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Study: Fish oil does not increase bleeding risk in cardiac surgery patients

Editor's Note Fish oil did not increase perioperative bleeding and reduced the number of blood transfusions in cardiac surgery patients, in this study. A total of 1,516 cardiac surgery patients were randomized to perioperative fish oil or placebo−from 2 to 5 days before surgery until discharge. The primary outcome of…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 6, 2018
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FDA: Class I recall of Synaptive Medical’s BrightMatter Guide with SurfaceTrace Registration

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 30 identified the recall by Synaptive Medical of its BrightMatter Guide with SurfaceTrace Registration, which is used to perform neurosurgical procedures, as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of a software defect that could potentially result…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 4, 2018
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First accredited VR continuing medical education course filmed at Cedars-Sinai

Editor's Note The first 360-degree virtual reality (VR) accredited continuing medical education course in gastro-intestinal (GI) surgery was filmed at Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles, and is now available for streaming, Cedars-Sinai announced on December 3. The course is a collaboration between Cedars-Sinai and the streaming medical platform GIBLIB. The content closely…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 4, 2018
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SSI incidence, risk factors in total knees

Editor's Note In this 9-year prospective cohort study from Spain, researchers identified surgical site infection (SSI) risk factors that showed the necessity  to strictly comply with wound decontamination and patient preparation protocols, reduce the length of surgical time, and identify patients requiring comprehensive monitoring. This analysis of 1,969 patients who…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 29, 2018
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CMS: New online tool compares cost differences for outpatient procedures

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on November 27 launched a new online tool that compares Medicare payments and co-payments for certain outpatient surgical procedures performed in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. The “Procedure Price Lookup” tool will help Medicare patients consider potential cost differences when…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 29, 2018
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HHS issues draft strategy to reduce burdens linked to EHRs, health IT

Editor's Note The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on November 28 issued a draft strategy to reduce administrative and regulatory burdens caused by electronic health records (EHRs) and health information technology (health IT). The draft “Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 29, 2018
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Reliability of measuring surgeon spending for MIPS

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should measure surgeon spending at a group level or incorporate multiple years of data to reduce misclassification of surgeon performance in its Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program, this study finds. University of Michigan researchers found that annual cost-profiles of individual…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 27, 2018
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Munro Scale assessment helps reduce HAPI rates

Each year, more than 2.5 million adults in the US develop pressure ulcers, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). These lesions bring pain, risk for serious infection, and increased healthcare utilization. Data on the costs of treatment vary, but some estimates range between $37,800 and $70,000…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
November 14, 2018
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New safety program helps hospitals adopt ERAS

Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) led the list of newer patient care models in use at hospitals that employ respondents to the 2018 OR Manager Salary/Career Survey. A total of 42% of hospital-based OR leaders said ERAS had been or would soon be implemented in their facilities, down slightly from…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
November 14, 2018
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Room utilization rises with dynamic block scheduling

Inefficiencies in surgical case scheduling can lead to large revenue losses. When leaders at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center (SHMC) in Spokane, Washington, realized poor room utilization was the cause of more than $1 million in annual overtime costs, they knew that better planning was needed. “For every 60 minutes…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
November 14, 2018
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