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Effect of neuraxial anesthesia for total joints on outcomes

Editor's Note Increased use of neuraxial anesthesia for total hip and knee patients was linked to lower hospitalization costs in this study. National data on 808,237 total knee and 371,607 total hip replacements were used in the analysis. Multivariable associations were measured between hospital neuraxial anesthesia volume (quartiles) and outcomes…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 12, 2018
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Machine-learning algorithm predicts hypotension during surgery

Editor's Note In this study, researchers at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles applied machine learning to arterial pressure waveforms to develop an algorithm that predicted intraoperative hypotension 15 minutes before it occurred in 84% of cases. Two sets of data were used to build the algorithm. One set consisted…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 12, 2018
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Researchers identify biomarkers for total hip patients likely to develop osteolysis

Editor's Note Researchers at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, have identified two protein biomarkers that indicate which total hip patients are likely to develop osteolysis. Osteolysis is the destruction of bone tissue around the hip joint that causes the implant to loosen and results in a revision surgery. The researchers…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 8, 2018
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FDA updates recommendations to reduce surgical fires

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on June 5 updated its Safety Communication: “Recommendations to Reduce Surgical Fires and Related Patient Injury.” Among the recommendations: Perform a fire risk assessment before each surgical procedure. Encourage communication among anesthesia personnel, surgeons, and OR staff. Practice safe use and administration…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 8, 2018
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FDA issues Class I Recall of CARDIOSAVE Hybrid Intra-aortic Balloon Pump by Maquet Datascope

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration on June 6 identified the recall by Maquet Datascope Corp of its CARDIOSAVE Hybrid Intra-aortic Balloon Pump as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of a design issue that allows fluid to seep into the device, which can lead…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 7, 2018
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Confronting the Opioid Crisis Head-On: New TJC and CMS Pain Standards

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Radial-artery vs saphenous-vein grafts in CABG surgery

Editor's Note In this study, the use of radial-artery grafts for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) resulted in a lower rate of cardiac adverse events and a higher rate of patency at 5 years than saphenous-vein grafts. A total of 1,036 patients (534 radial artery, 502 saphenous vein) from six…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 5, 2018
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Study finds high rates of infection after colonoscopy, OGD performed in ASCs

Editor's Note Rates of infection after colonoscopies and osophagogastroduodenoscopies (OGDs) performed in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are higher than previously thought and vary widely by facility, this study from Johns Hopkins finds. Rates of postendoscopic infection per 1,000 procedures within 7 days were: 1.1 for screening colonoscopy 1.6 for nonscreening…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 4, 2018
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FDA: Class I recall of HeartWare HVAD system by Medtronic

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration on June 1 identified the recall by Medtronic of its HeartWare Ventricular Assist Device (HVAD) system as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of the possibility for an interruption to occur in the electrical connection between the system’s power…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 4, 2018
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Report predicts spinal implant, surgical devices market growth

Editor's Note A Crystal Market Research report predicts the spinal implant and surgical devices market will top $15.7 billion by 2025, with a compound annual growth rate of 4.44%, according to the May 24 Becker’s Spine Review. The market will grow because of the rising geriatric population and enhanced technology.…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 1, 2018
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Military-civilian partnership creates first fully integrated trauma system

Editor's Note The American College of Surgeons on May 23 announced that a partnership between the Military Health System and civilian trauma institutions is underway to create the first fully integrated military-civilian trauma system. The system will train military surgeons before deployment, help surgeons retain skills while deployed, and bring…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 24, 2018
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PACU Manager Summit Luncheon and Presentation: Managing the Matter of Anesthesia for the Behavioral Health Patient with Confidence!

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