The Food & Drug Administration on March 23 issued a Safety Alert to inform healthcare providers and patients of the potential risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 virus by the use of fecal microbiota for transplantation (FMT), and that the agency has determined that additional safety protections are needed.
Because recent studies have documented the presence of SARS-CoV-2 ribonucleic acid (RNA) and /or SARS-CoV-2 virus in the stool of infected patients, the FDA is advising that the clinical use of FMT has the potential to transmit SARS-CoV-2, whether used as part of an Investigational New Drug study on file with the FDA or under the FDA’s enforcement discretion policy.
To address this risk, the FDA says stool used for FMT should have been donated before December 1, 2019, and that protections are needed for use of FMT donated after December 1, including:
The FDA is in the process of notifying IND holders of the risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 via FMT and that additional safety protections are needed.Read More >>
Surgical Site Infections: Strategies for Prevention
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET | 1 CE
Despite advances to optimize infection prevention, the burden of surgical site infections (SSIs) still remains a significant cause of morbidity and mortality. They are the costliest hospital-associated infection in hospitalized patients, totaling 1.5 million each year, and targeting prevention is a national priority.
Join us for this free webinar, where the presenters will provide an overview of the pathogenesis, classification, and management of SSIs. They will also discuss the economic impact on patients and institutions, the impact on quality of care and hospital reimbursement, and the components of a successful SSI reduction program. Don’t miss this valuable webinar!
First Step to Prevention of Perioperative Pressure Injuries: Risk Assessment
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET | 1 CE
Despite all the attention given to perioperative pressure injuries, a lack of understanding of contributing risk factors and appropriate prevention measures persists. In fact, according to the National Health Care Quality Report, 60,000 patients die annually related to complications from pressure injuries.
Join us for this free webinar, where Cassendra A. Munro will discuss the correct application of the Munro Scale© risk assessment instrument. It’s a measure to standardize the first action in developing a surgical patient’s pressure injury prevention plan during the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative phases of care. Register today! Don’t miss out on valuable information about this simple method designed to help perioperative nurses with identification of patient-specific and perioperative risk factors related to pressure injury.
Create an Adaptable Culture: Best Practices for Implementing Change in a Clinical Setting
Thursday, September 26, 2019 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET | 1 CE
Culture is commonly a significant barrier to change in hospital and surgical center ORs. Today’s OR leaders know that overcoming this barrier demands appropriate and thoughtful staff engagement in order to create buy-in and support for changes.
Join us for this free webinar to learn effective tips and tricks for creating a culture that is supportive of change. Find out how to leverage best-practice ideas to create a governance structure that aligns leaders, to build performance dashboards that effectively engage and incentivize staff, to execute routine operational tactics that keep everyone on the same page, and more!
Creating Efficiencies in Your OR: A Surgeon’s Perspective
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET | 1 CE
In ORs across the country, perioperative personnel are tasked with doing more with less resources. Join us for this free webinar, where you’ll find out how to identify and adopt protocols, processes, and parameters that improve overall efficiencies in your OR every day. Simple yet strategic modifications can yield significant improvement and translate into real time savings for every case.
Doing More with Less: Get the Most Out of Your OR Capacity
Thursday, August 8, 2019 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET | 1 CE
Join us for this free webinar where you will learn about decision-making strategies to take the right action when right-sizing blocks, the benefits of leveraging mobile and cloud technologies to replace manual request and release processes, and how objective and timely “single source of truth” metrics help surgeons and administrative leaders improve OR performance.