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March 2024
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Unveiling ECRI’s 2024 top 10 health technology hazards list

What is the purpose of the top 10 health technology hazards list, released every year by ECRI? “Our number one goal at ECRI is to reduce preventable harm,” stresses Jason Launders, MSC, former director of operations, device evaluation, at ECRI. “We know that every healthcare provider has a lot they…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
February 27, 2024
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Why OR leaders should revisit sterile processing basics

Sterile Processing Department (SPD) managers and technicians know a thing or two about pressure. In a recent webinar covering sterile processing basics, Cori L. Ofstead, MSPH, president and CEO of Ofstead & Associates, Inc, and Abby Smart, MPH, research associate, cited the example of a 480-bed hospital that performed 13,650…

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By: Uyen Vo, BSN, MBA
February 27, 2024
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Breaking down the surgical gown: Disposable versus reusable, latest innovations

There is movement happening in the world of surgical gowns. It is driven in part by the COVID-19 pandemic, which brought new focus to the need for adequate stockpiles of personal protective equipment (PPE)—and for PPE that works as intended. Staff need to know their gowns incorporate the latest technology…

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By: Brita Belli
February 17, 2024
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Studies link bacteria from long nurse fingernails to lethal infections in infants

Editor's Note Without proper nail care, proper handwashing might not be enough to prevent infection and death among infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). That’s according to a February 8 report from nurse.org, which drove home the importance of following hygiene protocols by highlighting real-world evidence confirming the…

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By: Matt Danford
February 15, 2024
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Iodine povacrylex outperforms chlorhexidine in skin antisepsis alcohol solution study

Editor's Note A recent study shows show skin antisepsis with iodine povacrylex in alcohol could result in fewer surgical-site infections among patients with closed extremity fractures than antisepsis with chlorhexidine gluconate in alcohol. Published February 1 in the New England Journal of Medicine, the study shows similar results between the…

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By: Matt Danford
February 13, 2024
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FDA announces urgent chest drain recall

Editor's Note The FDA has announced a recall of the Atrium Express Dry Suction Dry Seal Chest Drain, a disposable device used to remove air and/or fluid from the chest cavity or mediastinum and to aid in lung expansion and breathing. The drain is being recalled by maker Maquet Cardiovascular,…

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By: Brita Belli
February 9, 2024
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Session: What to expect from healthcare policy, regulation in 2024

Editor's Note Since the pandemic, the view of the healthcare industry in congress has essentially gone from “hero to zero” – a shift with potentially big implications for the healthcare business leaders gathered at yesterday’s closing session from Soumi Saha, PharmD, JD, senior vice president of government affairs at Premier…

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By: Matt Danford
February 8, 2024
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Session: Fast-forward—ECRI’s top 10 health technology hazards

Editor's Note ECRI, an independent, nonprofit organization that aims to improve the safety, quality, and cost-effectiveness of care across all healthcare settings, every year compiles and unveils a list of the top 10 technology hazards affecting patient care. The motivation for producing this list, according to Jason Launders, director of…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
February 5, 2024
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FDA updates safety recall of certain saline, sterile water medical products

Editor's Note The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on January 24 updated its safety recall communication from November 6 to add to the voluntary recalls of saline and sterile water medical products associated with Nurse Assist, LLC. The FDA recall notice lists various water-based medical products manufactured by Nurse…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
January 31, 2024
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Surgeons design implant coating to combat infections

Editor's Note: A point-of-care, antimicrobial coating for orthopedic implants could soon make implant-associated infections a problem of the past, UCLA Health reported on January 3. Developed by two UCLA surgeons, the coating is designed to kill or slow the spread of micro-organisms in order to prevent post-surgical infections. According to…

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By: Matt Danford
January 24, 2024
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