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October 2022
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FDA: Class I recall of Baxter Clearlink Basic Solution Set with Duovent

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on September 15 identified Baxter Healthcare Corporation’s recall of its ClearLink Basic Solution Set with Duovent as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of the risk for leaks that may expose providers and patients to hazardous toxic substances…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 19, 2022
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The Joint Commission announces review of certain standards, requirements

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced on September 13 that it is reviewing its standards and requirements that go beyond the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) conditions of participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs to determine whether some should be permanently retired. “As the [COVID-19 public health…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
September 15, 2022
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Anesthesiologist staffing ratio tied to mortality, morbidity

Editor's Note This study from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, finds that overlapping clinical responsibilities of a supervising anesthesiologist are associated with increased surgical patient mortality and morbidity. A total of 578,815 adult surgical patients from 23 US academic and private hospitals were included in the analysis. The patients…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 15, 2022
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ECRI, ISMP support World Patient Safety Day, September 17

Editor's Note ECRI and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) announced September 14 that they are joining the World Health Organization and healthcare leaders around the world in celebrating World Patient Safety Day on September 17, 2022. The slogan for this year’s campaign is “Medication without Harm.” In support…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 15, 2022
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Effects of COVID-19 on mental health, coping strategies of residents

Editor's Note In this survey of surgical, internal medicine, emergency medicine, and psychiatry residents by researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt College of Medicine, Boca Rotan, residents reported having effective coping strategies during the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 59 residents completed the survey. Results showed…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 15, 2022
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AORN: New Guideline for Processing Flexible Endoscopes recommends drying cabinets

Editor's Note The recently revised “Guideline for Processing Flexible Endoscopes” recommends that flexible endoscopes be stored in drying cabinets, the September 14 Periop Today reports. The explanation for this new recommendation includes: Optimal storage facilitates drying and decreases the potential for contamination. Studies on drying cabinets, which circulate HEPA-filtered air…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 15, 2022
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NIH launches program to expand the use of artificial intelligence

Over four years the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will invest $130 million in order to accelerate the use of artificial intelligence in biomedical and behavioral research communities, Healthcare Purchasing News September 14 reported. To generate tools, resources, and richly detailed data that is responsive to AI approaches, the NIH…

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By: Lauren McCaffrey
September 14, 2022
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Study: Long-COVID-19 olfactory dysfunction may become permanent

Editor's Note In this study from Brazil, researchers find that olfactory dysfunction (ie, reduced or distorted ability to smell during sniffing or eating) in patients with long COVID-19 may persist for more than 1 year and may become permanent. Of 219 patients (164 [74.9%] women) with long COVID-19 and neurologic…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 14, 2022
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FDA: Class I recall of Medtronic Xomed NIM Contact, NIM Standard Reinforced EMG Endotracheal Tubes

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration on September 12 identified the recall by Medtronic Xomed of its NIM Contact Reinforced EMG Endotracheal Tube and NIM Standard Reinforced EMG Endotracheal Tube as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated after Medtronic Xomed received customer complaints about obstruction of…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 14, 2022
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The Joint Commission releases new sentinel event data

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on September 7 released sentinel event data for the first 6 months of 2022. Of 832 events reviewed this year from January 1 to June 30, the top 10 most frequently reported were: Falls—199 Unintended retention of foreign objects—30 Suicides—26 Delays in treatment—25 Wrong surgery—19…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 13, 2022
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