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September 2019

9/11 World Trade Center exposure linked to long-term CVD risk in firefighters

Editor's Note In this study, a significant association was found between exposure to World Trade Center dust and long-term cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in firefighters. Of 9,796 firefighters analyzed, those who arrived first at the World Trade Center when dust was the thickest were found to have a 44% increased…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 9, 2019
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FDA sets meeting to discuss EO sterilization

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced September 4 that it will hold a Medical Devices Advisory Committee Meeting in November to discuss ethylene oxide (EO) sterilization of medical devices, including methods to reduce EO emissions. The committee also will provide recommendations on reducing infection risks from reprocessed…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 5, 2019
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Is it safe to let residents independently perform appendectomies?

Editor's Note Senior surgical residents can safely supervise junior residents performing appendectomies, and training programs should encourage faculty to let senior residents manage operative appendicitis as independently as possible as well as supervise junior residents intraoperatively, this study finds. In this review of 928 appendectomies performed at the University of…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 29, 2019
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Surgical smoke exposure in OR personnel

Editor's Note This review article finds that surgical smoke is dangerous, but the severity of the risk has yet to be been determined. Therefore, no safe level is known. Though numerous studies have been performed on the chemical composition of surgical smoke, the components remain unclear. The variability is likely…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 26, 2019
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Inspections reveal need to overhaul bronchoscope reprocessing methods

Extensive research by Cori L. Ofstead, MSPH, and her colleagues at Ofstead & Associates (St Paul, Minnesota) has raised concerns about insufficient reprocessing of gastrointestinal endoscopes and ureteroscopes—even when recommended practices are followed—and their new study makes a compelling case for more stringent reprocessing of bronchoscopes as well. In their…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
August 23, 2019
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Proactive policies help protect staff from bloodborne pathogen exposure

Healthcare workers are at risk for bloodborne pathogen exposures in areas ranging from the clinic to the OR—both inpatient and outpatient settings. Such exposures not only cause anxiety, they cost an estimated $3,000 to $5,000 per exposure for things such as baseline and follow-up laboratory testing, treatment of exposed personnel,…

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By: Amy L. Bethel, MPA, RN, NE-BC
August 23, 2019
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Effect of state legislation in Florida on opioid prescriptions after outpatient surgery

Editor's Note Opioid prescriptions for patients having common outpatient surgical procedures at a large university hospital in Florida were substantially reduced within 6 months after implementation of state legislation limiting the duration of opioid prescriptions, this study finds. Of 1,467 surgical patients included in the study: The proportion receiving opioid…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 22, 2019
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Is disruptive behavior inherent to the surgeon or environment?

Editor's Note Unclear policies and urgent competing responsibilities in the OR create stress, suggesting that the environment is the primary contributor to disruptive behavior by the surgeon, this study finds. Of 314 reports of disruptive behavior from surgical, medical, and other specialties, which included both the reporter account and involved…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 21, 2019
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New calculator predicts outcomes for metabolic, bariatric surgery patients

Editor's Note A new surgical risk/benefit calculator that can predict a bariatric/metabolic patient’s possibility of postoperative remission at 1 year for five weight-related comorbidities will soon be released by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), the American College of Surgeons (ACS) announced on August 20.…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 21, 2019
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Effect of hospital move to all private rooms on healthcare-associated infections

Editor's Note The move to a new hospital with all single-patient rooms was associated with an immediate and durable reduction in the rates of nosocomial vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) colonization as well as VRE infections, but not in  the rates of nosocomial Clostridioides difficile (CDI) or…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 19, 2019
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