Anesthesia

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December 2020

OR leaders chart new territory for resuming elective surgery

Elective surgical procedures that were temporarily suspended in mid-March are now on the table—or soon will be—at some US facilities. The ban, announced on March 18 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), was enacted to free up resources for facilities overwhelmed by surges of COVID-19 patients. On…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
May 12, 2020
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Children's hospital revises patient care criteria for COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact on all aspects of healthcare delivery worldwide. For children’s hospitals, the crisis has created unique challenges in ensuring patient and provider safety as well as helping to contain the spread of COVID-19 through their communities. According to the Centers for Disease Control…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
May 12, 2020
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ASCs following new rules for safety during pandemic

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a global pandemic that led the United States to declare a national emergency and implement a ban on all elective diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, as well as elective surgery in inpatient and outpatient settings. On March 19, the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) released guidance…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
May 12, 2020
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Hospital-wide ERAS adoption hinges on leadership support

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) is arguably the greatest advancement in surgery in the last 20 years. But even healthcare leaders who support the use of ERAS to achieve better outcomes can find it daunting to implement the protocols throughout their hospital systems. Standardizing practices across areas that have historically…

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By: OR Manager
May 12, 2020
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FDA announces actions taken in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Editor's Note: The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on March 25 announced several actions it has taken in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These include: In response to the demand for hand sanitizers and their active ingredient, alcohol, the FDA issued guidance to alcohol manufacturers on how to incorporate…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 26, 2020
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Overcoming common obstacles to implementing a perioperative surgical home

Over the last 5 years, the perioperative surgical home (PSH) model has attracted increasing interest from OR directors, anesthesiologists, and surgeons. This team-based, patient-centered approach coordinates all phases of surgical care, from preoperative assessment through intraoperative care and postdischarge recovery. According to the American Society of Anesthesiologists, PSH initiatives have…

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By: OR Manager
March 16, 2020
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Study: Anesthetic management of patients with suspected COVID-19 during emergency surgical procedures

Editor's Note This retrospective, multicenter study from four hospitals in Wuhan, China, found that Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) specific guidelines for emergency surgical procedures in patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection can effectively prevent cross-infection in the OR. The guidelines include: negative pressure ORs level 3 protective measures for…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 5, 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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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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FDA: Class I recall of GE Healthcare CARESCAPE Respiratory Modules, Airway Gas Option

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on February 4 identified the recall by GE Healthcare of its CARESCAPE Respiratory Modules and Airway Gas Option as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of a manufacturing issue that may cause the devices to display incorrect oxygen…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 6, 2020
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