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Boston Scientific receives FDA clearance for single-use duodenoscope

Editor's Note Boston Scientific announced December 13 that it had received Food & Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for the EXALT Model D Single-Use Duodenoscope for use in endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) procedures. The EXALT Model D, which was granted Breakthrough Device Designation from the FDA, eliminates the need for…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 17, 2019
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FDA: Medtronic recalls SynchroMed II implantable drug infusion pump

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on December 16 announced that Medtronic has recalled its SynchroMed II implantable infusion pump. The pump is being recalled because of the potential presence of foreign particles inside the pump motor assembly that may lead to a pump motor stall. Medtronic has…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 16, 2019
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AI and surgical decision making

Editor's Note Integrating artificial intelligence (AI) with surgical decision making could transform care by augmenting the decision to perform surgery, informed consent process, identification and mitigation of modifiable risk factors, decisions on postoperative management, and shared decision for resource use, this review finds. Surgical decision making involves hypothetical-deductive reasoning, individual…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 11, 2019
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AI helps physicians identify cancer cells

Editor's Note Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas have developed a new software tool that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to recognize cancer cells from digital pathology images, a December 9 UT Southwestern news release reports. The spatial distribution of different types of cells can reveal a cancer’s growth…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 11, 2019
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UC San Diego opens new Center for Fluorescence-Guided Surgery

Editor's Note The Center for Fluorescence-Guided Surgery at UC San Diego Health is the first in the country dedicated to delivering a new caliber of surgical accuracy that allows surgeons to identify cancerous or critical tissues with GPS-like precision by lighting them up, the December 5 UC San Diego Health…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 9, 2019
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Joint Commission: Password reset coming for single sign-on access to website

Editor's Note: The Joint Commission announced on December 4 that it will soon unveil a new website design with a single sign-on for multiple sites, including Joint Commission Connect, Targeted Solutions tool, and the Joint Commission Resources webstore. When the new website launches, users will be prompted to reset their…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 5, 2019
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GE Healthcare introduces new AI, imaging systems

Editor's Note GE Healthcare introduced the newest advancements in its Edison artificial intelligence (AI) programs and new imaging systems at the Radiological Society of North America’s annual meeting, the December 2 AuntMinnie.com reports. GE designed the Edison Open AI Orchestrator to simplify AI implementation and support of multiple AI applications…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 4, 2019
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AI algorithms predict mortality after traumatic brain injury

Editor's Note Two artificial intelligence-based algorithms predicted the probability of a patient dying in the ICU within 30 days of traumatic brain injury with accuracies up to 81% and 84%, in this study from Finland. The first algorithm is based on objective monitor data, and the second one includes data…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 3, 2019
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FDA: B. Braun recalls blood administration sets

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on November 26 announced a voluntary recall by B. Braun Medical (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) of 22 lots of blood administration sets. The recall was initiated because of the potential for leakage at the joint between the blood filters and tubing. This could force…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 3, 2019
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Data-use practices linked to successful implementation of ERPs

Editor's Note In this study, the most important data-use practice associated with successful implementation of enhanced recovery pathways (ERPs) was data feedback to frontline providers of process and outcome measures. Of 140 hospitals analyzed, 52% reported previous ERP implementation, with wide variations in data-use practices. Feedback of process and outcome…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 2, 2019
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