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Joint Commission Resources offers new survey readiness guide for surgical settings

Editor's Note  Joint Commission Resources on October 24 announced the availability of a new accreditation prep guide specific for surgical settings. “Survey Readiness Guide for Surgical Settings: Standards, Tracers, and Tools” is a self-assessment tool that includes all relevant Joint Commission accreditation standards and provides an overview of the survey…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 25, 2018
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FDA: Safety Communication on Raindrop Near Vision Inlay

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on October 23 issued a Safety Communication on the increased risk of corneal haze associated with the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay, which is surgically implanted in the cornea of one eye to improve near vision. The notice is to alert eye care…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 25, 2018
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FDA: Promise Pharmacy recalls one lot of Prednisolone, Gatifloxacin Ophthalmic Solution

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on October 22 announced the recall by Promise Pharmacy (Palm Harbor, Florida) of one lot of Prednisolone and Gatifloxacin Ophthalmic Solution 1%/0.5% sterile, 3 mL vials (Lot Number 09042018@2, Exp 12/03/2018). The recall was issued because the product was found to have…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 24, 2018
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Leapfrog Group expands ratings to outpatient surgery settings

Editor's Note The Leapfrog Group announced October 16 that it would expand its public reporting to outpatient settings. For the first time, Leapfrog will collect quality and safety data on ambulatory surgery centers through a new voluntary survey, and hospital outpatient surgery departments will report data through a new section…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 23, 2018
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Experts recommend new description for cognitive changes after anesthesia, surgery

Editor's Note A multidisciplinary panel of experts recommended changing the way clinicians and patients describe cognitive changes experienced after anesthesia and surgery, in this session presented October 16 at the Anesthesiology 2018 annual meeting in San Francisco. The experts recommended that a new umbrella term, “Perioperative Neurocognitive Disorder (PND),” be…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 18, 2018
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Surgeons to monitor hip, knee patients using Apple Watches

Editor's Note Zimmer Biomet and Apple Inc have begun a multiyear study that will allow surgeons to use Apple Watches to monitor activities, including heart rate, steps taken, and standing hours of up to 100,000 patients before and after hip and knee replacement surgery, the October 15 Reuters reports. Providers…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 18, 2018
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Early action advised to achieve better OAS CAHPS responses

Mandatory implementation of the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgery Survey (OAS CAHPS) originally scheduled for 2018 has been delayed, but that does not mean it should be ignored, say ambulatory surgery center (ASC) leaders. The earliest projected date when the survey could become mandatory…

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By: Janet M. Boivin, BSN, BSJ, RN
October 18, 2018
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Unlike adults, obese children do not have more postop pain

Editor's Notes Though obese adults often report more postoperative pain, the same was not true for obese children in this study presented October 16 at the Anesthesiology 2018 annual meeting in San Francisco. In this analysis of 808 children who had noncardiac surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, pain was assessed…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 17, 2018
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Despite concerns, patients see opioids as superior, expect them for postop pain

Editor's Note Despite concerns about addiction and side effects of opioids, patients still expect them to be prescribed and believe them to be the most effective for postoperative pain relief, finds this study presented October 13 at the Anesthesiology 2018 annual meeting in San Francisco. Researchers gave a 13-question survey…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 15, 2018
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Joint Commission announces new CV certification with AHA

Editor's Note The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association (AHA) will offer a single cardiovascular (CV) certification program for hospitals beginning January 1, 2019, the Joint Commission announced on October 10. The single certification is designed to enhance CV patient care and improve outcomes and quality of life. It…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 15, 2018
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