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FDA: Class I recall of Cardiosave Hybrid, Rescue IABPs

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on August 31, identified the recall by Getinge/Maquet/Datasocpe of its Cardiosave Hybrid and Rescue Intra-aortic Balloon Pumps (IABPs) as Class I, the most serious. The FDA posted four recalls for four separate reasons: Because they may overheat when the device’s internal temperature…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 5, 2023
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HCA, Google Cloud bringing generative AI to hospitals

Editor's Note The Healthcare Corporation of America (HCA), on August 29, announced a new collaboration with Google Cloud to bring generative artificial intelligence (AI) to its hospitals. Emergency department physicians at four HCA hospitals are already using Google’s AI technology and Augmedix to create accurate and timely medical notes from…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 31, 2023
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Risk factors, complications associated with mortality after outpatient surgery

Editor's Note This study by researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, examines preoperative risk factors, operative variables, and postoperative complications associated with 30-day mortality after outpatient surgery. A total of 2,822,789 patients in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database were included…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 31, 2023
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CDC launches new program to strengthen sepsis survival, recovery

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on August 24, announced the launch of a new program to strengthen survival and recovery rates for sepsis patients, called the “Hospital Sepsis Program Core Elements.” The program is aimed at helping hospitals implement, monitor, and optimize sepsis programs and improve…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 31, 2023
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Effect of surgeon gender on postop outcomes

Editor's Note This Canadian study examines whether surgeon gender is associated with long-term postoperative patient outcomes. A total of 1,165,711 patients (151,054 treated by female surgeons and 1,014,657 treated by male surgeons) were included in the analysis. Multivariate adjusted rates of adverse postoperative events (ie, death, readmission, or complication) showed…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 30, 2023
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CRA infections linked to contaminated hospital laundry

Editor's Note This study from Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong, investigates the source of an outbreak of carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (CRA) in a general hospital due to contamination of a laundry evaporative cooler and the laundry environment. A total of 58 patients were affected in the outbreak. Their most…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 30, 2023
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HHS investing $100M to grow nursing workforce

Editor's Note The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), on August 10, announced awards of more than $100 million to educate more nurses and grow the nursing workforce. The awards include: $8.7 million to help licensed practical nurses become RNs $34.8 million to increase the number of primary care…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 29, 2023
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Study: Physical fitness helps bolster older adult brains

Editor's Note Research by the Center for Longevity at the University of Texas, Dallas, suggests that older adults who engage in intensive fitness practices tend to have brains that more closely resemble those of younger adults, the August 23 UTDallas News reports. The study, which compared high-fit older adults (median…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 29, 2023
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Shift work linked to cognitive impairment

Editor's Note This Canadian study examines the associations between shift work and cognitive impairment. A total of 47,811 adults between 45 and 85 years of age were included in the analysis. Higher rates of cognitive impairment were found in those who were exposed to night-shift work during their current jobs…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 24, 2023
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SSI rates before, after reuse of PPE during pandemic

Editor's Note This study from Trinity Health, Ann Arbor, Michigan, compares prepandemic surgical site infection (SSI) rates before reusing personal protective equipment (PPE), to pandemic SSI rates after reusing PPE in trauma surgical patients. A total of 48,987 patients were included in the analysis, with half in the postpandemic group.…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 24, 2023
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