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Latest Issue of OR Manager
February 2022

ECRI names Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2022

Editor's Note ECRI has named cybersecurity attacks as the number one health technology hazard for 2022. In its report, ECRI notes that all healthcare organizations are subject to cybersecurity attacks, and that the question is not whether they will be attacked but when. A cybersecurity attack could threaten medical devices…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 19, 2022
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NIOSH rescinds approval for ALG Health’s N95 respirator masks

Editor's Note The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has honored a request by N95 respirator mask manufacturer, ALG Health (Bryan, Ohio), to rescind all respirator approvals issued to ALG Health, effective immediately. As of January 6, any of the following ALG Health N95 respirators marked with a…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 13, 2022
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Mayo Clinic discourages use of cloth masks

Editor's Note Cloth masks are now prohibited at the Rochester, Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic, the December 30 Becker’s Hospital Review reports. The health system is requiring patients and visitors to wear surgical, N-95, or KN-95 masks and will provide them if needed. Experts have noted that single-layer cloth masks offer minimal…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 3, 2022
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Injurious HCW experiences, emotions before COVID-19 vaccine availability

Editor's Note This study led by researchers from Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, finds that healthcare workers (HCWs) had significant changes in their personal and professional lives during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, before the availability of vaccines. Findings from this analysis of 1,344 HCWs (ie, nurses,…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 30, 2021
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Excellence in staff and patient safety using standardization

Last month, OR leaders convened for the 2021 OR Manager Conference in Chicago. The last 18 months have radically transformed healthcare delivery in the US, but many of the underlying challenges faced by hospitals and health systems before the pandemic remain unchanged. Despite the impact of COVID-19, attendees still grappled…

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By: Sam Sullivan, RN, CNOR
November 17, 2021
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FDA investigating imported surgical, exam gloves

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on September 29, announced that healthcare facilities and providers should not purchase or use imported surgical and patient examination gloves from companies included on Import Alert 80-04. Companies are listed on an import alert when the FDA has enough evidence that they…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 3, 2021
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Survey: COVID-19 seropositivity among high-risk HCWs

Editor's Note This survey of high-risk healthcare workers (HCWs) at Sharp HealthCare in San Diego County finds a relatively small proportion who were seropositive for COVID-19. Of 1,770 participants, 39 (2.2%) had a positive antibody test. Among 22 who reported a history of presumptive or confirmed COVID-19, 14 were antibody…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 12, 2021
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Occupational exposures, secondary cases of COVID-19 in HCWs

Editor's Note In this study, researchers from Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, find that more healthcare workers (HCWs) were exposed to COVID-19 by coworkers than patients, and lapses in infection prevention practices increased transmission risk. Between June and December 2020, 2,357 HCWs were involved in occupational…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 4, 2021
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Study: Effects of COVID-19 mask mandates on hospital resources, mortality

Editor's Note This study led by researchers at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research and the Brooke Army Medical Center JBSA Fort Sam Houston, Texas, finds that a Texas state-level mask mandate issued July 3, 2020, followed by a Bexar County-level mandate issued July 15, 2020, did not reduce…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 13, 2021
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Effect of household exposure on risk for COVID-19 infection in vaccinated HCWs

Editor's Note This Israeli study finds that exposure to COVID-19- positive household members was a risk factor associated with COVID-19 infection in vaccinated healthcare workers (HCWs). Of 171 HCWs analyzed, exposure to a positive household member was significantly more common among vaccinated HCWs who were COVID-19-positive (56%) than nonvaccinated HCWs…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 1, 2021
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