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Data suggest BMI cutoffs for hernia surgery could be unnecessary

Editor's Note The impact of body mass index (BMI) on hernia recurrence is likely overstated, and symptomatic patients should not be denied abdominal wall reconstruction procedures due to an arbitrary BMI cutoff of 35 kg/m2. This is the conclusion of a study published February 1 in the journal Surgery by…

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By: Matt Danford
February 16, 2024
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Studies link bacteria from long nurse fingernails to lethal infections in infants

Editor's Note Without proper nail care, proper handwashing might not be enough to prevent infection and death among infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). That’s according to a February 8 report from nurse.org, which drove home the importance of following hygiene protocols by highlighting real-world evidence confirming the…

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By: Matt Danford
February 15, 2024
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FBI investigates cyberattack on Lurie Children’s Hospital

Editor's Note Billing, records, appointment scheduling and other systems at Lurie Children’s Hospital were still offline a week after representatives of had to cancel a planned OR Business Management Conference presentation due to a cyberattack. According to a February 12 report from the Chicago Sun-Times, the January 31 cyberattack is…

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By: Matt Danford
February 15, 2024
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FDA recalls BrightView SPECT systems

Editor's Note The FDA has issued a Class I recall of Philips’ BrightView, BrightView X and BrightView XCT Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) scanners due to a component failure that could result in the system’s detector falling on patients. Philips sent all affected customers an Urgent Medical Device Correction…

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By: Matt Danford
February 15, 2024
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The Joint Commission, NFQ announce 2023 Eisenberg Award recipients

Editor's Note The Joint Commission and National Quality Forum (NQF) on February 14 announced the recipients of the 2023 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards. The Awards recognize major achievements by individuals and organizations to improve patient safety and healthcare quality. This year’s recipients are: National Level Innovation…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
February 15, 2024
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Expected CDC COVID-19 isolation guidance revisions exclude those with mild symptoms, no fever

Editor's Note This spring, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expected to announce that individuals who test positive for COVID-19 no longer need to isolate if they’ve been fever-free for 24 hours and symptoms are mild or improving. Current guidelines, in place since 2021, recommend isolating for…

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By: Matt Danford
February 14, 2024
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Study examines high emergency department use by transgender Medicare patients

Editor's Note A study showing greater likelihood for transgender (TGD) Medicare patients to use the emergency department highlights the need to train staff in transgender-inclusive care, the authors argue. Conducted by the Brown University School of Public Health, the study was published February 13 in JAMA Internal Medicine. As reported…

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By: Brita Belli
February 13, 2024
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Healthcare employment up in January

Editor's Note Healthcare employment in the US rose by 70,300 from January to February, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, released on February 2. That is compared to an overall monthly gain of 353,000 in January—similar to the 333,000 gained in December—for a total of…

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By: Brita Belli
February 9, 2024
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FDA announces urgent chest drain recall

Editor's Note The FDA has announced a recall of the Atrium Express Dry Suction Dry Seal Chest Drain, a disposable device used to remove air and/or fluid from the chest cavity or mediastinum and to aid in lung expansion and breathing. The drain is being recalled by maker Maquet Cardiovascular,…

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By: Brita Belli
February 9, 2024
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Session: What to expect from healthcare policy, regulation in 2024

Editor's Note Since the pandemic, the view of the healthcare industry in congress has essentially gone from “hero to zero” – a shift with potentially big implications for the healthcare business leaders gathered at yesterday’s closing session from Soumi Saha, PharmD, JD, senior vice president of government affairs at Premier…

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By: Matt Danford
February 8, 2024
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