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FDA: Class I recall of Cook Medical’s CrossCath Support Catheters

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on December 17 identified the recall by Cook Medical of its CrossCath Support Catheters as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of a manufacturing error that may cause the radiopaque marker bands on the catheters to dislodge or…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 18, 2019
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Development of surgery-specific second victim peer support program

Editor's Note In this study, researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital, designed, implemented, and assessed the effect of the first surgery-specific peer support program in the US. The program uses five steps: creation of a conceptual framework choice of peer supporters training of peer supporters multifaceted identification of major adverse…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 17, 2019
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Boston Scientific receives FDA clearance for single-use duodenoscope

Editor's Note Boston Scientific announced December 13 that it had received Food & Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for the EXALT Model D Single-Use Duodenoscope for use in endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) procedures. The EXALT Model D, which was granted Breakthrough Device Designation from the FDA, eliminates the need for…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 17, 2019
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Providing cost-benefit analysis for ERAS-related solutions

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery The implementation of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) is based on the concept of organizing care around the patient, addressing medical condition needs to optimize readiness for surgery and reducing the likelihood of postoperative complications. Efficacy is measured by how well we perform according to these…

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By: OR Manager
December 17, 2019
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To avoid penalties, know the rules for quality reporting

Keeping up with Medicare’s regulatory and reporting requirements for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) can be as difficult as ensuring physicians arrive to start their cases on time. “Regulations can change frequently,” says Gina Throneberry, MBA, RN, CASC, CNOR, director of education and clinical affairs for the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association…

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By: OR Manager
December 17, 2019
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FDA: Medtronic recalls SynchroMed II implantable drug infusion pump

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on December 16 announced that Medtronic has recalled its SynchroMed II implantable infusion pump. The pump is being recalled because of the potential presence of foreign particles inside the pump motor assembly that may lead to a pump motor stall. Medtronic has…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 16, 2019
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Effect of cannabis use disorder on postop outcomes

Editor's Note In this study, active cannabis use disorder was linked to an increased risk of postoperative myocardial infarction (MI). Researchers retrospectively analyzed 4,186,622 elective surgery patients in the Nationwide Inpatient Sample. Of 27,206 patients in the propensity-score matched-pairs cohort, there was no statistically significant difference between those with (400…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 12, 2019
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AI and surgical decision making

Editor's Note Integrating artificial intelligence (AI) with surgical decision making could transform care by augmenting the decision to perform surgery, informed consent process, identification and mitigation of modifiable risk factors, decisions on postoperative management, and shared decision for resource use, this review finds. Surgical decision making involves hypothetical-deductive reasoning, individual…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 11, 2019
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UC San Diego opens new Center for Fluorescence-Guided Surgery

Editor's Note The Center for Fluorescence-Guided Surgery at UC San Diego Health is the first in the country dedicated to delivering a new caliber of surgical accuracy that allows surgeons to identify cancerous or critical tissues with GPS-like precision by lighting them up, the December 5 UC San Diego Health…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 9, 2019
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Association of postop MI with high mortality rates after vascular surgery

Editor's Note Despite high rates of patients discharged with cardioprotective medications, the long-term burden of postoperative myocardial infarction (MI) after major vascular surgery is substantial, with a high mortality rate in the following year, this study finds. Of 26,231 vascular surgery patients analyzed, factors linked to an increased risk of postoperative…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 9, 2019
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