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June 2019
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Association of step volume, intensity with mortality in older women

Editor's Note In this study, women who averaged approximately 4,400 steps per day had significantly lower mortality rates than women who took approximately 2,700 steps per day. Of 16,741 women with a mean age of 72 years analyzed, their mean step count was 5,499 per day. A step volume of approximately…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 30, 2019
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Joint Commission announces performance measures for heart attack certifications

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on May 29 announced performance measures for two newly developed advanced Disease-Specific Care Certification programs−Acute Heart Attack Ready and Primary Heart Attack Center. The measures will go into effect July 1, 2019, for critical access hospitals and hospitals (including freestanding emergency departments) pursuing these certifications.…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 30, 2019
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FDA: Heritage Pharmaceuticals recalls Amikacin Sufate Injection, Prochlorperazine Edisylate Injection

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on May 28 announced the recall by Heritage Pharmaceuticals Inc (East Brunswick, New Jersey) of Amikacin Sulfate Injection, USP 1 gm/4 mL (250 mg/mL), Lot: VEAC025, Expiry Date: October 2019; and Prochlorperazine Edisylate Injection, USP 10 mg/2 mL (5 mg/mL), Lot: VPCA172,…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 30, 2019
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Association between postop delirium, cognitive dysfunction

Editor's Note In this study, postoperative delirium significantly increased the risk of postoperative cognitive dysfunction in older adults at 1 month after surgery, but there was no association at 2 and 6 months. Of 560 patients analyzed, 24% developed delirium during hospitalization. At 1 month after surgery, 47% had not…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 29, 2019
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NIH, radiology societies map path for AI research in medical imaging

Editor's Note A new report from the National Institutes of Health, Radiological Society of North America, American College of Radiology, and The Academy, provides a roadmap for translational research on artificial intelligence (AI) in medical imaging. The report summarizes key priorities: creating structured AI use cases that define and highlight…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 29, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

Making Enhanced Recovery the Norm, Not the Exception

After this session you'll be able to: Understand how a value-based LEAN process can positively impact the introduction of an enhanced recovery program. Develop strategies to implement use of enhanced recovery protocols. Explain the ways in which enhanced recovery is measured for effectiveness. Why this is important: Enhanced Recovery After…

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Risks, benefits of using CHG for handwashing

Editor's Note Because of the potential risk of selecting mutants carrying genes for cross-resistance to chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) and antibiotics, it is advisable to reserve the use of CHG for purposes other than hand hygiene, this study finds. A review of studies showed no significant difference in healthcare-associated infection rates…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 28, 2019
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FDA: Class I recall of Integra LifeSciences CSF drainage, ICP monitoring systems

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration on May 24 identified the recall by Integra LifeSciences of its LimiTorr Volume Limiting Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Drainage System and the MoniTorr Intracranial Pressure (ICP) External CSF Drainage and Monitoring System as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 28, 2019
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Effect of open vs closed ICU model on HAI

Editor's Note A closed ICU model was associated with significantly reduced rates of central line associated blood stream infection (CLABSI), catheter associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI), and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) in this study, presented May 22 at ATS 2019, the annual international conference of the American Thoracic Society in Dallas.…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 23, 2019
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Joint Commission issues Quick Safety on disinfection of tonometers, other ophthalmology devices

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on May 21 issued Quick Safety 49: Disinfection of tonometers and other ophthalmology devices. The Joint Commission noted that the American Academy of Ophthalmology has reported that transmission of adenovirus and herpes simplex virus HIV, hepatitis C virus, enterovirus 70, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus,…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 23, 2019
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Targeting MAP during CPB reduces postop delirium

Editor's Note Targeting a patient’s mean arterial pressure (MAP) during cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) by monitoring cerebral blood flow autoregulation may reduce the incidence of delirium after cardiac surgery in older patients, this Johns Hopkins study finds. In this analysis of 199 patients, the incidence of delirium was significantly greater in…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 23, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

Pre-Conference Workshop: Volume Versus Value: ASCs Transition to Value-Based Care

After this session you'll be able to: Discuss the elements of value-based care/value-based purchasing. Review techniques for how to engage physicians, your team, and your patients in the ASC. Explain potential changes to be made in the Quality Assessment Performance Improvement (QAPI) program to address value-based care as it relates…

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