Safety/Quality

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July 2019
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Study: Healthcare workers often care for patients while ill themselves

Editor's Note Large numbers of healthcare workers go to work with symptoms of cold, flu, and other acute respiratory illnesses, this study finds. In this survey of healthcare workers from nine Canadian hospitals during four influenza seasons, 94.6% reported working while sick with an acute respiratory illness, most often because…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 18, 2019
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FDA: Class I recall of Cook Advance Enforcer 35 Focal-Force PTA Balloon Catheter

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration on June 18 identified the recall by Cook Incorporated (Bloomington, Indiana) of its Advance Enforcer 35 Focal-Force PTA Balloon Catheter 6 mm x 4 cm as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of multiple complaints of balloons bursting below…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 18, 2019
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Legal and ethical questions temper excitement about AI--Part 1

As part of a special series on artificial intelligence (AI), OR Manager is taking a deep dive into the many facets of this new technology and its impact on patient care. Part 1 and Part 2 of the introduction to AI (May 2019 and June 2019) defined types of AI…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
June 18, 2019
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Partner with IT to produce the highest quality data

“What we have right now, quite frankly, in healthcare are islands—visible islands of excellence in a sea of invisible failures, with risk lurking just below the waterline. We need to widen those islands of excellence. We need to connect these islands with more dry land. We need to address these…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
June 18, 2019
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Editorial

The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Hospital Safety Grade Report shows some progress in patient safety: an estimated 160,000 avoidable deaths nationwide, down from 205,000 in 2016. But 160,000 is a large number. “There’s still a lot of needless death and harm in American hospitals,” says Leah Binder, Leapfrog’s president and…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
June 18, 2019
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New technology tracks blood loss, reduces transfusions

Blood loss during labor and delivery (L&D) and surgical procedures can lead to serious complications that might be prevented with early detection; however, detection can be challenging. For example, clinicians have traditionally estimated blood loss visually—a subjective and often inaccurate process. Humans’ eyes simply aren’t good at making precise measurements,…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
June 18, 2019
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Interactive surgical playbook expands OR team synergy

OR leaders spend much of their day ensuring the surgery schedule runs smoothly, a task that depends on the teams within each of the ORs. Highly functioning teams produce optimal results, including good patient outcomes, satisfied surgeons, and efficient use of resources. But developing a highly functional team with good…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
June 18, 2019
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Staff input enriches labor benchmarking data

Labor is the most important resource in an OR and must be used effectively to maintain the financial health of an organization and the well-being of patients. “OR leaders need data tools to manage their labor dollars. How do you know if you are doing it well?” asks Sharon Ulep,…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
June 18, 2019
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Variation in physicians’ EHR documentation linked to patient safety

Editor's Note Physician-to-physician variation in electronic health record (EHR) documentation could result in patient harm and clinical inefficiencies, this study finds. The study by University of Michigan researchers included EHR data from 170,332 encounters led by 809 physicians in 237 practices and interviews with 40 physicians in 10 practices. The…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 17, 2019
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CDC investigating sepsis cases after platelet transfusions

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced June 14 in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that four hospital patients developed sepsis after receiving platelet transfusions contaminated with bacteria. The CDC found that the platelets contained Acinetobacter calcoaceticus-baumannii complex and Staphylococcus saprophyticus. The agency is still…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 17, 2019
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