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FDA updates recommendations to reduce surgical fires

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on June 5 updated its Safety Communication: “Recommendations to Reduce Surgical Fires and Related Patient Injury.” Among the recommendations: Perform a fire risk assessment before each surgical procedure. Encourage communication among anesthesia personnel, surgeons, and OR staff. Practice safe use and administration…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 8, 2018
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AHRQ: Decline in HACs saves 8,000 lives, $2.9 billion

Editor's Note National efforts by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to reduce hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) helped prevent some 8,000 deaths and save $2.9 billion in costs between 2014 and 2016, according to a new report released June 5 by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Data…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 7, 2018
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June 8 is Hospitals Against Violence National Day of Awareness

Editor's Note On June 8, the American Hospital Association (AHA) is hosting its second annual Hospitals Against Violence National Day of Awareness, termed “#HAVhope Friday.” The day has been set aside to focus attention on how hospitals, health systems, and their caregivers work daily to end all forms of violence…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 7, 2018
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FDA issues Class I Recall of CARDIOSAVE Hybrid Intra-aortic Balloon Pump by Maquet Datascope

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration on June 6 identified the recall by Maquet Datascope Corp of its CARDIOSAVE Hybrid Intra-aortic Balloon Pump as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of a design issue that allows fluid to seep into the device, which can lead…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 7, 2018
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ECRI Institute announces new consultative service to prevent surgical fires

Editor's Note ECRI Institute on June 5 announced a new consultative service focused on helping healthcare organizations prevent surgical fires by uncovering hidden vulnerabilities. There have been guidelines published by ECRI Institute and others to prevent and extinguish fires for many years, but implementation of the guidelines is the challenge,…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 6, 2018
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FDA: New labeling for liquid-filled intragastric balloons

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration on June 4 announced that it had approved new labeling on potential risks for liquid-filled intragastric balloons by Apollo Endosurgery and ReShape Lifesciences. The new labeling for the Orbera and ReShape balloon systems includes more information about possible deaths linked to the use…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 6, 2018
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Radial-artery vs saphenous-vein grafts in CABG surgery

Editor's Note In this study, the use of radial-artery grafts for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) resulted in a lower rate of cardiac adverse events and a higher rate of patency at 5 years than saphenous-vein grafts. A total of 1,036 patients (534 radial artery, 502 saphenous vein) from six…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 5, 2018
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FDA: Recall of STAT-Check and Medline manual resuscitator bags

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration on June 1 announced the recall by SunMed Holdings of 18,808 units of its STAT-Check and Medline manual resuscitator bags. The recall was initiated because the patient port retaining ring of the bags may not fully seat, which could allow the patient port…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 5, 2018
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Study finds high rates of infection after colonoscopy, OGD performed in ASCs

Editor's Note Rates of infection after colonoscopies and osophagogastroduodenoscopies (OGDs) performed in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are higher than previously thought and vary widely by facility, this study from Johns Hopkins finds. Rates of postendoscopic infection per 1,000 procedures within 7 days were: 1.1 for screening colonoscopy 1.6 for nonscreening…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 4, 2018
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Joint Commission issues new Quick Safety to prepare healthcare organizations for disasters

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on May 31 issued a new Quick Safety advisory to help prepare healthcare organizations for disasters such as, power failure, fire, flood, industrial accident, or cyberattack. The advisory, "Quick Safety 41: Emergency management: Need for continuity of operations planning," provides risk factors, safety recommendations, and…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 4, 2018
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