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FDA: Metrix Company recalls certain lots of empty flexible IV bags

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration on September 10 posted the recall by the Metrix Company of Dubuque, Iowa, of specific lots of its empty IV flexible containers (bags) marketed under the Metrix Secure EVA Dual Chamber and Baxter ExactaMix names. The recall was initiated because of the potential…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 11, 2019
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FDA: Hospira recalls one lot of Bacteriostatic Water for Injection

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration on September 6 posted Hospira, Inc’s recall of one lot of Bacteriostatic Water for Injection, USP, 30 mL, multi-dose vials, lot W20308. The recall was initiated because of the potential for a lack of sterility assurance. To date, Hospira has not received any…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 10, 2019
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Robotic vs laparoscopic cholecystectomy

Editor's Note In this study, robotic cholecystectomy was associated with lesser lengths of stay and readmission rates than laparoscopic cholecystectomy. The robotic procedure also had greater operative duration and hospital costs. Of 3,255 patients who had cholecystectomy during the study period, the researchers matched 106 robotic and 1,060 laparoscopic cases.…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 5, 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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EHR efficiency, usability, stress differ by physician gender

Editor's Note There are gender differences in how physicians perceive EHR-related stress, satisfaction, and usability, finds this study. Of 25 ICU physicians who participated in the study, 48% were men and 52% were women. Overall task performance scores were similar, but men reported significantly higher perceived EHR workload stress and…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 3, 2019
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The Apex of Procedure Documentation: Revolutionizing Via Intelligent Features and the Cloud presented by Provation®

After this session you’ll be able to: Describe functionalities and benefits of cloud-based procedure documentation. , Explain how intelligent features can positively impact operations in your surgical suite., Implement peer-to-peer discussion about the future of intelligent multispecialty procedure documentation. , Why this is important: How can you use intelligent features…

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Sentara uses AI-based tool to predict sepsis

Editor's Note Sentara Healthcare (Norfolk, Virginia) is using a sepsis prediction tool to help alert physicians and nurses when a patient is at risk of developing the infection, the August 26 Reading Eagle reports. The tool uses artificial intelligence (AI) to run some 4,500 pieces of patient data through an…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 28, 2019
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Machine learning algorithm predicts bleeding during CABG surgery

Editor's Note A machine learning algorithm based on data from the American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry accurately identified patients at risk for bleeding during or after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery, the August 23 Health IT Analytics reports. Researchers developed the platform using a risk spectrum…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 27, 2019
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FDA: Class I recall of Vyaire Medical enFlow fluid warming disposable cartridge

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on August 21 identified Medline Industries’ recall of Centurion Medical Products’ Primary Warmer Pack containing the Vyaire Medical enFlow fluid warming system disposable cartridge as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because the cartridge may elute aluminum into infused…

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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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FDA: Class I recall of Edwards Lifesciences SAPIEN 3 Ultra Delivery System

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration on August 22 identified the recall by Edwards Lifesciences of all lots of its SAPIEN 3 Ultra Delivery System as Class I, the most serious. The delivery system is part of the Edwards SAPIEN 3 Transcatheter Heart Valve System. The recall was initiated…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 22, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

Making the Business Case for Technology Acquisitions: Solving the Puzzle to Ensure Success

After this session you’ll be able to: Describe three components for preparing for an acquisition of new equipment., Discuss components of a meaningful business case. , Identify strategies to successfully integrate technology into your OR., Why this is important: OR leaders are tasked with retaining staff, growing volume, and improving…

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