Safety/Quality

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October 2018
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Assistive surgical devices win in biomedical engineering design competition

Editor's Note This year’s three winners of the Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) challenge included assistive surgical devices: First place−$20,000 went to a team from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, for a minimally invasive brain retractor. Second place−$15,000 was awarded to a team from Clemson University, South Carolina, for a…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 27, 2018
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CDPH penalizes 13 hospitals

Editor's Note The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on August 23 issued 16 penalties to 13 hospitals and fines of more than $1 million. Among the penalties issued, four were OR related: OR fire unintended retention of a foreign object (blue towel) wrong site surgery malfunction of a heart-lung…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 27, 2018
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Effects of hypnosis before general anesthesia on postop outcomes

Editor's Note In this study, no benefit of hypnosis before general anesthesia was found on postoperative pain, but it had other benefits, such as less fatigue and anxiety (especially in patients who thought they received hypnosis, but did not) and higher patient satisfaction scores. A total of 150 women having…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 24, 2018
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Researchers discover how to convert types A and B blood into O

Editor's Note A team of researchers from the University of British Columbia used enzymes from bacteria in the human gut to remove antigens from AB, A, and B blood, which effectively turns the blood into universal donor type O,  according to the August 21 bigthink.com. The team reported their findings…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 24, 2018
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Understanding, supporting emotional impact of harmful events

Editor's Note A multidisciplinary group gathered at an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality conference to develop a research agenda that includes immediately actionable and long-term research strategies to mitigate the emotional toll of harmful medical events on patients and families. The group reached consensus on four research priorities: Establish…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 23, 2018
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Leading Change in the OR: Improving Patient Safety through Collaboration presented by Xodus Medical Inc.

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Joint Commission revises requirements for medication compounding

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced on August 22 that several revisions will be implemented to the Medication Compounding Certification program and Home Care Accreditation program’s Medication Compounding chapter, effective January 1, 2019. The revisions were made to maintain consistency with current United States Pharmacopeia (USP) 795 (Pharmaceutical Compounding−Nonsterile Preparations)…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 23, 2018
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Safety, feasibility, financial implications of postop telemedicine program

Editor's Note A safe and efficient postoperative telemedicine program is feasible using a commonly used electronic health record system (Epic), and it can improve patient satisfaction, optimize throughput, and increase revenue, this pilot study finds. After researchers constructed an eClinic platform in Epic, they enrolled 233 patients having laparoscopic cholecystectomy,…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 22, 2018
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Understanding the patient experience of HAIs

Editor's Note Though the effects of healthcare associated infections (HAIs) vary, patients recount similar experiences in this review study. A total of 17 studies from 5 countries addressing 5 types of HAIs were analyzed: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, surgical site, Clostridium difficile, Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream, and extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing bacterial infections. Four interrelated themes emerged:…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 22, 2018
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Position paper advocates for global surgeons based in academic centers

Editor's Note In this position paper, three global surgery groups advocate for global surgeons based in US academic healthcare centers. Though 30% of all diseases globally require surgical care and expertise, global surgeons based in academic healthcare centers often face institutional barriers that make it difficult to take time to…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 21, 2018
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Aiming high nets 'wins' for OR Manager of the Year

High patient satisfaction scores and excellent multidisciplinary teamwork are the hallmarks of a well-managed surgical services department, and Sharon Udy-Janczuk, MSN, RN, CNOR, NE-BC, the 2018 OR Manager of the Year, has bragging rights to both. By cross-training staff in the presurgical care area, OR, and postanesthesia care unit (PACU),…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
August 21, 2018
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Embracing the Vision: The Journey to Patient Safety

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