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June 2018
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FDA: AuroMedics recalls two lots of Ampicillin and Sulbactam for Injection

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 8 announced the recall by AuroMedics Pharma (Windsor, New Jersey) of two lots of Ampicillin and Sulbactam for Injection USP, 3 g single-dose vials. The recall was issued because of customer complaints of the presence of red particulate matter in…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 9, 2018
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ACS, other organizations offer recommendations on OR attire

Editor's Note The American College of Surgeons (ACS), Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, AORN, Joint Commission, and three other organizations have developed consensus recommendations on OR attire. The recommendations focus on ear and hair covering and include: Evidence-based recommendations on surgical attire are best created collaboratively, with…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 8, 2018
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Effect of bouffant vs skull caps on SSIs

Editor's Note Surgeon preference for bouffant versus skull caps does not have a significant effect on surgical site infection (SSI) rates, after accounting for procedure type, this study finds. Of 1,543 procedures analyzed, surgeons wore bouffant caps in 39% and skull caps in 61% of cases. Overall, SSIs occurred in…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 7, 2018
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First US study on nurses’ evidence-based practice competencies finds major deficits

Editor's Note The results of this study indicate that US nurses do not believe they are meeting evidence-based practice competencies. In this survey of 2,344 nurses from 19 hospitals or healthcare systems, the nurses overall reported they were not yet competent in meeting any of the 24 evidence-based practice competencies.…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 4, 2018
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Joint Commission: Minimum thrombectomy requirements added for CSC eligibility

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced on May 2 that beginning January 1, 2019, it will start applying minimum mechanical thrombectomy volume requirements to the Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC) certification program. Organizations applying for certification will have to meet the new volume requirements in addition to previous volume requirements, such…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 4, 2018
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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 “Nurses Inspire, Innovate, Influence.” The American Nurses Association has a…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 3, 2018
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New communication bundle reduces unplanned ICU admissions

Editor's Note Unplanned admissions of medical-surgical patients to intensive care units (ICUs) dropped after a New Hampshire Medical Center implemented a new early warning score communication bundle, this study finds. The hospital embedded a seven-item modified early-warning score system into the electronic medical record (EMR) for patients in its four…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 3, 2018
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Allowing overlapping surgery for urgent neuro cases decreases length of stay

Editor's Note A change of policy to allow the practice of overlapping surgery for urgent neurosurgical procedures in a tertiary care, safety-net hospital significantly reduced length of stay, in this study presented May 1 at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons in New Orleans. Of 452 cases analyzed (201 in…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 2, 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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