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Partner with IT to produce the highest quality data

“What we have right now, quite frankly, in healthcare are islands—visible islands of excellence in a sea of invisible failures, with risk lurking just below the waterline. We need to widen those islands of excellence. We need to connect these islands with more dry land. We need to address these…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
June 18, 2019
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New technology tracks blood loss, reduces transfusions

Blood loss during labor and delivery (L&D) and surgical procedures can lead to serious complications that might be prevented with early detection; however, detection can be challenging. For example, clinicians have traditionally estimated blood loss visually—a subjective and often inaccurate process. Humans’ eyes simply aren’t good at making precise measurements,…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
June 18, 2019
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Interactive surgical playbook expands OR team synergy

OR leaders spend much of their day ensuring the surgery schedule runs smoothly, a task that depends on the teams within each of the ORs. Highly functioning teams produce optimal results, including good patient outcomes, satisfied surgeons, and efficient use of resources. But developing a highly functional team with good…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
June 18, 2019
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Variation in physicians’ EHR documentation linked to patient safety

Editor's Note Physician-to-physician variation in electronic health record (EHR) documentation could result in patient harm and clinical inefficiencies, this study finds. The study by University of Michigan researchers included EHR data from 170,332 encounters led by 809 physicians in 237 practices and interviews with 40 physicians in 10 practices. The…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 17, 2019
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FDA panel recommends reclassification of surgical staplers to Class II

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration’s General and Plastic Surgery Devices Advisory Committee on May 30 recommended that surgical staplers be reclassified from Class I to Class II devices. This would add premarket review and special controls to the devices. The Committee said Class II regulation would offer a…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 4, 2019
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FDA: Class I recall of SOLOPATH Balloon Expandable TransFemoral System, Re-Collapsible Balloon Access System

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration on May 30 identified the recall by Terumo Medical Corporation (Somerset, New Jersey) of its SOLOPATH Balloon Expandable TransFemoral System and Re-Collapsible Balloon Access System as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because the tip could dislodge from the outer…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 3, 2019
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Survey: C-suite support needed to fully unleash nursing innovation

Editor's Note A new survey by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and BDO Center for Healthcare Excellence & Innovation finds that clinical and business leaders value the innovation nurses bring to their organizations, just not at the C-suite level. Clinical and business leaders ranked skills, such as “the…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 30, 2019
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FDA: Heritage Pharmaceuticals recalls Amikacin Sufate Injection, Prochlorperazine Edisylate Injection

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on May 28 announced the recall by Heritage Pharmaceuticals Inc (East Brunswick, New Jersey) of Amikacin Sulfate Injection, USP 1 gm/4 mL (250 mg/mL), Lot: VEAC025, Expiry Date: October 2019; and Prochlorperazine Edisylate Injection, USP 10 mg/2 mL (5 mg/mL), Lot: VPCA172,…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 30, 2019
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NIH, radiology societies map path for AI research in medical imaging

Editor's Note A new report from the National Institutes of Health, Radiological Society of North America, American College of Radiology, and The Academy, provides a roadmap for translational research on artificial intelligence (AI) in medical imaging. The report summarizes key priorities: creating structured AI use cases that define and highlight…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 29, 2019
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FDA: Class I recall of Integra LifeSciences CSF drainage, ICP monitoring systems

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration on May 24 identified the recall by Integra LifeSciences of its LimiTorr Volume Limiting Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Drainage System and the MoniTorr Intracranial Pressure (ICP) External CSF Drainage and Monitoring System as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 28, 2019
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