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June 2019
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How will artificial intelligence impact surgical patient care? Part 2

As part of a special series on artificial intelligence (AI), OR Manager is taking a deep dive into the many facets of this new technology and its impact on patient care. Part 1 of this introduction to the series (OR Manager, May 2019, 1, 7-11) defined several different types of…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, 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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What should you do if your sterilizer fails?

A sterilization failure is a significant event. Receiving a positive biological indicator (BI) result from a sterilizer can be devastating and presents a patient safety concern because it could result in infection. This article addresses the proper action to take in the event of a positive BI result and biological…

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By: Susan Klacik, BS, CRCST, CHL, CIS, ACE, FCS
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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FDA: Class I recall of Ethicon circular staplers

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 16 identified the recall by Ethicon of its Endo-Surgery and Endo-Surgery Endoscopic Curved Intraluminal Staplers with adjustable height staples as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because Ethicon confirmed that uncut washers in the staplers and malformed…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 16, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

Episode of Care: Managing the Unique Supply Chain Needs of the ASC

After this session you'll be able to: 1. Compare and contrast the traditional ambulatory surgery center with a multi-licensed facility. 2. Describe the unique supply chain needs of a multi-licensed ASC. 3. Identify supply chain models that can be implemented in both a multi-licensed ASC and a traditional ASC. Why…

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FDA issues alert on premature battery depletion in certain Medtronic pacemakers

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on May 7 issued a Safety Alert on the risk for premature battery depletion in nearly 132,000 biventricular and conventional cardiac resynchronization therapy implantable pacemakers by Medtronic. The FDA is aware of three patients in which a battery fully drained because of…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 9, 2019
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Patient, surgeon outcomes reporting app helps predict success of ventral hernia repair

Editor's Note Researchers have developed an online app that patients and surgeons can use to guide preoperative planning and provide predictive data for how a patient’s ventral hernia repair will turn out. The basis of the app is a tool named the “Outcomes Reporting App for CLinical and Patient Engagement”…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 8, 2019
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FDA: Class I recall of Neuro Omega System

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 6 identified the recall my Alpha Omega Engineering of its Neuro Omega System, including the Drive Headstage unit, as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because a design flaw in the device may connect two separate electrode…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 8, 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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FDA: Class I recall of Miller and Fogarty Atrioseptostomy Dilation Catheters

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on April 26 identified the recall of Edwards Lifesciences' Miller and Fogarty Atrioseptostomy Dilation Catheters as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of reports of difficulty in balloon deflation after deployment, which may lead to balloon fragmentation or…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 30, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

Communication is Key: Using Technology to Eliminate Barriers presented by Owens & Minor

After this session you'll be able to: Identify strategies to maximize the management of vendor-owned inventory. Discuss actions for better communication and efficiency without additional operational or capital expenditures. Understand the tools and technology available to improve perioperative forecasting. Why this is important: A successful relationship between the operating room…

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