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Study: How patient registries could help control spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Editor's Note This study by Johns Hopkins researchers finds that the spread of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) bacteria that have high levels of resistance to most antibiotics could be reduced if only 25% of large healthcare facilities in a region used a patient registry. The researchers developed a computer simulation model…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 9, 2019
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Patient, surgeon outcomes reporting app helps predict success of ventral hernia repair

Editor's Note Researchers have developed an online app that patients and surgeons can use to guide preoperative planning and provide predictive data for how a patient’s ventral hernia repair will turn out. The basis of the app is a tool named the “Outcomes Reporting App for CLinical and Patient Engagement”…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 8, 2019
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Intervention to reduce low-value preop tests before cataract surgery

Editor's Note Reducing low-value testing before cataract surgery was associated with cost savings for financially capitated healthcare systems, but it was also associated with losses for fee-for-service healthcare systems, which could be a barrier to eliminating low-value care, this study finds. Of 1,054 patients (469 intervention, 585 controls) included in…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 7, 2019
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AONE announces name change

Editor's Note The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) on May 5 announced that it is changing its name to the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL). The name change, which was announced at AONE’s annual meeting, also comes with a new tagline−Education Advocacy Community. The organization says the new…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 7, 2019
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Association between nurse work environment and outcomes

Editor's Note The nurse work environment is associated with the quality of nursing care, nurse job outcomes, patient outcomes, and patient satisfaction, this study finds. This meta-analysis of 17 articles that reported data from 2,677 hospitals, 141 nursing units, 165,024 nurses, and 1,368,420 patients, in 22 countries found consistent, significant…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 2, 2019
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AMA (Ask Me Anything): Words of Wisdom From PACU Leaders

After this session you’ll be able to: Discuss fundamental concepts of PACU leadership., Identify tactics for adapting your leadership style to cope with challenging situations., Describe best practices for optimizing patient throughput and managing communication between departments. ,   Why this is important: From staff allocation to pain management, your…

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National Nurses Week is May 6-12

Editor's Note National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. National Nurses Week is celebrated annually to raise awareness of the important role nurses play in society. This year’s theme is “Four Million Reasons to Celebrate.” The American Nurses Association has…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 2, 2019
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BD receives FDA approval for sterile CHG skin prep solution

Editor's Note Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) announced on April 30 that it had received Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approval for BD ChloraPrep skin preparation with sterile solution. This new product is the only fully sterile chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) antiseptic skin preparation commercially available in the US. The FDA’s…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 2, 2019
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Diabetics have higher risks for readmissions, mortality

Editor's Note Patients with diabetes who had low blood glucose values during the last day of hospitalization had higher rates of 30-day readmission and post discharge mortality, this study finds. Examining 843,978 admissions to the VA health care system over a 14-year period, researchers found that  patients with diabetes who…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 1, 2019
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Improving hand hygiene compliance among anesthesia providers

Editor's Note Education and monitoring of hand hygiene among anesthesia providers in the OR improved hand hygiene compliance in this study from the Duke University School of Nursing, Durham, North Carolina. Anesthesia providers were educated on the World Health Organization’s five indications for hand hygiene, and their access to hand…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 29, 2019
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Increased duration of surgical antimicrobial prophylaxis linked to adverse events

Editor's Note In this multi-center study, longer durations of surgical prophylaxis did not result in further reductions in surgical site infections (SSIs) but were associated with increasing adverse events. Of 79,058 surgical patients in the VA healthcare system, SSI was not associated with duration of prophylaxis, but odds of acute…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 25, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

The ABCs of Accountable Care Organizations

After this session you'll be able to: Describe the history and current state of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). Understand the impact of specific nursing interventions in the OR that can positively impact the goals of the ACO. Explain the concepts of pay for performance, value-based purchasing, and the Triple Aim.…

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