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The Joint Commission issues new Quick Safety on cybersecurity

  Editor's Note The Joint Commission, on October 20, announced a new Quick Safety—“Organization-wide cybersecurity: Creating a culture of defense.” Cybersecurity can no longer be viewed as just the province of the IT department. It must be the responsibility of all staff that have access to digital information, electronic health…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 25, 2021
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FDA: Class I recall of Imperative Care ZOOM 71 Reperfusion Catheter

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on October 6 identified the recall by Imperative Care Inc of its ZOOM 71 Reperfusion Catheter as Class I, the most serious. The ZOOM 71 Reperfusion Catheter is used to remove blood clots from a patient’s brain within 8 hours of an…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 12, 2021
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The Joint Commission using hybrid survey for document review

Editor's Note The Joint Commission, on October 6, announced that it has begun using a hybrid approach with a document review surveyor during deemed hospital re-accreditation surveys meeting eligibility criteria, primarily a fully electronic health record (EHR). The hybrid approach consists of a surveyor working remotely (via Zoom or Microsoft…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 7, 2021
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Back table UV light decreases environmental contamination

Editor's Note In this study, researchers from Colorado Joint Replacement, Denver, find that a back table ultraviolet light (UV) decreases environmental contamination near the operative field, which may lead to a decrease in joint infections. Either a back table germicidal UV light-emitting diode or a sham device was used during…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 7, 2021
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ECRI announces winners of annual supply chain award

Editor's Note ECRI, on October 6, announced the winners of its tenth annual Healthcare Supply Chain Achievement Award. This year, ECRI recognizes 12 US healthcare systems for achieving excellence in overall spend management and adopting best practice solutions into their supply chain process. The winners are: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 7, 2021
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FDA: Class I recall of Amsorb Plus used to absorb carbon dioxide in anesthesia machines

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on September 23, identified the recall by Armstrong Medical of certain lots of its Amsorb Plus Prefilled G-Can 1.0L canisters as Class I, the most serious. Amsorb Plus is a chemical substance used in anesthesia machines to absorb carbon dioxide the patient…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 5, 2021
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ECRI partners with FDA on safety of materials in medical devices

Editor's Note ECRI, on September 30, announced a new partnership with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to improve the safety of medical devices through the use of safer materials. ECRI is developing safety reports for materials commonly used in implantable medical devices and assessing their possible effects on patients…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 1, 2021
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FDA: Class I recall of Medtronic Pipeline Flex Embolization devices

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on September 20, identified Medtronic’s recall of its Pipeline Flex Embolization Device and Pipeline Flex Embolization Device with Shield Technology as Class I, the most serious. The devices, which are used to treat brain aneurysms, were recalled because there is a risk…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 21, 2021
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How might telehealth alter approaches to surgical patient care?

Telehealth services grew exponentially in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall telehealth utilization for office visits and outpatient care was 78 times higher in April 2020 than in February 2020, according to a McKinsey & Company July 2021 report. Since then, telehealth utilization has stabilized at levels that…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
September 21, 2021
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FDA: Class I recall of Normoflo irrigation fluid warmers, warming sets

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on September 15 identified the recall of Smiths Medical Normoflo irrigation fluid warmers and warming sets as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of the potential for aluminum ions leaching into warmed fluids, potentially exposing patients to high…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 16, 2021
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