Patient Satisfaction

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June 2019
Home Safety/Quality > Quality Improvement > Patient Satisfaction

OR leaders see benefits of briefer NPO period

Though long fasting before a surgical procedure is tied to increased patient risks, the outdated guideline of NPO after midnight continues to be practiced by many healthcare organizations. In 1999, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) revised their fasting guidelines to clear liquids up to 2 hours before surgery and…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
May 17, 2019
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Artificial intelligence makes surgical 'black box' smarter

Perioperative services departments have been slow to adopt the black boxes used in the aviation industry, partly because it can take a large team of experts hours to analyze data collected by the box. However, the team behind a surgical black box is using artificial intelligence (AI) to significantly cut…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
May 17, 2019
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Cardiology services: The next wave in ASCs?

Many experts see cardiovascular (CV) care as the next wave in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), and a hybrid office-based lab (OBL)/ASC model is gaining momentum across the country. Robert J. Zasa, MSHHA, FACMPE, president and CEO of Ambulatory Systems Development, LLC, in Incline Village, Nevada, sees the hybrid arrangement as…

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By: Jennifer Lubell
May 17, 2019
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Leapfrog Group: More than 160,000 preventable deaths occur in hospitals each year

Editor's Note A study published May 15 by the Leapfrog Group finds that more than 160,000 preventable deaths occur in US hospitals annually, a decline of about 56,000 from 3 years ago. The Leapfrog Group uses hospital performance on 16 patient safety measures to assign hospital grades. Of the 2,620…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 16, 2019
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Association between nurse work environment and outcomes

Editor's Note The nurse work environment is associated with the quality of nursing care, nurse job outcomes, patient outcomes, and patient satisfaction, this study finds. This meta-analysis of 17 articles that reported data from 2,677 hospitals, 141 nursing units, 165,024 nurses, and 1,368,420 patients, in 22 countries found consistent, significant…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 2, 2019
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Use of TAVR in low-risk patients

Editor's Note In this study of low-risk patients with severe aortic stenosis, outcomes were significantly better at 1 year follow-up with transcatheter aortic-valve replacement (TAVR) than surgical aortic-valve replacement. In 1,000 patients at 71 centers who were randomized to undergo either TAVR or surgical aortic-valve replacement, the rate of the…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 2, 2019
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Conference keynote puts compassion at the heart of patient care

Compassion fatigue can come into play at any stage of nurses’ careers. Nursing is growing at a faster rate than other occupations, but it carries a high risk for burnout. Loss of job satisfaction, job-related distress, or perhaps exposure to too many traumatic events can threaten the ability of staff…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
April 22, 2019
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FDA to require label changes on how to safely decrease opioids in physically dependent patients

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on April 9 issued a Drug Safety Announcement saying it has received reports of serious harm in patients who are physically dependent on opioid pain medications and suddenly have them discontinued or rapidly decreased. Because of these reports, the FDA is requiring…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 11, 2019
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Association between nurse work environments and outcomes

Editor's Note Better work environments are associated with lower odds of negative outcomes ranging from job dissatisfaction to patient mortality, finds this meta-analysis from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. This analysis of data from 2,677 hospitals, 141 nursing units, 165,024 nurses, and 1,368,420 patients in 22 countries found…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 27, 2019
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Minimally invasive uterine fibroid embolization safe, effective

Editor's Note Minimally invasive embolization can be used to effectively treat uterine fibroids with fewer postoperative complications and a lower need for additional treatments than myomectomy, finds this study presented March 25 at the Society of Interventional Radiology’s 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting in Austin, Texas. Of 950 patients analyzed, half…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 26, 2019
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