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FDA: Class I recall of Vyaire Medical AirLife Resuscitation Device & Broselow Convenience Kit

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 11 announced the Class I recall, the most serious, of Vyaire Medical Inc's (Lake Forest, Illinois) AirLife Resuscitation Device & Broselow Convenience Kit. The recall was initiated because of an error in product design that may result in difficulty or…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 14, 2018
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FDA: AuroMedics Pharma recalls two lots of Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 8 announced the recall by AuroMedics Pharma (Windsor, New Jersey) of two lots of Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection, USP 3.375 g in a single-dose vial. The vials were found to contain particulate matter after reconstitution that was confirmed to…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 14, 2018
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FDA: Class I recall of Fabius Anesthesia Machines by Dräger Medical

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 9 announced a Class I recall, the most serious, of Fabius Anesthesia Machines by Dräger Medical. The recall was initiated because of excessive oil that was not removed at the time of production. Excess oil may interfere with the position…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 11, 2018
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FDA sends letter to healthcare providers on neurovascular stents

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 8 sent a letter to healthcare providers that included recommendations on the use of neurovascular stents for stent-assisted coiling in the treatment of unruptured brain aneurysms. The FDA has received reports associated with these devices that suggest events of peri-procedural…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 9, 2018
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FDA: AuroMedics recalls two lots of Ampicillin and Sulbactam for Injection

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 8 announced the recall by AuroMedics Pharma (Windsor, New Jersey) of two lots of Ampicillin and Sulbactam for Injection USP, 3 g single-dose vials. The recall was issued because of customer complaints of the presence of red particulate matter in…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 9, 2018
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New communication bundle reduces unplanned ICU admissions

Editor's Note Unplanned admissions of medical-surgical patients to intensive care units (ICUs) dropped after a New Hampshire Medical Center implemented a new early warning score communication bundle, this study finds. The hospital embedded a seven-item modified early-warning score system into the electronic medical record (EMR) for patients in its four…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 3, 2018
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First penis transplantation completed in the US

Editor's Note Surgeons at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, completed the first successful penis transplantation in the US in a patient who had a subtotal penectomy for penile cancer. Operative reinterventions were needed on postoperative days 2 and 3 for hematoma evacuation and skin eschar debridement. At 3 weeks, no…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 26, 2018
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EHR capabilities influence patient satisfaction

Editor's Note A Black Book market survey found that 92% of patients younger than 40 expressed dissatisfaction if their providers did not offer them complete medical records, and 85% wanted more telehealth options, the April 23 Healthcare Informatics reports. A total of 88% of respondents blamed the hospital systems directly…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 25, 2018
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CMS accepting meaningful use hardship applications

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that eligible hospitals may submit hardship exception applications until July 1 to avoid 2019 meaningful use payment adjustments under the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs, and critical access hospitals may submit applications until November 30 to avoid…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 24, 2018
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ECRI Institute announces healthcare supply chain award winners

Editor's Note The ECRI Institute on April 23 announced the winners of its seventh annual Healthcare Supply Chain Achievement Award, which recognizes hospitals and healthcare systems for their comprehensive and effective use of ECRI Institute’s PriceGuide™ and SELECTplus® supply and capital procurement advisory programs. Eleven winners were selected from nearly…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 23, 2018
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