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Joint Commission, AHA offer cardiovascular certification program

Editor's Note The Joint Commission and American Heart Association (AHA) on July 25 announced a new jointly offered hospital cardiovascular certification program. The “Advanced Certification for Heart Failure” program is the first of multiple, jointly offered cardiac certifications that will be available to hospitals. Organizations must meet the following criteria:…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 30, 2018
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Two QI programs lead to fewer postop complications

Editor's Note After implementing two presurgery checklists from the American College of Surgeons Strong for Surgery (S4S) program, most diabetic patients met blood sugar control recommendations, and many patients quit smoking before surgery. Use of the checklists along with an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) approach resulted in decreased length…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 26, 2018
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Hip fracture patients recover faster with ERAS program

Editor's Note In high-risk hip fracture patients, an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) program lowers mortality rates, reduces hospital stays, and results in fewer complications, finds this study presented July 23 at the American College of Surgeons 2018 Quality and Safety Conference in Orlando, Florida. Results showed that ERAS: cut…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 26, 2018
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CMS releases outpatient prospective payment rule

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on July 25 released its 2019 outpatient prospective payment rule, which includes cutting payments for hospital outpatient clinic visits as part of a site neutral payment policy. CMS estimated this would save patients about $150 in lower copayments for clinic…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 26, 2018
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Accredited bariatric surgery center reduces postop complications

Editor's Note During a 5-year quality improvement project, an academic medical center’s bariatric surgery program lowered its rates of postoperative complications and readmissions, surgical site infections (SSIs) and urinary tract infections (UTIs), and bleeding despite doubling its surgical volume, finds this study presented July 23 at the American College of…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 25, 2018
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HFAP announces Joint Replacement Certification program

Editor's Note The Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) recently announced its Joint Replacement Certification program with options for outpatient and inpatient settings that demonstrate excellence in specialty orthopedic care, the July 23 Becker’s ASC Review reports. Hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers seeking Joint Replacement Certification must meet the following requirements:…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 25, 2018
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Frailty in younger CABG patients linked to increased mortality

Editor's Note Frailty posed a higher risk of mortality in younger coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) patients than older patients, this Canadian study finds. In this analysis of 40,083 patients who underwent CABG surgery between 2008 and 2015, researchers found that frailty was associated with poor early and long-term postoperative…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 23, 2018
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Association of anesthesia, surgery in older adults with cognitive decline

Editor's Note In adults more than 70 years of age, exposure to general anesthesia and surgery was associated with a subtle decline in memory and thinking skills in this study. Of 1,819 patients in the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging, exposure to anesthesia after age 70 was linked to long-term…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 23, 2018
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Market growth for small bone, joint orthopedic devices predicted

Editor's Note A Transparency Market Research report predicts the global market for small bone and joint orthopedic devices will reach $8.2 billion by 2023, with an 8.1% compound annual growth rate, the July 19 Becker’s Spine Review reports. Among the key players in the market, which is led by the…

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By: https://www.beckersspine.com/orthopedic-a-spine-device-a-implant-news/item/41857-11-major-players-in-the-global-small-bone-joint-devices-market.html
July 23, 2018
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Vigilance and diligence needed to enforce hand hygiene

Hungarian obstetrician Ingvar Semmelweis recognized the link between hand washing and childbirth fever in the mid-1800s. During his lifetime, this theory was often ignored or mocked, but ultimately hand washing was scientifically proven to prevent infections. Almost two centuries later, hand washing still reigns as the queen of infection prevention,…

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By: Janet M. Boivin, BSN, BSJ, RN
July 23, 2018
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