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Sources, consequences of intraoperative stress in surgical teams

Editor's Note This study from the Minneapolis VA Healthcare System finds that intraoperative stress in surgical teams is common and has multiple sources, including adverse events. Researchers conducted 28 interviews with surgical team members on intraoperative stress and emotional and behavioral responses to stressors. The researchers then identified themes in…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 29, 2023
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Nature-themed recharge room lowers HCW stress, anxiety

Editor's Note This study by nurse researchers at Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, and Hackensack Meridian Health, Edison, New Jersey, finds that a nature-themed recharge room helped reduce healthcare worker (HCW) stress and anxiety. A total of 160 HCWs who used the recharge room and 131 who…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 28, 2023
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Cleveland Clinic London surgeons perform TKA assisted by augmented reality

Editor's Note The Cleveland Clinic announced, on August 16, that surgeons at its London facility successfully performed a total knee arthroplasty (TKA) with the assistance of an augmented reality-based platform designed with artificial intelligence and machine learning. Augmented reality, which gives a 3D visualization of the joint, helps with planning…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 28, 2023
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Sociodemographic disparities in PONV

Editor's Note This study led by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham examines the associations between sociodemographic factors and the incidence of postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) and clinician adherence to PONV prophylaxis protocols. A total of 8,384 patients were included in the analysis. When PONV prophylaxis protocols…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 23, 2023
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Study: Transitioning back to reusable surgical gowns

Editor's Note In this study, researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, examine the feasibility of transitioning back to reusable surgical gowns and the corresponding cost savings and reductions in solid waste. Disposable surgical gowns were replaced with polyester reusable surgical gowns with AAMI level III barrier protection that…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 22, 2023
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Effects of race on operative, nonoperative management of emergency general surgery conditions

Editor's Note This study from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, examines whether the decision to operate or not operate for an emergency general surgery condition affects Black and White patients differently. A total of 556,087 Medicare patients (59,519 Black and 496,568 White) were included in the analysis. Overall, 165,932 (29.8%)…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 21, 2023
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Using machine learning to predict suitability for surgery at an ASC vs HOPD

Editor's Note This study from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, examines the use of a machine learning (ML) model to predict the suitability for having a surgical procedure performed at an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) vs a hospital-based outpatient department (HOPD). To augment a labor intensive manual process in…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 10, 2023
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AHA: COVID-19 HIPAA rules for telehealth expire

Editor's Note The American Hospital Association (AHA), on August 9, announced that COVID-19 HIPAA rules for telehealth would expire at 11:59 pm. The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) implemented a HIPAA policy for telehealth during the COVID-19 public health emergency, which provided enforcement discretion…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 10, 2023
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FDA: Class I recall of Abiomed Impella Left Sided Blood Pumps

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on July 27, identified the recall by Abiomed of all Impella Left Sided Blood Pumps as Class I, the most serious. Abiomed is recalling the pumps because the instructions for use do not adequately address precautions to take when treating transcatheter aortic…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 27, 2023
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FDA: Class I recall of Abbott Amplatzer Steerable Delivery Sheath

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on July 26, identified the recall by Abbott of its Amplatzer Steerable Delivery Sheath as Class I, the most serious. Abbott is recalling the sheath because of an increased risk for air emboli being introduced into patients who have cardiac catheterization procedures…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 27, 2023
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