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SCIP: VTE prevention controversy

An orthopedic surgeon announces she is revising her orders to call for aspirin as the sole prophylaxis for venous thromboembolism (VTE) for her patients having total joint replacement who are at a standard risk for both pulmonary embolism (PE) and bleeding. She refers to guidelines from the American Academy of…

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By: OR Manager
July 1, 2009
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Applying the Surgical Apgar Score

"This patient is a 10. Everything went well." Or "This patient is a 5. She will need close monitoring." Before long, physicians and nurses may be using a numerical score like this when transferring patients from the OR to the next level of care. Researchers have validated a 10-point Surgical…

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By: Pat Patterson
July 1, 2009
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WHO surgical safety checklist linked to fewer deaths, complications

There's new evidence that the Surgical Safety Checklist developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) improves patient safety. In a worldwide pilot study, patient death and complication rates declined substantially after the checklist was introduced at 8 hospitals. Study participants Auckland City Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand Philippine General Hospital, Manila…

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By: Pat Patterson
March 1, 2009
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Restrict cell phone use, at least near devices, ECRI recommends

Lifting cell phone restrictions isn't a good idea, especially in device-intensive areas like the OR and critical care units, advises ECRI, a nonprofit organization that researches health care technology. "We're still recommending avoiding use of cell phones if possible except in the lobby of the hospital or in areas that…

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By: OR Manager
May 1, 2007
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