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Nurse union survey: AI patient safety threats prove need for strict guardrails

Editor's Note Artificial intelligence (AI) threatens patient safety by undermining the judgment of human nurses, according to a survey by National Nurses United (NNU). “The findings, coupled with anecdotal reports from nurses at hospitals nationwide, underscore the urgent need for stricter regulation and greater input from nurses and health care…

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By: Matt Danford
May 24, 2024
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FDA announces Class 1 recall for Vyaire Medical’s Twin Tube CPX sample lines

Editor's Note A choking hazard prompted the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to designate Vyaire Medical’s recall of Twin Tube sample lines—critical components of the Vyntus CPX system—as Class 1, the most serious category of recall indicating a risk of serious injury or death. According to the agency’s May…

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By: Matt Danford
May 24, 2024
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Built to grow: Key elements of planning a new ASC

Are you part of the ambulatory surgery center (ASC) construction boom? If so, you’re not alone. Approximately 116 new facilities opened in 2023, according to Becker’s ASC Review, and more are planned for and underway in 2024. This trend shows no signs of slowing. Fortune Business Insights projects the US…

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By: Brendan Dooley
May 24, 2024
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Supply chain stress fractures demand rock-solid continuity planning

More than 4 years after personal protective equipment production and inventories crashed amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, the “new normal” in healthcare supply chains seems to be “uncertainty.” Although hospital margins are improving and patient volumes are trending upward, “stress fractures continue to remain in place,” says Michael Schiller, CMRP,…

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By: Marisa Torrieri
May 24, 2024
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Editorial: Nurse leaders, vendors must collaborate effectively

Is working with a healthcare vendor a necessary evil? For leaders in the perioperative space, where vendors abound, it may be tempting to answer “yes.” The relationship between vendors and nurse leaders is a delicate balance between give and take, but sometimes the take seems to outweigh the give. Nonetheless,…

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By: Jane E. Kuhn, RN, MSN, CNOR(e), NEA-BC (Retired)
May 24, 2024
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FDA announces class 1 recall for radiographic breast tissue marker

Editor's Note The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has designated the recall of Hologic Inc.’s BioZorb Marker a class 1, indicating a risk of serious injury or death. BioZorb is an implantable radiographic marker used to mark soft tissue (such as breast tissue) for future medical procedures. Provided sterile…

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By: Matt Danford
May 23, 2024
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Cyberattack-affected Providers seek clarity on stolen data reporting responsibility

Editor's Note A joint letter from the American Medical Association (AMA) and more than 100 medical organizations asks Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra to confirm that providers do not bear responsibility for legal reporting requirements for information stolen in the Change Healthcare cyberattack, including personal patient data.…

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By: Matt Danford
May 22, 2024
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RAND study reveals private payers pay 250% more than Medicare for healthcare services

Editor's Note A recent analysis by the RAND Corporation, a research and analysis nonprofit, revealed a disparity between hospital and ambulatory surgery center (ASC) prices paid by employers and private payers compared to Medicare prices, Revcycle Intelligence May 15 reports. The study, covering data from 2020 to 2022, showed private…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
May 22, 2024
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Cybersecurity initiative devotes $50 million to help hospitals combat ransomware

Editor's Note A $50 million initiative to develop cybersecurity tools for hospitals aims to protect providers and patients alike from ransomware, according to a May 20 report in Becker’s Health IT. The Universal PatchinG and Remediation for Autonomous DEfense, or UPGRADE, program was launched the same day by the Advanced Research…

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By: Matt Danford
May 20, 2024
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FDA announces class 1 recalls for heart devices, ventilators

Editor's Note The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified recalls of Abbot’s HeartMate 3 Left Ventricular Assist System (LVAS) implant kits and Phillips Respironics' Trilogy Evo ventilators as class 1, the most serious category indicating risk of serious injury or death. Used while waiting for recovery, a transplant,…

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By: Matt Danford
May 16, 2024
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