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April 2019
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Hospital safety culture linked to surgical patient outcomes

Editor's Note A hospital’s safety culture may influence certain surgical patient outcomes, finds this study. A Safety Attitudes Questionnaire (SAQ), sent to administrators, quality improvement teams, nurses, anesthesiologists, and surgeons in 49 hospitals participating in the Illinois Surgical Quality Improvement Collaborative, found that OR safety culture had the highest scores…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 3, 2019
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FDA issues statement on review framework for AI-based devices

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on April 2 issued a statement announcing steps toward a new, tailored review framework for artificial intelligence (AI)-based medical devices. AI and machine learning have the potential to transform the delivery of healthcare, with earlier disease detection, more accurate diagnoses, more targeted…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 3, 2019
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Low-value procedures associated with hospital-acquired complications

Editor's Note Patients admitted to the hospital for procedures that would not be expected to require admission (ie, low-value procedures) are being harmed, consuming additional hospital resources, and delaying care for patients for whom the services would be appropriate, this Australian study finds. In this analysis of 9,330 episodes of…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 2, 2019
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Joint Commission, NQF name Eisenberg Award winners

Editor's Note The Joint Commission and National Quality Forum (NQF) on March 27 named the recipients of the 2018 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards. The Awards recognize innovative approaches to improve patient safety and quality of care. The winners are: Brent C. James, MD, MStat, clinical professor,…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 2, 2019
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Factors linked to, lessons learned from reduced mortality during military conflicts

Editor's Note The increased use of tourniquets, blood transfusions, and reduced time to surgical treatment (ie, within 1 hour) were the main factors that reduced mortality 44.2% during military conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, this study finds. From October 2001 through December 2017, survival increase three-fold among the most critically…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 1, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

Lights, Camera, Action! An RCA Recast Safety Simulation

After this session you'll be able to: Describe two patient safety tools used to investigate a safety event. Discuss the importance of obtaining different perspectives of a safety event. Analyze a safety event utilizing patient safety tools. Why this is important: Root cause analysis (RCA) is a systematic approach to…

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Joint Commission posts ‘Top 5’ most challenging requirements for 2018

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on March 27 posted the “Top 5” requirements identified most frequently as “not compliant” during surveys and reviews in 2018. The Top 5 for hospital accreditation are: LS.02.01.35: The hospital provides and maintains systems for extinguishing fires (88.85%). EC.02.05.01: The hospital manages risks associated with…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 1, 2019
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Association between nurse work environments and outcomes

Editor's Note Better work environments are associated with lower odds of negative outcomes ranging from job dissatisfaction to patient mortality, finds this meta-analysis from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. This analysis of data from 2,677 hospitals, 141 nursing units, 165,024 nurses, and 1,368,420 patients in 22 countries found…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 27, 2019
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FDA addresses potential medical device, product shortages amid shutdown of sterilization facility

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration on March 26 said it will take steps to address potential medical product and device shortages because of the recent closure of a large contract sterilization facility, Sterigenics (Willowbrook, Illinois). Earlier this year, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency issued an order to stop…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 27, 2019
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Minimally invasive uterine fibroid embolization safe, effective

Editor's Note Minimally invasive embolization can be used to effectively treat uterine fibroids with fewer postoperative complications and a lower need for additional treatments than myomectomy, finds this study presented March 25 at the Society of Interventional Radiology’s 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting in Austin, Texas. Of 950 patients analyzed, half…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 26, 2019
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CDC: Healthcare-associated infections declining

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on March 19 released its current progress report on healthcare-associated infections, which includes state and national level statistics for 2017. Among the findings for acute care hospitals: Clostridium difficile infections declined by 13%. Central line-associated bloodstream infections fell by 9%. Methicillin-resistant…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 26, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

ASC Safety Begins With Preadmission and Patient Selection

After this session you'll be able to: Define the role of the preadmission department ? what it is and what it is not. Develop criteria for patient selection based on available resources to mitigate your organizational risk. Describe how a solid preadmission and patient selection process can provide an essential…

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