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August 2018
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Washington nurse suspected of infecting two patients with hepatitis C

Editor's Note An emergency department (ED) nurse at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, Washington, who was suspected of stealing injectable drugs and infecting at least two patients with hepatitis C, has now contracted the disease herself, the May 1 News Tribune reports. The linkage between the nurse and the…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 2, 2018
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Health literacy linked to postop recovery in outpatients

Editor's Note Inadequate functional health literacy (FHL) in ambulatory surgery patients was associated with poorer postoperative recovery and a lower quality of life in this study. Of 704 patients undergoing ambulatory surgery who were surveyed, 427 (60.7%) reported sufficient FHL, 223 (31.7%) said problematic FHL, and 54 (7.7%) had inadequate…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 1, 2018
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MRSA more transmissible in OR than methicillin-sensitive S aureus

Editor's Note In this study, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) had a greater risk of transmission in the OR than methicillin-sensitive S aureus. Researchers collected 173 S aureus isolates from 274 randomly selected ORs (first and second cases of the day in each OR) at three hospitals. The isolates underwent systematic-phenotypic…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 30, 2018
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ASA: Anesthesia drug shortages affecting patient care

Editor's Note The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) on April 25 reported that a national drug shortage of injectable opioids and local anesthetics is negatively affecting care received by patients under anesthesia. An informal survey of 2,500 ASA members, found that 98% are now experiencing drug shortages at their institutions,…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 26, 2018
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Study: Procedures performed by older surgeons have lower mortality rates

Editor's Note In this study, non-elective surgical procedures performed by older surgeons (aged 50 and up) had lower mortality rates than those performed by younger surgeons, and mortality rates did not differ significantly by surgeon gender. A total of 892,187 Medicare patients who had one of 20 common types of…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 26, 2018
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Effect of stringent OR attire policies on SSIs

Editor's Note Implementation of stringent OR attire policies that included full coverage of ears and facial hair did not reduce surgical site infection (SSI) risks in this study. Researchers compared American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program data of all patients undergoing surgical procedures 9 months before implementation…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 24, 2018
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Study: Nearly 1 in 3 patients used no opioids after surgery

Editor's Note Nearly a third of patients used none of the opioids prescribed to them after surgery, finds this study presented by Mayo Clinic researchers April 19 at the American Surgical Association annual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. This survey of 1,907 patients who had 25 common surgical procedures at three…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 23, 2018
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ACS advocates for a consensus strategy on preventing firearm violence

Editor's Note In an effort to bridge political differences and provide a constructive path forward, leaders of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma on April 19 released a set of strategies to reduce firearm-related injury, disability, and death by making ownership of firearms as safe as possible.…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 20, 2018
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Study: Residual moisture, waterborne pathogens found inside flexible endoscopes

Editor's Note Inadequate reprocessing and insufficient drying contributed to retained fluid and contamination found inside flexible endoscopes in this study led by noted epidemiologist Cori L. Ofstead. Of 45 endoscopes analyzed at 3 hospitals, fluid was detected in 49%, and the prevalence of moisture varied significantly by site (5%, 83%,…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 19, 2018
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FDA issues letter to healthcare providers on risks of endoscope connectors

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on April 18 alerted healthcare providers and facilities about the risk of cross-contamination with 24-hour, multipatient use connectors used in gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy. Endoscope connectors are small accessories used to connect the auxiliary water channel to a water source and irrigation tubing.…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 19, 2018
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