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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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Standardized ambulatory surgery protocol reduces postop pain, ED visits

Editor's Note Standardizing clinical processes for outpatient hernia repairs reduced postoperative pain and unplanned returns to the emergency department (ED), finds this study presented October 23 at the American College of Surgeons 2017 Clinical Congress in San Diego. Researchers developed a standardized eight-step protocol that incorporated best practices and enhanced…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 25, 2017
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Bariatric surgery patients at risk for new prolonged opioid use

Editor's Note Bariatric surgery patients have a much higher rate of newly persistent postoperative opioid use than general surgery patients, finds this study presented October 23 at the American College of Surgeons 2017 Clinical Congress in San Diego. Of 14,063 bariatric surgery patients in the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative who…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 24, 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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Patients overestimate postop pain they will experience

Editor's Note Patients significantly overestimate the amount of pain they will experience after surgery, which can cause unnecessary anxiety, finds a study presented October 21 at the Anesthesiology 2017 annual meeting in Boston. A total of 223 patients completed a questionnaire before and after surgery to evaluate the level of…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 23, 2017
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Preop antibiotics significantly lower SSI risk in left colorectal surgery

Editor's Note Adding oral antibiotics to mechanical bowel preparation for left colorectal cancer surgery significantly lowered the rate of surgical site infections (SSIs), but the effect was marginal in right-colon resections, this study finds. For 89 patients having left colorectal resections, the rate of SSIs was 27% with mechanical bowel…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 23, 2017
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FDA updates Safety Alert for St Jude defibrillators

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on October 19 issued an updated Safety Alert for implantable cardioverter defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators by St Jude Medical. Because batteries for the devices may fail earlier than expected, St Jude has made available a new battery performance management tool,…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 23, 2017
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Track ASC metrics to produce a healthy bottom line

Each day seems to bring new tasks for leaders of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), adding to their already overflowing plate. One task that can easily fall off that plate is collecting and analyzing metrics, yet failing to do so can have serious financial consequences. OR Manager recently asked ASC leaders…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
October 19, 2017
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Walk the talk: Words matter when it comes to patient safety

Every week Ann Shimek, MSN, BSN, RN, CASC, hits the road to communicate about communicating. Shimek is senior vice president of clinical operations at United Surgical Partners International (USPI) in Addison, Texas. She and her team of six clinical nurses travel among USPI’s 21 hospitals and 260 ambulatory surgery centers…

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By: Leslie Flowers
October 19, 2017
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