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July 2019
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CMS penalty program not linked to hospital safety improvements

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) hospital penalization in the Hospital Acquired Condition Reduction Program (HACRP) was not associated with significant changes in rates of hospital acquired conditions (HACs), 30-day readmissions, or 30-day mortality and does not appear to drive meaningful clinical improvements, this study finds.…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 11, 2019
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HHS forms group to streamline quality programs

Editor's Note The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on July 9 that it has formed a summit of key industry stakeholders and government leaders to provide insight as the Trump administration seeks to streamline, improve, and align measures used across federal healthcare quality programs. The Quality Summit,…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 11, 2019
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Sleep disorders linked to more healthcare visits, higher costs for back pain

Editor's Note Many patients with low back pain also have sleep disorders, which are linked to more healthcare visits and higher costs for back pain treatment, this study finds. In this analysis of 757 patients with low back pain attending self-management classes at a US military hospital, 195 had a…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 10, 2019
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Applications, limitations of AI for fracture detection, classification

Editor's Note Preliminary experience in the automated detection and classification of fractures using artificial intelligence (AI) shows promise, and AI may enhance processing and communicating probabilistic tasks in orthopedic surgery, this study finds. For fracture detection, researchers compared the human findings in 10 studies with AI findings. In two studies,…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 9, 2019
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FDA: Class I recall of Edwards Lifesciences’ IntraClude Intra-Aortic Occlusion Device

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration on July 1 identified the recall by Edwards Lifesciences (Irvine, California) of its IntraClude Intra-Aortic Occlusion Device as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of a risk of balloon rupture during use in patients undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass. The company…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 9, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

Lights, Camera, Action! An RCA Recast Safety Simulation

After this session you'll be able to: Describe two patient safety tools used to investigate a safety event. Discuss the importance of obtaining different perspectives of a safety event. Analyze a safety event utilizing patient safety tools. Why this is important: Root cause analysis (RCA) is a systematic approach to…

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Preop opioid, benzodiazepine use linked to postop mortality, opioid consumption

Editor's Note Use of opioids and benzodiazepines 6 months before surgery was associated with increased short- and long-term mortality and an increased rate of persistent postoperative opioid consumption, this study finds. In this analysis of 41,170 noncardiac surgical cases in 27,787 patients in Iceland, preoperative prescriptions for opioids only were…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 27, 2019
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Predictive model for determining LOS after total hip

Editor's Note In this study, a predictive model that can help identify patients at higher odds for not requiring a prolonged hospital length of stay (LOS) after total hip arthroplasty was developed and validated and a point-based calculator was designed. The calculator included nine variables: age, opioid use, metabolic equivalents…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 27, 2019
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Outpatient surgery occupies big stage at OR Manager Conference

Editor's Note Ambulatory surgery center (ASC) administrators and managers trying to keep pace with the rapid growth in their facilities will not want to miss the robust outpatient surgery education offered at the 2019 OR Manager Conference. On Tuesday, September 17, Beverly Kirchner, BSN, RN, CNOR, CASC, chief compliance officer…

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By: ewood@accessintel.com
June 27, 2019
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Influence of age, weight on oxygenation impairment during anesthesia

Editor's Note Oxygenation was impaired by anesthesia more often in patients with greater age or body mass index, this study finds. This retrospective analysis of data from two hospitals found key contributors to impaired oxygenation were low ventilation/perfusion ratios because of airway narrowing and closure in the elderly and atelectasis-induced…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 27, 2019
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Study: EHR data limited in capture of patient outcomes, risk factors needed for risk adjustment

Editor's Note Retooling paper-based measures to electronic format for reporting performance measures can help reduce hospitals’ reporting burden. However, in this study by Joint Commission and State University of New York researchers, a simplified risk model using electronic health record (EHR) elements could not capture most risk factors in the…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 26, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

ASC Safety Begins With Preadmission and Patient Selection

After this session you'll be able to: Define the role of the preadmission department ? what it is and what it is not. Develop criteria for patient selection based on available resources to mitigate your organizational risk. Describe how a solid preadmission and patient selection process can provide an essential…

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