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ACS NSQIP risk calculator predicts four outcomes for geriatric surgical patients

Editor's Note The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) Surgical Risk Calculator accurately predicted four quality-of-life outcomes that transcend traditional measures of successful surgery and now reflects the expected effects of surgery on an older patient’s ability to function independently, finds this study presented October…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 5, 2019
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FDA clears Heartvista’s AI-assisted cardiac MRI tool

Editor's Note Heartvista (Los Altos, California) has obtained clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its artificial intelligence (AI)-assisted One Click autonomous MRI acquisition software for cardiac ischemia exams, the October 30 BioWorld MedTech reports. Integrated with existing MRI scanners, the software uses AI to guide image acquisition,…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 5, 2019
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FDA: ICU Medical recalls Lactated Ringer’s Injection, 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration on October 30 announced the nationwide recall by ICU Medical (San Clemente, California) of one lot of Lactated Ringer’s Injection, USP, and one lot of 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection because of the presence of particulate matter. The affected lot numbers are: Lactated Ringer’s…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 4, 2019
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Joint Commission: Deadline approaching for submission of CY 2019 eCQM data

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on October 29 announced that the deadline for onboarding to the Direct Data Submission (DDS) Platform for submission of CY 2019 electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) is December 20. Organizations that submitted CY 2018 eCQMs through the DDS Platform do not need to be onboarded…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 31, 2019
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FDA: Class I recall of Ethicon Echelon Flex Endopath staplers

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration on October 30 identified the recall by Ethicon of its Echelon Flex Endopath staplers as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of failure of the staplers to completely form staples. As of October 3, 2019, seven serious injuries and one…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 30, 2019
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FDA of device shortages because of sterilization facility closures

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on October 25 released a statement warning of possible device shortages because of interruptions in ethylene oxide (EO) sterilization services due to facility closures in Illinois and Georgia. In the statement, the acting FDA Commissioner, Ned Sharpless, noted that “at this time…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 29, 2019
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Can machine learning predict 6-month mortality in cancer patients?

Editor's Note In this study, machine learning algorithms accurately identified cancer patients who were at risk of 6-month mortality. Of 26,525 cancer patients analyzed, machine learning models based on structured electronic health record data accurately predicted short-term mortality risk with good discrimination and positive predictive value. When the gradient boosting…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 28, 2019
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Radiologist, AI combination improves breast cancer detection

Editor's Note An artificial intelligence (AI) model was able to detect breast cancer with nearly 90% accuracy when combined with analysis from radiologists, the October 18 Health IT Analytics reports. Researchers from New York University Schools of Medicine and Data Science developed the model to first consider small patches of…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 21, 2019
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Proactive steps paramount for greater surgical stapler safety

Internal surgical staplers made headline news in 2019. Reports discussed the little-known US Food and Drug Administration database housing tens of thousands of stapler-related problem reports and covered the agency’s recent proposal to reclassify staplers as Class II devices, instead of the more lightly regulated Class I. ECRI Institute named…

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By: OR Manager
October 21, 2019
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Robotic-arm assisted TKA: A growing and promising technology

  Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is a highly effective treatment for end-stage degenerative joint disease and has helped patients regain functional mobility with reduced pain and improved quality of life. Every year, almost 700,000 primary TKA procedures are performed in the US.1 This number is expected to grow to 3.48…

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By: Kevin Barga, MS, RN, CCRP
October 21, 2019
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