Patient Safety

Latest Issue of OR Manager
December 2021
Home Safety/Quality > Patient Safety

Excellence in staff and patient safety using standardization

Last month, OR leaders convened for the 2021 OR Manager Conference in Chicago. The last 18 months have radically transformed healthcare delivery in the US, but many of the underlying challenges faced by hospitals and health systems before the pandemic remain unchanged. Despite the impact of COVID-19, attendees still grappled…

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By: Sam Sullivan, RN, CNOR
November 17, 2021
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Quality monitoring for decontamination process

The foundation of sterilization is cleaning. How can we be sure that the mechanical cleaning equipment being used is producing clean medical devices? There are methods available to verify that the mechanical equipment used to clean medical devices is functioning appropriately. ANSI/AAMI ST79:2017 Comprehensive guide to steam sterilization and sterility…

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By: Michael Besedick, MS and Kartik Bhatt, MPH
November 17, 2021
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Patient safety and the “Internet of Medical Things (IoMT)”

With all of the advantages that come from electronic health records and connected devices, some distinct security risks also exist. Healthcare is seeing these risks grow in the form of ransomware, phishing attacks, and cybersecurity breaches. Healthcare has become one of the industries most vulnerable to cyberattacks, and one with…

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By: Karen Stockdale, MBA, BSN, RN
November 17, 2021
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The new year is just around the corner, and it will bring new challenges for OR leaders as well as fresh opportunities to improve clinical, financial, and operational performance. The typical surgery department is a “target-rich environment”: low utilization, long turnover times, inefficient charge capture, poor documentation, high supply costs,…

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By: Michael Besedick, MS and Kartik Bhatt, MPH
November 17, 2021
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Long COVID-19 symptoms may have other causes

Editor's Note This study from France finds that persistent physical symptoms after COVID-19 infection should not be automatically ascribed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. In this analysis of 26,823 adults, persistent physical symptoms (eg, fatigue, breathlessness, impaired attention, hearing impairment, sleep problems, anosmia) were reported by adults who said they believed…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 16, 2021
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Study: COVID-19 patients on SSRI antidepressants less likely to die

Editor's Note This study from the University of California San Francisco-Stanford finds that COVID-19 patients taking SSRI antidepressants, particularly fluoxetine, were significantly less likely to die from the disease. The research team analyzed electronic health records (EHRs) from 87 healthcare centers across the US. Of 83,584 adult patients diagnosed with…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 16, 2021
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Sleep disorders linked to more severe COVID-19 outcomes

Editor's Note In this study, Cleveland Clinic researchers find that patients with certain sleep disorders have more severe outcomes from COVID-19. The analysis included 5,402 patients. Although patients with sleep-disordered breathing and sleep-related hypoxia did not have an increased risk of developing COVID-19, they had a worse clinical prognosis from…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 15, 2021
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Cleveland Clinic mandates COVID-19 vaccinations for US employees

Editor's Note Cleveland Clinic, on November 12, announced that it is requiring all US employees and those who provide services with Cleveland Clinic to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by January 4, 2022. In accordance with federal mandates from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, employees who are not fully…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 15, 2021
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Vaccination status and detection of COVID-19 in HCWs

Editor's Note This study by researchers from VA Boston and VA Bedford, Massachusetts, Healthcare Systems, found that frequent, mandatory surveillance of vaccinated healthcare workers (HCWs) was effective in detecting COVID-19 infections. The analysis included all 431 HCWs at VA Boston and 1,542 HCWs at VA Bedford facilities. Mandatory surveillance testing…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 11, 2021
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ECRI, ISMP announce 2021 Safety Excellence Award winner

Editor's Note ECRI and its affiliate, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), on November 10, announced that Philadelphia-based Jefferson Health had won their 2021 Safety Excellence Award. Jefferson Health’s award-winning initiative redirected their safety approach from departmental/project-based to a system-wide integrated and coordinated safety management system across 18 hospitals.…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 11, 2021
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