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May 2019
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Using machine learning for preop prediction of postop mortality, ICU admission

Editor's Note Machine learning can be used to improve surgical risk prediction compared to traditional risk calculators, this study from Singapore finds. The traditional Combined Assessment of Risk Encountered in Surgery and the American Society of Anesthesiologists Physical Status models were compared with machine learning models in the prediction of…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 11, 2019
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Hospital safety culture linked to surgical patient outcomes

Editor's Note A hospital’s safety culture may influence certain surgical patient outcomes, finds this study. A Safety Attitudes Questionnaire (SAQ), sent to administrators, quality improvement teams, nurses, anesthesiologists, and surgeons in 49 hospitals participating in the Illinois Surgical Quality Improvement Collaborative, found that OR safety culture had the highest scores…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 3, 2019
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Low-value procedures associated with hospital-acquired complications

Editor's Note Patients admitted to the hospital for procedures that would not be expected to require admission (ie, low-value procedures) are being harmed, consuming additional hospital resources, and delaying care for patients for whom the services would be appropriate, this Australian study finds. In this analysis of 9,330 episodes of…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 2, 2019
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Factors linked to, lessons learned from reduced mortality during military conflicts

Editor's Note The increased use of tourniquets, blood transfusions, and reduced time to surgical treatment (ie, within 1 hour) were the main factors that reduced mortality 44.2% during military conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, this study finds. From October 2001 through December 2017, survival increase three-fold among the most critically…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 1, 2019
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Florida’s Mayo Clinic performs first endoscopic lung volume reduction procedure

Editor's Note The Mayo Clinic in Florida announced March 26 that it is the first center in the state to perform endoscopic lung volume reduction with endobronchial valves. The procedure, which was recently approved by the Food & Drug Administration, is used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases such as…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 27, 2019
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What’s Shocking the PACU? Providing Safe Patient Care for Electroconvulsive Therapy

After this session you’ll be able to: 1.     Discuss new modalities in the care of patients requiring electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). 2.     Describe practices for managing ECT patient flow for your department. 3.     Explain how to merge profitability, staffing patterns, and other details for procedural care of unique patient populations.   Why this…

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Minimally invasive uterine fibroid embolization safe, effective

Editor's Note Minimally invasive embolization can be used to effectively treat uterine fibroids with fewer postoperative complications and a lower need for additional treatments than myomectomy, finds this study presented March 25 at the Society of Interventional Radiology’s 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting in Austin, Texas. Of 950 patients analyzed, half…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 26, 2019
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Improving hand hygiene compliance among anesthesia providers in the OR

Editor's Note Educating anesthesia providers on the World Health Organization’s five indications for hand hygiene, increasing access to hand hygiene products in the OR, and monitoring  hand hygiene among anesthesia providers can improve hand hygiene compliance, this study finds. Hand hygiene was observed in three phases: Preimplementation, postimplementation, and 60…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 25, 2019
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FDA issues Safety Communication on cybersecurity vulnerabilities in Medtronic cardiac devices

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration on March 21 issued a Safety Communication on cybersecurity vulnerabilities identified in wireless telemetry technology used for communication between Medtronic’s implantable cardiac devices, clinic programmers, and home monitors. Medtronic (Dublin, Ireland) is working on updates to address the vulnerabilities and recommends that healthcare…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 25, 2019
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Effect of care bundle on emergency laparotomy outcomes

Editor's Note Hospitals should consider adopting a care bundle approach to improve outcomes for emergency laparotomy patients, this study finds. In this analysis of 14,809 patients in 28 hospitals in the UK, reduction in unadjusted mortality (from 9.8% to 8.3%) and length of stay (from 20.1 days to 18.9 days)…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 21, 2019
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Inhaled anesthetics vs total IV anesthesia for CABG surgery

Editor's Note In this study, having elective coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery under inhaled (ie, desflurane, isoflurane, or sevoflurane) anesthesia did not result in significantly fewer deaths than total intravenous (IV) anesthesia, though inhaled agents have cardioprotective effects. A total of 5,400 patients at 36 centers in 13 countries…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 21, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

AMA (Ask Me Anything): Words of Wisdom From PACU Leaders

After this session you’ll be able to: Discuss fundamental concepts of PACU leadership., Identify tactics for adapting your leadership style to cope with challenging situations., Describe best practices for optimizing patient throughput and managing communication between departments. ,   Why this is important: From staff allocation to pain management, your…

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