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The Joint Commission releases new sentinel event data

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on September 7 released sentinel event data for the first 6 months of 2022. Of 832 events reviewed this year from January 1 to June 30, the top 10 most frequently reported were: Falls—199 Unintended retention of foreign objects—30 Suicides—26 Delays in treatment—25 Wrong surgery—19…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 13, 2022
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COVID-19-associated hospitalizations among vaccinated, unvaccinated adults

Editor's Note This study led by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that COVID-19 vaccines are strongly associated with preventing serious illness. Analyzing data from 192,509 hospitalizations in 250 US hospitals: monthly COVID-19 associated hospitalization rates ranged from 3.5 to 17.7 times higher in unvaccinated…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 12, 2022
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Travel nurses are not returning to former jobs as demand decreases

Editor's Note Some travel nurses are choosing to leave nursing instead of returning to their former hospital jobs “as demand for travel nurses comes back down from unprecedented highs during the pandemic,” Becker’s Hospital Review September 6 reports. According to Becker’s, there were about 50,000 travel nurses in the US…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
September 7, 2022
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Editor's pick: 10 tools for perioperative leadership success

Editor's Note Any leadership position in a modern perioperative leadership department requires a nurse who is skilled at making business decisions that promote patient and staff safety and quality care. The skill set is always evolving and requires constant reforming and fine tuning. This job involves not only leadership and…

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By: Jane Kuhn
September 6, 2022
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Effect of COVID-19 on mental health of physically active adults

Editor's Note In this study, researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology find that the COVID-19 pandemic was associated with worse mental health for physically active adults. A total of 855 physically active adults (32.6% women) completed the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale at two time points (ie,…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 2, 2022
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Healthcare employment up in August

Editor's Note Overall healthcare employment in the US was up in August to a seasonally adjusted 16,453,900 workers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on September 2. That’s up 48,200 since July. Hospital employment also was up by 14,700 jobs. The overall unemployment rate for August was 3.7%, for a…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 2, 2022
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FDA: Class I recall of Integra’s CereLink ICP Monitor

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on August 31 identified the recall by Integra of its CereLink ICP Monitor as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because the device may display incorrect values for a patient’s intracranial pressure (ICP) and display out-of-range pressure readings. If…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 2, 2022
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Physical activity remains lower worldwide than pre-COVID-19

Editor's Note This study by researchers at UC San Francisco finds that step counts—a measure of physical activity—were markedly lower early in the COVID-19 pandemic compared to prepandemic, and they remain lower in the 2 years following the onset of the pandemic. The researchers used data collected from the Azumio…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 1, 2022
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FDA: Class I recall of Hamilton-C6 Intensive Care Ventilator

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on August 29 identified the recall by Hamilton Medical AG of its Hamilton-C6 Intensive Care Ventilator as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of potential water ingress between the indicator board and the ventilator’s main board that may…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 1, 2022
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Risk of COVID-19 in HCWs working in ICU vs non-ICU settings

Editor's Note This study from Saudi Arabia finds that nurses working in the intensive care unit (ICU) had a significantly higher risk of COVID-19 infection. A total of 1,594 healthcare workers (HCWs) with COVID-19 infections were analyzed—103 working in the ICU and 1,491 working in non-ICU locations. The ICU had…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 1, 2022
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