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FDA: Class I recall of Physio-Control LIFEPAK 15 Monitor/Defibrillator

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on February 27 identified the recall by Physio-Control, Inc (Redmond, Washington) of its LIFEPAK 15 Monitor/Defibrillator as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because the device may “lockup” (freeze) after a shock is delivered. Once it freezes, it cannot…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 28, 2019
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Joint Commission accepting applications for leaders in eCQM proven practices

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced on February 27 that in support of organizations adopting electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs), it is accepting applications from accredited hospitals and health systems for the “2019 Pioneers in Quality Proven Practices Collection.” The organizations’ success stories can be used as learning tools to…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 28, 2019
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Unnecessary UTI testing cut by 45%

Editor's Note Making a simple change to the electronic system used by physicians to order urine tests can cut by 45% the number of bacterial cultures ordered without compromising the identification of patients who need treatment for urinary tract infections (UTIs), this study finds. In this analysis of 18,954 patients…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 25, 2019
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FDA: Class I recall of ICU Medical’s ChemoLock Vial Spike

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on February 22 identified the recall by ICU Medical (San Clemente, California) of its ChemoLock Vial Spike (20 mm) as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of the potential for plastic particles to break off the protective cap.…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 25, 2019
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FDA: Class I recall of Smiths Medical Sterile Saline and Water for Inhalation

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on February 4 identified the recall by Smiths Medical (Minneapolis, Minnesota) of certain lots of Sterile Saline and Water for Inhalation as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of potential exposure to infectious agents (bacillus infantis and staphylococcus…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 21, 2019
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Bling vs. Benefits: Key Considerations for New Technology Acquisition

After this session you'll be able to: Describe strategies to streamline purchasing considerations for new technology. Explain key components essential for clinical and business justification for purchasing of new cutting-edge technologies. Discuss common barriers and successful solutions for new technology purchases. Why this is important: Groundbreaking technologies are often multifaceted,…

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Disruptive innovation in supply chain: Impact of Amazon Business and technology, Part 2

Supply chain is ripe for innovation, as Amazon Business and technology manufacturers have discovered. In part 1 of this two-part series, we focused on the company’s role in the supply chain (OR Manager, February 2019, 1, 9-12). In part 2, we look at technology-related trends and innovations that can improve…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
February 20, 2019
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Editorial

Interest in data analytics, artificial intelligence, technology, and innovation has skyrocketed with rapid advances in systems and devices designed to improve patient care. When it comes to data analytics, asking the right questions is key to finding answers that will enhance efficiency and patient safety, according to David Wyatt, PhD,…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
February 20, 2019
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FDA: Class I recall of Medtronic’s Dual Chamber Implantable Pulse Generators

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on February 15 identified Medtronic, Inc’s (Dublin, Ireland) recall of it’s Dual Chamber Implantable Pulse Generators (IPGs) as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of the possibility of a software error that can result in a lack of…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 19, 2019
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FDA: Class I recall of Edwards Lifesciences Swan-Ganz Thermodilution Catheter

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on February 5 identified the recall by Edwards Lifesciences (Irvine, California) of its Swan-Ganz Thermodilution Catheter as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of incorrect assembly and reversal of catheter lumens that can expose the patient to serious…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 14, 2019
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Medtronic recalls nearly 157,000 dual-chamber pacemakers

Editor's Note Medtronic published an urgent recall on January 7 for a subset of its dual-chamber pacemakers because some may temporarily lose their ability to pace the heart. The recall affects 156,957 devices distributed worldwide between March 10, 2017, and January 7, 2019, under the brand names Adapta, Versa, and…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 23, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

Increasing Engagement of Surgical Technologists: Tech it to the Next Level

After this session you'll be able to: Integrate shared governance methodology into practice to improve surgical technologist (ST) engagement. Identify the process to implement a ST committee. Describe novel approaches designed to improve ST participation and commitment. Why this is important: Engaged perioperative teams have better patient outcomes, higher levels…

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