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CMS grants exceptions to ASCs in areas affected by natural disasters

Editor's Note Because of the impact of several recent natural disasters, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is granting exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs in affected areas, the February 12 ASCA News reports. Exceptions include: ASCs in two California counties affected by wildfires ASCs located…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 16, 2018
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FDA permits marketing of new blood test for concussions

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on February 14 authorized marketing of the first blood test to help evaluate concussions in adults and reduce the need for CT scans. The Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator works by measuring levels of proteins (ie, UCH-L1 and GFAP) that are released from…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 15, 2018
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Neurosurgical products market poised for growth

Editor's Note Wise Guy Reports predicts the global market for neurosurgical products will see a 10.5% compound annual growth rate through 2023 because of the growing availability of neurosurgical devices and increasing popularity of minimally invasive surgeries, the February 9 Becker’s Spine Review reports. Key players in the market, which…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 14, 2018
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FDA permits marketing of software to alert providers of potential strokes in patients

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on February 13 announced that it is permitting the marketing of clinical decision support software that alerts providers to potential strokes in their patients. The Viz.AI Contact application is designed to analyze computed tomography images of the brain and send a text…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 14, 2018
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ACS NSQIP study defines cardiac risk factors of common surgical procedures

Editor's Note This analysis of 3 million elective surgical procedures in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) found a broad range of procedure-specific intrinsic cardiac adverse event risks associated with 200 commonly performed procedures. A total of 66 low, 30 intermediate, and 106 high…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 9, 2018
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Testing reprocessing procedures with PCR based method

Editor's Note A real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) sampling method for monitoring reprocessing of colonoscopes was successfully applied in this multicenter Italian study. PCR allowed identification of contaminated (59) and fully reprocessed (52) colonoscopes in 10 endoscopy units with high sensibility (98 %) and specificity (98%), within 3 to 4…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 8, 2018
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Exams scheduled for new ASC infection preventionist credential

Editor's Note The first exams have been scheduled for the recently launched new credential for infection preventionists in the ambulatory surgery center (ASC) setting−Certified Ambulatory Infection Preventionist (CAIP). The exam will be online at a testing center October 1-31, 2018. Electronic application must be submitted between August 1 and 31.…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 8, 2018
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Short-term weight loss before bariatric surgery linked to better outcomes

Editor's Note Patients who lose some weight before bariatric surgery achieve greater weight loss after surgery, and they have shorter procedures and hospital stays, this study finds. Those (224 patients) who lost 8% of their excess weight by following a 1,200 calorie diet for 4 weeks before their surgeries had…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 7, 2018
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Vanderbilt heart transplant program reaches new record

Editor's Note Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) performed a record number of heart transplants in 2017, making it the second-busiest heart transplant program in the country. VUMC performed a record 97 heart transplantations,  including pediatric cases, which surpassed the 2016 milestone of 92. Vanderbilt is building a program that…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 7, 2018
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FDA clears updated design, labeling for Pentax duodenoscope

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on February 7 announced that it had cleared the updated design and labeling for Pentax Medical's duodenoscope Model ED-3490TK. Pentax replaced the forceps elevator mechanism, O-ring seal, and distal end cap, and updated the Operation Manual to recommend annual maintenance. The design…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 7, 2018
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