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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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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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Anesthesiologists push to improve pain control during caesarean delivery

Editor's Note A letter to the editor published April 10 in Anesthesiology, the official publication of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), calls attention to an official statement outlining best practices for ensuring all moms-to-be receive adequate pain management during planned or unexpected C-sections. The best practices are outlined in…

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By: Matt Danford
April 10, 2024
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FDA warning: unapproved topical analgesics potentially dangerous

Editor's Note The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advises consumers to avoid topical analgesics marketed in violation of federal law by six different companies, including: TKTX Company: TKTX Numb Maximum Strength Pain Reliever, Mithra+ 10% Lidocaine, TKTX During Procedure Numbing Gel 40% and J-CAIN cream [LIDOCAINE] 29.9% SeeNext Venture,…

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By: Matt Danford
March 29, 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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Proposed federal rule would require hospitals, health systems to report cyberattacks

Editor's Note The Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) proposed a new rule that would require hospitals and health systems to report any cyberattacks or ransomware attacks to the agency within 72 hours and any ransomware payments within 24 hours.  The healthcare sector is one of…

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By: Brita Belli
March 28, 2024
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Two-question survey could help improve pain management, reduce opioid use

Editor's Note A simple, two-question survey could help identify patients most likely to develop chronic pain during recovery from surgery or injury and direct them toward proactive, holistic services that reduce reliance on opioids. NEJM Catalyst published the findings on March 20. Conducted by a research team from Duke University,…

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By: Brita Belli
March 22, 2024
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Editorial: OR Business Management Conference tackled financial challenges, technological innovations

This past February, the OR Business Management Conference, held in Phoenix, Arizona, brought together business managers of all walks of life. The intimate event was once again a symbiotic blend between financial- and business-centric education and high-quality networking. The education offered for seasoned and new business leaders alike, perhaps more…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
March 22, 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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Study: bariatric surgery effective for pediatric weight loss, but may adversely affect bone health

Editor's Note What researchers say is the first systematic review and meta-analysis to report on bone health outcomes from pediatric bariatric surgery shows the procedure is highly effective at achieving weight loss amid a childhood obesity crisis of epidemic proportions. However, the surgery also could put patients at greater risk…

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By: Matt Danford
February 23, 2024
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