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January 2019
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Validate and verify medical devices to ensure safety

Sometimes surgeons ask to have nonmedical devices sterilized, such as spoons, hockey pucks, and fish hooks. Healthcare staff may want to accommodate their requests, but there are times when they cannot do so. A central service (CS) should only sterilize medical devices that have undergone validation testing, which demonstrates that…

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By: Susan Klacik, BS, CRCST, CHL, CIS, ACE, FCS
August 21, 2018
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Galien Foundation chooses 10 most innovative medical devices of 2018

Editor's Note Nominees for the Best Medical Technology of 2018 were recently chosen by The Galien Foundation, the August 6 Medical Design & Outsourcing reports. Among the 10 most innovative medical devices are: Boston Scientific’s Axios stent and electrocautery enhanced delivery system Boston Scientific’s SpyGlass direct visualization system for cholangiopancreatoscopy…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 15, 2018
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New 3D-printed device with living cells could help treat spinal cord injuries

Editor's Note Engineers and neurosurgical researchers at the University of Minnesota have created a 3D-printed device with living cells that could help patients with long-term spinal cord injuries regain some function, according to this August 9 report from the University of Minnesota. For the procedure, a 3D-printed guide, made of…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 13, 2018
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Siemens, NuVasive announce partnership to create new spine imaging technology

Editor's Note Siemens Healthineers (Erlangen, Germany) and NuVasive (San Diego, California) have entered into a strategic partnership to create integrated 3D imaging, surgical automation technology, and navigation for minimally invasive spine procedures, the August 9 Becker’s Spine Review reports. The collaboration, called the “Spine Precision Partnership,” will integrate Siemen’s Cios…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 13, 2018
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FDA: Class I recall of Arkon Anesthesia Delivery System

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration on August 10 identified the recall of Spacelabs Healthcare’s (Snoqualmie, Washington) Arkon Anesthesia Delivery System as Class I, the most serious. The recall was issued because of the system going into a “failed state,” during which the mechanical ventilation function stops working. This…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 13, 2018
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More than 3 million healthcare records breached in Q2

Editor's Note New data released in the Protenus Breach Barometer shows  more than 3.14 million patient records were compromised in 142 breach incidents reported to Health and Human Services or the media from April to June 2018, the August 8 Healthcare Informatics reports. This number is up from 1.13 million…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 10, 2018
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Joint Commission: Four organizations recognized as Pioneers in Quality Expert Contributors

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on August 8 recognized four healthcare organizations as 2018 Pioneers in Quality Expert Contributors for their efforts to advance the evolution and utilization of electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs). The organizations are: BJC Healthcare, St Louis MedStar St Mary’s Hospital, Leonardtown, Maryland Texas Health Resources,…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 9, 2018
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Environmental considerations for reusable vs disposable isolation gowns

Editor's Note Selecting reusable isolation gowns may result in significant environmental benefits compared with disposable gowns, this study finds. This analysis of 1,000 isolation gowns in a healthcare setting (24 reusable gowns from 8 suppliers, 16 disposable gowns from 5 suppliers) found that the reusable gowns resulted in a: 28%…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 8, 2018
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Joint Commission automates patient safety event phone line

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced August 1 that beginning September 1, callers to its patient safety event phone line (1-800-994-6610) will receive automated instructions on how to file a report or concern. The line will no longer be answered by a staff member. The Joint Commission says the phone…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 2, 2018
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EHRs are top factor contributing to physician burnout

Editor's Note A recent Reaction Data survey of 254 physicians found that 21% believed electronic health records (EHRs) were the biggest determinant in burnout, followed by payers/preauthorization, regulatory compliance, and internal bureaucracy, the July 31 Healthcare Informatics reports. All factors had a common theme of consuming time and preventing physicians…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 2, 2018
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