracture patients were less likely to die or return to the emergency department (ED) after discharge if they received care under the Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) model of care, finds this study presented October 21 at the Anesthesiology 2017 annual meeting in Boston. PSH patients also…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 30, 2017
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From Collision to Collaboration–Creating Partnerships with Physicians and Anesthesiologists

When it comes to introducing new practices and innovative strategies in the perioperative environment, collaboration between nurses, anesthesiologists, and physicians is critically important. Because collaboration is founded on shared influences and mutual respect, you must work together to create something new in support of a shared vision. This type of…

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Total joint patients using fewer opioids to manage postop pain

Editor's Note Opioid use in total hip and knee patients decreased by one-third between 2006 and 2014, which reflects success in the use of a multimodal approach (ie, opioids plus additional pain management methods, such as peripheral nerve blocks and acetaminophen) to pain management, finds this study presented October 21…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 27, 2017
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Study: Acetaminophen helps reduce postop shivering

Editor's Note Administering acetaminophen (Tylenol) during surgery may help reduce the incidence of postoperative shivering, finds a study presented October 21 at the Anesthesiology 2017 annual meeting in Boston. A total of 37 patients scheduled for gynecologic surgery were randomly assigned to receive IV acetaminophen or a placebo after general…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 26, 2017
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Most hip fractures occur in warm months, indoors

Editor's Note Most elderly hip fractures occur during warm months, and a greater number happen indoors rather than out, finds this study presented October 23 at the Anesthesiology 2017 annual meeting in Boston. In this analysis of 544 hip fracture patients treated at The Hospital of Central Connecticut from 2013…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 25, 2017
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Opioid-free general anesthesia reduces postop nausea

Editor's Note Eliminating opioids from general anesthesia is safe and effective and significantly decreases postoperative nausea, finds this study presented October 23 at the Anesthesiology 2017 annual meeting in Boston. Of 1,009 patients who received general anesthesia without opioids, only 11% experienced postoperative nausea--typically 50% to 80% of patients have…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 24, 2017
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Preop conditions that predict postop outcomes, mortality in elderly

Editor's Note In patients 85 years of age and older, surgical complexity and certain geriatric variables (malnutrition, frailty), which are overlooked in American Society of Anesthesiologists and most other scores, were relevant in predicting postoperative outcomes and mortality, finds this study. Of 127 patients who completed follow-up, 30-day mortality was…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 27, 2017
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