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Association of health professional shortages with surgical outcomes, expenditures

Editor's Note This study from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, finds that Medicare patients having common surgical procedures in health professional shortage area hospitals obtain safe care without evidence of higher expenditures. A total of 842,787 Medicare patients undergoing appendectomy, cholecystectomy, colectomy, or hernia repair between 2014 and 2018…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 7, 2023
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Study: Impact of COVID-19 deaths on frontline clinicians

Editor's Note In this study from the RAND Corporation, researchers examine how clinicians experienced their role as they cared for dying patients with COVID-19 and how these experiences impacted their lives as healthcare professionals. A total of 23 clinicians (11 physicians and 12 nurses) in critical care and emergency department…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 6, 2023
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Study: Redo TAVR procedures safe, effective

Editor's Note This study by researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, finds that redo transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures are both safe and effective. Of 350,591 patients in the Society of Thoracic Surgeons/American College of Cardiology Transcatheter Valve Therapy Registry who underwent TAVR with balloon-expandable valves between November…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 5, 2023
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FDA: Class I recall of Cardiosave Hybrid, Rescue IABPs

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on August 31, identified the recall by Getinge/Maquet/Datasocpe of its Cardiosave Hybrid and Rescue Intra-aortic Balloon Pumps (IABPs) as Class I, the most serious. The FDA posted four recalls for four separate reasons: Because they may overheat when the device’s internal temperature…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 5, 2023
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Cosmetic surgery, facial procedures rising trend among young adults, teens

Editor's Note The rise of the "selfie boom" and social media usage, often referred to as "snapchat dysmorphia" or the "instaface effect," has led to an increase in young adults and teens seeking cosmetic surgeries, particularly non-invasive procedures like Botox and dermal fillers, News Center Maine August 28 reports. According…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
September 1, 2023
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LivaNova receives FDA 510(k) approval for new in-line blood monitor

Editor's Note The Essenz™ In-Line Blood Monitor (ILBM) has received U.S. FDA 510(k) clearance and CE mark, as announced by manufacturer LivaNova on August 30. The new ILBM provides “accurate and continuous measurement of essential blood parameters for perfusionists throughout cardiopulmonary bypass procedures,” and integrates with the company’s Essenz Perfusion…

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By: Lindsay Botts
September 1, 2023
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Risk factors, complications associated with mortality after outpatient surgery

Editor's Note This study by researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, examines preoperative risk factors, operative variables, and postoperative complications associated with 30-day mortality after outpatient surgery. A total of 2,822,789 patients in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database were included…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 31, 2023
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FDA: Class I recall of certain Hamilton ventilators

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on August 30, identified the recall by Hamilton Medical of its HAMILTON-C1, C2, C3, and T1 ventilators as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of software issues that may cause the ventilators to stop without notice. There have…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 31, 2023
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Effect of surgeon gender on postop outcomes

Editor's Note This Canadian study examines whether surgeon gender is associated with long-term postoperative patient outcomes. A total of 1,165,711 patients (151,054 treated by female surgeons and 1,014,657 treated by male surgeons) were included in the analysis. Multivariate adjusted rates of adverse postoperative events (ie, death, readmission, or complication) showed…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 30, 2023
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SHEA updates CAUTI prevention recommendations

Editor's Note An update of the 2014 “Strategies to Prevent Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections [CAUTIs] in Acute-Care Hospitals” was published August 25 by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). The update, which is a collaborative effort led by SHEA, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Association for…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 30, 2023
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