Tag: Patient Risk

Majority of American adults have CKM syndrome, at risk for heart disease

Editor's Note Nine out of 10 American adults have Cardiovascular, kidney, and metabolic syndrome (CKM)—interrelated factors that progress to heart disease—and almost 10% already have heart disease, according to a report published in JAMA by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. HealthDay news reported on the…

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By: Matt Danford
May 16, 2024
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FDA announces class 1 recall for disposable biopsy needle kit

Editor's Note Microscopic stainless steel debris on the insides of biopsy needles prompted the FDA to issue a class 1 recall—indicating risk of death or serious injury—for Elekta Instrument’s Disposable Biopsy Needle Kit, which is used with the Leksell Stereotactic System for brain tissue sampling during neurosurgery, the disposable biopsy…

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By: Matt Danford
April 29, 2024
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Catheter sterility concerns prompt Class 1 FDA recall for surgery trays

Editor's Note The US Food and Drug Administration has designated DeRoyal Industries’ recall of GeoMed custom tracecarts a class 1, the most serious type of recall indicating a risk of serious injury or death. According to the April 24 FDA notice, the recall is due to sterility concerns with the…

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By: Matt Danford
April 24, 2024
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AI model helps predict patient decline, drive collaborative care

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Editor's Note An AI prediction model that uses near-real-time data to generate a patient risk score shows the promise of AI for helping physicians and nurses coordinate on patient care, according to findings published March 25 in JAMA Internal Medicine. Performed by researchers at Stanford Medicine, the study examined an…

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By: Brita Belli
April 24, 2024
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Unveiling ECRI’s 2024 Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns list

From integrating new technology to navigating shifts in care delivery and mitigating burnout, the most pressing challenges for healthcare organizations tend to be multifaceted problems that demand multifaceted solutions. For evidence of that, look no further than the Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns 2024 list from ECRI. For every risk…

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By: Heather David, MSN, CRNP, AGACNP-BC, CSSYB
April 19, 2024
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FDA announces class 1 recalls for premixed embolic, infusion pump software

Editor's Note The US Food and Drug Administration has classified recalls of Boston Scientific’s Obsidio Conformable Embolic and Fresenius Kabi USA’s Ivenix Infusion System Large Volume Pump (LVP) software as class 1, the most serious category and an indicator of risk of serious injury or death. No injuries or deaths…

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By: Matt Danford
April 18, 2024
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EPA rule to limit dangerous emissions from medical sterilization plants

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Editor's Note The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized a rule to reduce chloroprene and ethylene oxide emissions that will impact over 200 chemical plants across the nation, including medical sterilization plants, according to an April 10 report from USA Today. Under the new rule, the EPA will cut more…

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By: Brita Belli
April 11, 2024
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Study: GLP weight loss, diabetes therapies boost GI endoscopy pneumonia risk

Editor's Note Gastrointestinal endoscopy could increase the risk of aspirational pneumonia in patients using GLP-1 receptor agonists (RAs) to manage weight or treat diabetes, according to an April 1 report from MedPage today. Citing research published in the journal Gastroenterology by a team led by Kevin Sheng-Kai Ma, DDS, of…

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By: Matt Danford
April 5, 2024
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Blood test could help identify risk of sepsis, organ failure in children

Editor's Note Measuring gene activity in blood samples could help determine whether a child is at risk of sepsis and organ failure, according to findings published March 18 in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.  It is often difficult for clinicians to diagnose sepsis because the symptoms are similar to…

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By: Brita Belli
March 29, 2024
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Study: Hospital privatization reduces care quality

Editor's Note Quality of care drops when hospitals move from public to private ownership, according to review published in the March issue of the Lancet Public Health. The meta-analysis uses evidence from 13 longitudinal studies across the United States, Canada, Croatia, England, Germany, Italy, South Korea, and Sweden. Researchers evaluated…

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By: Brita Belli
March 4, 2024
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