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July 2020

Survey: Healthcare execs ramping up AI implementation efforts

Editor's Note A survey of 500 US healthcare industry leaders conducted by Optum finds that executives are ramping up their implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) efforts, with 62% saying they have adopted AI strategies in their organizations, the March 11 HealthIT Analytics reports. This is a nearly 88% increase from…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 11, 2020
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Social media use by nurses

Editor's Note Social media use among nurses is common, but social media perceptions and practices vary considerably, this study finds. In this survey of 397 nurses in a large academic medical center, 87% reported using a social media account currently. Increasing age was linked to decreasing frequency of social media…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 9, 2020
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FDA: Class I recall of Alaris Infusion Pump System and Modules

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on March 6 identified the recall by Becton Dickinson (BD)/CareFusion 303 of its Alaris System Infusion Pumps and Modules as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of multiple system errors, software errors, and use-related errors. The errors can…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 9, 2020
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Humana using AI to streamline services

Editor's Note Humana is using artificial intelligence (AI) and robotic processes to help frontline healthcare personnel with daily tasks and to streamline access to patient care, the March 2 Forbes reports. It is testing how to pull information from medical records based on identifying key words in conversations between healthcare…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 4, 2020
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FDA: Class I recall of King Systems’ video laryngoscope adapter

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on February 27 identified the recall by King Systems of its King Vision Video Laryngoscope Adapter (size ½) as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because all devices from the affected lots show a reversed image on the display,…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 3, 2020
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Challenges in achieving high-level endoscope disinfection

Editor's Note In this review article, Cori L. Ofstead, MSPH, and associates highlight the reasons endoscope reprocessing is often ineffective and microbes frequently remain on endoscopes after high-level disinfection. Among the reasons: non-adherence to guidelines use of damaged endoscopes use of insoluble products during endoscopy insufficient cleaning contaminated rinse water…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 25, 2020
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Nuts and bolts of new technology acquisition--Part 2

Technology acquisitions require OR leaders to weigh the competing demands of stakeholders—including physicians, nursing staff, the finance department, and patients—and to make sure they address those demands when justifying a new purchase. “New technology can be what’s needed to keep competitive in the current environment,” says Beth Bozzelli, MBA, RN,…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
February 21, 2020
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Back to basics: How collaboration can improve PACU patient flow

Healthcare technology can be a great thing, but nurses at Abington—Jefferson Health, in Abington, Pennsylvania, have discovered that sometimes stepping back from it is the best way to make progress. Going low-tech was the key that unlocked patient flow gridlock that had plagued the postanesthesia care unit (PACU). Before 2017,…

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By: Catherine Spader, RN
February 21, 2020
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Using smartphones to capture patient differences in postop physical recovery

Editor's Note Metrics derived from smartphone accelerometer data can capture differences in postoperative physical recovery in surgical patients, this study finds. In this analysis of 62 patients, smartphone accelerometer data showed decreases in daily exertional activity in 17 who experienced a postoperative event (eg, complication, reoperation) up to 6 weeks…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 20, 2020
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Effect of AI early warning system for intraoperative hypotension

Editor's Note The use of an artificial intelligence (AI) early warning system, compared with standard care, resulted in less intraoperative hypotension in this preliminary study. This single-center, preliminary study from the Netherlands, which included 68 patients (intervention group, 34 and control group, 34) having elective noncardiac surgery, found that application…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 18, 2020
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