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October 2018
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Can technology boost hand hygiene compliance?

Janet Haas, PhD, RN, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC, hopes technology will one day achieve what no other strategy has thus far: Increase the rate of hand hygiene compliance. Haas, president of the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, says it will need to be a small device that does…

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By: Janet M. Boivin, BSN, BSJ, RN
July 23, 2018
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Opioid use before total joint replacements linked to higher readmission, revision rates

Editor's Note Preoperative opioid use was associated with significantly increased risks of early revisions and 30-day readmissions after total knee and total hip arthroplasties, this study finds. The study included 324,154 patients in a 1-year follow-up group and 159,822 in a 3-year follow-up group. For total knee patients, the hospital…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 19, 2018
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Association between skilled nursing facility use and postop readmission rates

Editor's Note Use of postacute care in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) for total hip replacement (THR) and coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) patients was not associated with changes in readmission rates, in this study. Of 176,994 CABG patients at 804 hospitals and 233,955 THR patients at 1,220 hospitals, SNF use…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 17, 2018
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Slurpee straw inspires smudge-free laparoscopic camera

Editor's Note University of Texas engineering students have created a laparoscopic camera cleaner designed like a 7-Eleven Slurpee straw that keeps a camera smudge-free, the July 17 Medical Design & Outsourcing reports. The “ClearCam” device has a scoop-like shape that acts like a squeegee to clean the camera. Surgeons can…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 17, 2018
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CMS proposes changes to modernize Medicare, restore physician-patient relationship

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on July 12 issued a proposed rule that includes updated payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule on or after January 1, 2019. Physician fee schedule rates will be updated by…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 13, 2018
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Study: Prevalence of preop opioid use and patient characteristics

Editor's Note In this study of 34,186 surgical patients in the University of Michigan Health System, 23.1% were taking opioids preoperatively, and the use of opioids was associated with a more negative medical and pain profile. Patient age, tobacco use, illicit drug use, higher pain severity, depression, higher Fibromyalgia Survey…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 12, 2018
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Joint Commission revises requirements for THKR program

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on July 11 announced that effective January 1, 2019, it will implement a revised eligibility requirement and two revised requirements for the Advanced Certification for Total Hip & Knee Replacement (THKR) program. The revised eligibility requirement and revision to the Performance Measure chapter of the…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 12, 2018
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Gender differences in residents’ duty-hours, aspects of burnout, psychological well-being

Editor's Note Female general surgery residents work more, experience aspects of burnout more frequently, and have poorer psychological well-being, this study finds. Of  7,395 residents surveyed (response rate, 99%), females reported: more frequently staying in the hospital >28 hours or working >80 hours per week more frequently feeling fatigued and…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 11, 2018
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Physician burnout, well-being linked to medical errors

Editor's Note In this national study, physician burnout, fatigue, and work unit safety grades were associated with major medical errors. Of 6,695 physicians in active practice surveyed, 6,586 provided information: 54.3% reported symptoms of burnout 32.8% reported excessive fatigue 6.5% reported recent suicidal ideation 3.9% reported a poor or failing…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 10, 2018
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Cataract surgery linked to reduced traffic crashes

Editor's Note In this study, cataract surgery was associated with a patient’s reduced subsequent risk of being in a serious traffic crash as a driver. This analysis of 559,546 patients who had cataract surgery in at least one eye found that the crash rate decreased from 2.36 to 2.14 per…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 28, 2018
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