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Joint Commission-accredited ASCs report increased return on investment

Editor's Note The Joint Commission reported on June 1 that a new independent study of 161 Joint Commission-accredited ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) finds that for each dollar invested in accreditation, an organization has that dollar returned along with an additional $6.28 in benefits. Key areas of financial return include: Revenue,…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 2, 2022
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FDA: Class I recall of Arjo Sara Plus lift

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 27 identified the recall of the ArjoHuntleigh Polska Sara Plus floor lift as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of the risk of smoke or fire if the lift is used when the battery is low.…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 2, 2022
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June 8 is National Time Out Day

Editor's Note National Time Out Day, June 8, draws attention to the need for everyone on the surgical team to pause before a surgical procedure begins to make sure they are doing the right procedure on the right patient at the right site. AORN created the National Time Out Day…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 1, 2022
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Occurrence, transmission of asymptomatic vs symptomatic COVID-19 infections

Editor's Note Based on this update of a systematic review and meta-analysis of 130 studies, led by researchers from the University of Bern, Switzerland, most COVID-19 infections were not persistently asymptomatic, and asymptomatic infections were less infectious than symptomatic infections. Because of variability among studies, the meta-analysis did not calculate…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 31, 2022
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US COVID-19 cases to rise through June

Editor's Note Modeling suggests that COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths will rise through at least mid-June, as the Omicron subvariants BA.2 and BA.2.12.1 spread through the US, the May 31 Becker’s Hospital Review reports. Three COVID-19 forecasts to watch, include: Cases. Daily cases are projected to increase more than 84%…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 31, 2022
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FDA: Class I recall of Abbott’s Dragonfly OpStar Imaging Catheter

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 26 identified the recall of Abbott Medical’s Dragonfly OpStar Imaging Catheter as Class I, the most serious. Abbott is recalling certain lots of the imaging catheter because the marker band farthest from the catheter tip (proximal marker) may become loose…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 31, 2022
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UW Medicine conducting national clinical trial on inflatable tubular stent

Editor's Note Cardiologists at the University of Washington School of Medicine (UW Medicine) in Seattle, Washington, are participating in a national clinical trial to test a device designed to control bleeding if a vessel near the heart is inadvertently perforated during a catheter-based procedure, Healthcare Purchasing News May 26 reported.…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
May 26, 2022
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ECRI: 2022 winners of Alerts Impact Award

Editor's Note ECRI on May 25 announced the three winners and three finalists of its 2022 Alerts Impact Award for excellence in recall management. The annual award is given to those who have demonstrated strong success in implementing recall management programs in their healthcare organizations. The winners are: Eskenazi Health,…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 26, 2022
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The Joint Commission: Accelerate PI Dashboard Reports available

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on May 25 announced that refreshed Accelerate PI Dashboard Reports are available for accredited hospitals and critical access hospitals to provide updated performance measurement data on a select subset of quality measures. The Interim ORYX reports contain data through the second quarter of 2021, and…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 26, 2022
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Georgia becomes eighth state to go smoke-free

Editor's Note On May 9, Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia signed into law SB573, which requires the evacuation of smoke during plume-producing surgical procedures. The law states: “Each hospital and ambulatory surgical center shall adopt policies for the reduction of human exposure to surgical smoke.” Brenda Ulmer, MN, RN, CNOR,…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 25, 2022
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