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Applications, limitations of AI for fracture detection, classification

Editor's Note Preliminary experience in the automated detection and classification of fractures using artificial intelligence (AI) shows promise, and AI may enhance processing and communicating probabilistic tasks in orthopedic surgery, this study finds. For fracture detection, researchers compared the human findings in 10 studies with AI findings. In two studies,…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 9, 2019
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FDA: Class I recall of Edwards Lifesciences’ IntraClude Intra-Aortic Occlusion Device

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration on July 1 identified the recall by Edwards Lifesciences (Irvine, California) of its IntraClude Intra-Aortic Occlusion Device as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of a risk of balloon rupture during use in patients undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass. The company…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 9, 2019
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Study: EHR data limited in capture of patient outcomes, risk factors needed for risk adjustment

Editor's Note Retooling paper-based measures to electronic format for reporting performance measures can help reduce hospitals’ reporting burden. However, in this study by Joint Commission and State University of New York researchers, a simplified risk model using electronic health record (EHR) elements could not capture most risk factors in the…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 26, 2019
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CMS finalizes coverage policy for TAVR

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on June 21 issued final updates to its national coverage policy for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR). The update provides more flexibility in how centers meet volume requirements for performing TAVR, while emphasizing the importance of the heart team for…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 26, 2019
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FDA: Class I recall of Hudson RCI Sheridan, Sheridan Endotracheal Tubes

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration on June 21 identified the recall by Teleflex Medical (Wayne, Pennsylvania) of the Hudson RCI Sheridan and Sheridan Endotracheal Tubes as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of the risk of the Sheridan connector disconnecting from the breathing circuit.…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 25, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

Bling vs. Benefits: Key Considerations for New Technology Acquisition

After this session you'll be able to: Describe strategies to streamline purchasing considerations for new technology. Explain key components essential for clinical and business justification for purchasing of new cutting-edge technologies. Discuss common barriers and successful solutions for new technology purchases. Why this is important: Groundbreaking technologies are often multifaceted,…

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Effect of visible-light CED on microbial contamination, SSIs

Editor's Note A visible-light continuous environmental disinfection (CED) system, used with manual cleaning, resulted in a significant reduction in microbial surface contamination and surgical site infections (SSIs) in an orthopedic OR, in this study. Samples were taken from 25 surfaces within two contiguous ORs sharing an air supply after manual…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 20, 2019
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What if healthcare AI is the next asbestos?

Editor's Note At a precision medicine conference in Boston on June 18, Harvard Law School professor Jonathan Zittrain likened the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare to asbestos, saying: “it’s all over the place, even though at no point did you explicitly install it, and it has possibly some…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 20, 2019
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Joint Commission announces new NAHQ report on quality competencies

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on June 19 announced that the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) has issued a new report−“Key Workforce Competencies for Quality-Driven Healthcare”− that focuses on creating a new framework for competencies needed by healthcare organizations to meet new goals for quality-driven healthcare. Among the competencies:…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 19, 2019
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FDA: Class I recall of Cook Advance Enforcer 35 Focal-Force PTA Balloon Catheter

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration on June 18 identified the recall by Cook Incorporated (Bloomington, Indiana) of its Advance Enforcer 35 Focal-Force PTA Balloon Catheter 6 mm x 4 cm as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of multiple complaints of balloons bursting below…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 18, 2019
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Legal and ethical questions temper excitement about AI--Part 1

As part of a special series on artificial intelligence (AI), OR Manager is taking a deep dive into the many facets of this new technology and its impact on patient care. Part 1 and Part 2 of the introduction to AI (May 2019 and June 2019) defined types of AI…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
June 18, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

Increasing Engagement of Surgical Technologists: Tech it to the Next Level

After this session you'll be able to: Integrate shared governance methodology into practice to improve surgical technologist (ST) engagement. Identify the process to implement a ST committee. Describe novel approaches designed to improve ST participation and commitment. Why this is important: Engaged perioperative teams have better patient outcomes, higher levels…

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