Tag: Patient Safety

FDA: Class I recall of Insulet Omnipod DASH PDM

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 16 identified the recall by Insulet of its Omnipod DASH Insulin Management System Personal Diabetes Manager (PDM) as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of PDM battery issues, including: Battery swelling Fluid leakage from the battery…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 17, 2022
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CDC posts HAI progress report

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on November 4 posted the incidence of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) reported by US hospitals in 2021. The report showed that rates for four of six tracked infections had increased: Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) increased 7%, with the largest increase…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 14, 2022
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Factors associated with resolution of long-COVID symptoms

Editor's Note This French study finds that persistent symptoms were still present in 10.1% of COVID-19 infected individuals at 1 year. Of 53,047 study participants analyzed, 3,972 (2,531 women) with a mean age of 50.9 years had been infected with COVID-19. Of these, 2,647 reported at least one symptom during…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 10, 2022
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Risk factors associated with postop mortality in COVID-19 patients

Editor's Note This study from the Cleveland Clinic finds that COVID-19-positive patients have a higher risk of postoperative mortality, and risk factors should be carefully evaluated before intervention. The analysis included 2,543 patients who had 3,027 surgical procedures. About half of the patients were male with a mean age of…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 9, 2022
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Red Cross proposes digital symbol to deter hackers from healthcare facilities

Editor's Note The International Committee of the Red Cross plans to create a digital symbol, similar to its distinctive red symbol, as a warning sign to hackers who attempt to break into hospital networks, The Wall Street Journal November 4 reports. The Red Cross proposed three different options at a…

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By: Bridget Brown
November 8, 2022
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Healthcare employment up in October

Editor's Note Overall healthcare employment in the US was up in October to a seasonally adjusted 16,577,200 workers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on November 4. That’s up 52,600 since September. Hospital employment also was up by 10,800 jobs. The overall unemployment rate for October rose to 3.7%, for…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 7, 2022
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Effect of kidney disease on COVID-19 outcomes

Editor's Note This study from Columbia University Medical Center, New York City, which was presented November 5 at the ASN [American Society of Nephrology] Kidney Week 2022 in Orlando, examines the effect of kidney disease and other conditions on COVID-19 outcomes during four waves of the pandemic in New York…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 7, 2022
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ECRI announces 2022 Safety Excellence Award winner

Editor's Note ECRI and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices PSO, on November 7, named Monument Health of Rapid City, South Dakota, the winner of the 2022 Safety Excellence Award. The healthcare system set a strategic goal to improve culture of safety, increase incident and near-miss event reporting, and enrich…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 7, 2022
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Complexity, challenges of diagnosis, management of long COVID

Editor's Note This study led by researchers at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System and University of Washington, Seattle, highlights the complexity of diagnosing long COVID and the challenges of caring for patients with this condition. Included in the analysis were 200 randomly sampled COVID-19 patients receiving care in…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 3, 2022
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FDA: Class I recall of Teleflex Iso-Gard Filter S

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 1 identified the recall of Teleflex’s Iso-Gard Filter S as Class I, the most serious. Iso-Gard filters are breathing circuit bacterial filters that are connected to respiratory equipment or breathing systems in operating rooms and ICUs. The recall was initiated…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 3, 2022
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