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August 2018
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CDC: Naloxone use by emergency medical services up 75% in 4 years

Editor's Note Naloxone administration by emergency medical services increased 75.1% between 2012 and 2016, mirroring a 79.7% increase in fatal opioid overdoes during the same time period, according to the August 10 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Young adults made…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 13, 2018
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FDA: Class I recall of Arkon Anesthesia Delivery System

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration on August 10 identified the recall of Spacelabs Healthcare’s (Snoqualmie, Washington) Arkon Anesthesia Delivery System as Class I, the most serious. The recall was issued because of the system going into a “failed state,” during which the mechanical ventilation function stops working. This…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 13, 2018
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Effect of sedation levels on postop delirium in elderly hip fracture patients

Editor's Note Limiting the level of sedation in elderly hip fracture patients with low comorbid states (Charlson comorbidity index [CCI] of 0) reduced postoperative delirium in this study. Of 200 elderly patients analyzed (100 in lighter sedation and 100 in heavier sedation levels), there was no statistically significant difference in…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 9, 2018
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Cesarean section ERAS pathway reduces recovery time, improves outcomes

Editor's Note A new enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) pathway has been developed and implemented at the University of Alabama at Birmingham to enhance recovery after cesarean delivery. Updated guidelines for the ERAS pathway include: Intake of water and clear sports drinks before surgery to keep mother hydrated. Walking after…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 3, 2018
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FDA issues warning on azithromycin

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on August 3 issued a warning for azithromycin, saying the antibiotic should not be given long-term to prevent an inflammatory lung condition in patients with cancers of the blood or lymph nodes who undergo a donor stem cell transplant. A clinical trial…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 3, 2018
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Study assesses cleaning of different surface types in the OR

Editor's Note This study finds that irregularly shaped OR surfaces may require enhanced covering, cleaning, and monitoring protocols, compared to more regularly shaped surfaces. Researchers coupled ATP assays with traditional RODAC plate sampling and mass spectrometry to evaluate cleaning of five types of high-touch surfaces in the OR.  Whether surfaces…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 2, 2018
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Joint Commission automates patient safety event phone line

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced August 1 that beginning September 1, callers to its patient safety event phone line (1-800-994-6610) will receive automated instructions on how to file a report or concern. The line will no longer be answered by a staff member. The Joint Commission says the phone…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 2, 2018
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Door openings in the OR linked to increased environmental contamination

Editor's Note The number of door openings in the OR and duration of procedure were significantly associated with increased colony-forming units (CFUs) in the OR overall and outside of laminar airflow (LAF), this study finds. In LAF conditions, however, only the number of OR personnel was significantly associated with increased…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 1, 2018
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Survey: 49% of adults worry about healthcare data security

Editor's Note In a survey of more than 2,000 US adults, The Harris Poll on behalf of healthcare marketing firm Scout found that nearly half are extremely or very concerned about the security of their healthcare data, the July 30 Health IT Security reports. The survey also found that 47%…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 1, 2018
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Joint Commission announces new performance measure for newborns

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on July 31 announced a new performance measure, “PC-06 Unexpected Complications in Term Newborns,” effective January 1, 2019. The new measure will be added to the five measures already required for accredited hospitals with at least 300 live births per year. PC-06 requires hospitals to…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 1, 2018
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