Safety/Quality

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FDA: Class I recall of Aligned Medical Solutions custom convenience kits

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on November 9, identified the recall by Aligned Medical Solutions of its custom convenience kits as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of the potential for the plunger in Cardinal Health's Monoject Flush Prefilled Syringe (0.9% sodium chloride),…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 11, 2021
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Participate in survey on effects of COVID-19 on evacuation of surgical smoke

Editor's Note Please participate in an important nationwide perioperative survey on surgical smoke evacuation. The purpose of the research led by Brenda Ulmer MN, RN, CNOR, is to determine evacuation behaviors in hospitals before COVID-19, and then note changes as the virus continued to spread in the US. Ulmer and…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 10, 2021
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The Joint Commission issues new Sentinel Event Alert on healthcare disparities

Editor's Note The Joint Commission, on November 10, released a new Sentinel Event Alert, Issue 64: “Addressing healthcare disparities by improving quality and safety.” The Alert summarizes strategies for healthcare and human services organizations as they begin to address healthcare disparities, and it provides examples of successful initiatives already underway.…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 10, 2021
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Perioperative Nurses Week is November 14 to 20

Editor's Note Every year, Perioperative Nurses Week focuses attention on the work of more than 528,000 nurses who advocate for surgical patients. During the week, perioperative nurses are honored by colleagues and communities, highlighting the ways nurses are working to improve patient safety−before, during, and after surgery−in hospitals, ambulatory surgery…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 9, 2021
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Study: Impact of virtual school on COVID-19 community incidence, mortality

Editor's Note This study, led by researchers at the University of Utah Health, Salt Lake City, and the VA Boston Healthcare System, finds no difference in COVID-19 rates between counties where school was held in-person and those that had virtual school, except in the South. Researchers analyzed data from 895…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 4, 2021
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CDC recommends Pfizer/BioNTech pediatric COVID-19 vaccine

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on November 2, recommended broad use of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. Distribution of the vaccine to clinics, children’s hospitals, and pediatricians’ offices across the country have started, with plans to scale up to full…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 4, 2021
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Durability of antibodies after COVID-19 vaccination in HCWs with, without prior infection

Editor's Note This study from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, finds that healthcare workers (HCWs) with prior COVID-19 infection followed by 2 doses of an mRNA vaccine developed higher spike antibody measurements than HCWs with vaccination alone. Of 1,960 HCWs analyzed, 73 (3.7%) had evidence of previous COVID-19 infection. Among those,…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 4, 2021
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CMS: COVID-19 vaccine mandates for Medicare providers

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), on Novermber 4, released regulations that will require Medicare-participating providers to ensure their staff members are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. CMS says: “Facilities covered by this regulation must establish a policy ensuring all eligible staff have received the first dose…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 4, 2021
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FDA investigating imported surgical, exam gloves

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on September 29, announced that healthcare facilities and providers should not purchase or use imported surgical and patient examination gloves from companies included on Import Alert 80-04. Companies are listed on an import alert when the FDA has enough evidence that they…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 3, 2021
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No association of COVID-19 with meeting time-to-surgery benchmarks for orthopedic trauma patients

Editor's Note This study, led by researchers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire, finds that despite the challenges associated with COVID-19, many US hospital systems were able to implement strategies in keeping with time-to-surgery standards for orthopedic trauma patients. Of 3,589 patients from 20 sites in the US and…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 1, 2021
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