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Cost-effectiveness analysis of implants used in total hip replacements

Editor's Note New research from the Hip Implant Prosthesis Study (HIPS) team at the University of Bristol Medical School that analyzed hip replacements in more than 1 million patients in the United Kingdom and Sweden found that: Small-head (less than 36 mm in diameter) cemented metal-on-polyethylene implants were the most…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 6, 2018
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FDA: Class I recall of Synaptive Medical’s BrightMatter Guide with SurfaceTrace Registration

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 30 identified the recall by Synaptive Medical of its BrightMatter Guide with SurfaceTrace Registration, which is used to perform neurosurgical procedures, as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of a software defect that could potentially result…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 4, 2018
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First accredited VR continuing medical education course filmed at Cedars-Sinai

Editor's Note The first 360-degree virtual reality (VR) accredited continuing medical education course in gastro-intestinal (GI) surgery was filmed at Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles, and is now available for streaming, Cedars-Sinai announced on December 3. The course is a collaboration between Cedars-Sinai and the streaming medical platform GIBLIB. The content closely…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 4, 2018
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HHS issues draft strategy to reduce burdens linked to EHRs, health IT

Editor's Note The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on November 28 issued a draft strategy to reduce administrative and regulatory burdens caused by electronic health records (EHRs) and health information technology (health IT). The draft “Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 29, 2018
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Study: 'Meaningful use' of EHRs linked to shorter LOS

Editor's Note Hospitals that successfully attested to "meaningful use" of electronic health records (EHRs) experienced a shorter patient length of stay (LOS) in this study. This analysis of patient data from California categorized hospitals into one of three categories−partial adoption of EHRs, full adoption of EHRs, and meaningful assimilation of…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 28, 2018
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FDA: Class I recall of Zimmer Biomet spinal fusion, long bone stimulators

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on November 26 identified the recall by Zimmer Biomet (Warsaw, Indiana) of its Osteogen Implantable Bone Growth Stimulator, SpF PLUS-Mini Implantable Fusion Stimulator, and SpF-XL Implantable Spinal Fusion Stimulator as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of the…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 28, 2018
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FDA plans big changes to 510(k) pathway

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 26 announced that it plans to modernize its 510(k) approval pathway by pushing device manufacturers to rely on predicate devices that are not older than 10 years. Under the existing pathway, manufacturers can pursue expedited approval for devices that are…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 27, 2018
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FDA: Fresenius Kabi recalls sodium chloride injection

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 20 announced the nationwide recall by Fresenius Kabi USA (Lake Zurich, Illinois) of 163 lots of sodium chloride injection, USP, 0.9%, 10 mL and 20 mL vials. The recall was initiated because the product insert incorrectly states that the vial…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 26, 2018
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Comprehensive ROI pitch helps to procure OR equipment

Multiple requests for new equipment and technology—usually from surgeons but also sometimes from staff—are not uncommon. As part of their due diligence, OR leaders must determine whether the return on investment (ROI) justifies the purchase. Doing ROI calculations systematically—and involving key stakeholders—can help ensure that the organization makes the best…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
November 14, 2018
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2019 OR Business Management Conference sets up shop in San Diego

Interest in the OR Business Management Conference has grown steadily in tandem with the number of proposals submitted each year. More than 400 individuals attended the conference in 2018, and they left with tools and strategies to implement in a variety of clinical settings upon their return. Feedback from attendees…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
November 14, 2018
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