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May 2019
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After 10 years, EHRs don’t live up to promise

Editor's Note The US government claimed that digitization of healthcare records would improve the quality and value of healthcare; however, 10 years after legislation fast-tracked the move to electronic healthcare records (EHRs), even the architects of the effort agree that the $36 billion investment has not delivered as expected, the…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 20, 2019
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Study: TAVR equal to or better than surgery

Editor's Note This study comparing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) with standard open-heart surgery found no difference in stroke or death from any cause at 2 years follow-up. The findings were presented March 17 at the American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session in New Orleans. A total of 1,468…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 19, 2019
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Effect of hospital intervention, state legislation on postop opioid prescribing practices

Editor's Note After a hospital-wide intervention and state-wide legislation, this community hospital in Michigan achieved a 60%-70% decrease in postoperative opioid prescriptions and less variation in opioid prescription practices. This retrospective study of opioid naïve adult patients who had one of five general surgical procedures between 2015 and 2017 found…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 18, 2019
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Non-opioid pain management gaining favor in ASCs

Pressure to contain opioid overuse in the United States is at a boiling point. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that overdose deaths linked to opioid prescriptions have increased fivefold over the last two decades. To reduce reliance on opioid prescriptions, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services…

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By: Jennifer Lubell
March 15, 2019
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No increased risk of complications after ambulatory total joint procedures

Editor's Note There were no increased risks of complications or readmissions after total hip replacements (THRs) and total knee replacements (TKRs) performed in a community-based ambulatory surgery center (ASC), finds this study reported in a Poster Session March 14 at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Las Vegas. A…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 14, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

Perioperative Crossroads: Fostering the “One Team” Philosophy to Improve the Patient Experience

After this session you’ll be able to: Understand the basic principles to apply LEAN Processes (Toyota Production System®) to healthcare., Explain the role of shared expectations between anesthesia, surgeons, and nurses to improve accountability, operational efficiency, and interprofessional relationships. , Identify the barriers to communication between pre-, inter-, and postoperative…

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ACDF can be performed safely in outpatient setting

Editor's Note Removal of multiple herniated or degenerative discs in the neck, known as anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF), can be safely performed in an outpatient setting, finds this study presented March 13 at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Las Vegas. Of 103 patients included in the…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 14, 2019
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IV and oral acetaminophen work equally well after THA

Editor's Note Intravenous (IV) acetaminophen did not result in a significant difference in pain scores, opioid consumption, or opioid-related adverse events compared with oral acetaminophen, finds this study presented March 12 at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. A total of 154 patients having total…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 13, 2019
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Discharging surgical patients earlier in the day linked to LOS, hospital throughput

Editor's Note A 12-month targeted initiative to discharge surgical patients earlier was associated with a 50% increase in patients being discharged by noon in this study. The initiative, which included preoperative and inpatient components: increased discharge by noon rates from 14.3% to 21.5% decreased length of stay (LOS) from 2.17…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 11, 2019
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FDA issues letter on risks linked with staplers, implantable staples

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on March 8 issued a letter to alert healthcare providers about an increasing number of medical device reports on surgical staplers for internal use and implantable surgical staples. The most common reported problems include opening of the staple line, malformation of staples,…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 11, 2019
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Bacterial contamination of white coats, surgical scrubs

Editor's Note Provider attire is a potential source of pathogenic bacterial transmission in healthcare settings, this review study finds. A total of 22 articles were included in this analysis, which found that provider attire was commonly colonized by multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs), with white coats laundered less frequently than scrubs. The…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 11, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

PACU Manager Summit Luncheon & Presentation: ER 101 and 201: Creating Service Line Specific Pathways Through Enhanced Recovery Protocols

After this session you'll be able to: Create a generic Enhanced Recovery Pathway (ERP) as a foundation for an Enhanced Recovery (ER) program. Identifying the process for expansion of ER into multiple service lines. Discuss the need for service line-specific pathways to ensure a sustainable ERP. Why this is important:…

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