Tag: Safety

State-by-state numbers break down nationwide anesthesiologist shortage

Editor's Note Amid a nationwide shortage of anesthesiologists straining many healthcare systems, new data from the Kaiser Family Foundation offers a state-by-state comparison of the number of anesthesiologists per physician. As of January 2024, the data reveal that Indiana leads states with the most anesthesiologists per physician at 13.12% (1,211…

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By: Brita Belli
February 16, 2024
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Robot could clear stroke-related blockage faster than traditional methods

Editor's Note A magnetically operated robot developed by the Multi-Scale Robotics Lab in Zurich along with several hospitals in Switzerland could be used to treat people in the critical moments following a stroke to remove blockage and resume blood flow. The findings were published February 14 in the journal Science…

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By: Brita Belli
February 16, 2024
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Studies link bacteria from long nurse fingernails to lethal infections in infants

Editor's Note Without proper nail care, proper handwashing might not be enough to prevent infection and death among infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). That’s according to a February 8 report from nurse.org, which drove home the importance of following hygiene protocols by highlighting real-world evidence confirming the…

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By: Matt Danford
February 15, 2024
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FDA recalls BrightView SPECT systems

Editor's Note The FDA has issued a Class I recall of Philips’ BrightView, BrightView X and BrightView XCT Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) scanners due to a component failure that could result in the system’s detector falling on patients. Philips sent all affected customers an Urgent Medical Device Correction…

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By: Matt Danford
February 15, 2024
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Survey shows nationwide surge in nurses reporting workplace violence

Editor's Note New survey data indicate most nurses have experienced workplace violence within the past year, and the problem appears to be getting worse. Conducted by National Nurses United (NNU), the nation’s largest union and professional association of registered nurses, the nationwide survey gathered data from nearly 1,000 nurses working…

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By: Matt Danford
February 14, 2024
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Session: Fast-forward—ECRI’s top 10 health technology hazards

Editor's Note ECRI, an independent, nonprofit organization that aims to improve the safety, quality, and cost-effectiveness of care across all healthcare settings, every year compiles and unveils a list of the top 10 technology hazards affecting patient care. The motivation for producing this list, according to Jason Launders, director of…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
February 5, 2024
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Study: Hospital surfaces ridden with bacteria despite disinfection protocols

Editor's Note:  Adherence to routine disinfection procedures may not be enough to prevent potentially harmful bacterial contamination of high-touch hospital surfaces, according to findings published January 10 in the American Journal of Infection Control. Manikins, bed rails, and workstations-on-wheels were the most contaminated surfaces. The study involved sampling and culturing…

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By: Matt Danford
January 22, 2024
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FDA warns of chemical exposure from compressor, ventilator combos

Editor's Note:  General Electric (GE) EVair and EVair 03 (Jun-air) air compressors can release dangerous levels of formaldehyde when paired with Carescape R860 and Engström Carestation/Pro ventilators, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned January 9. Designed to supply the respective ventilators when wall air is not available, the…

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By: Matt Danford
January 12, 2024
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Investigation reveals medical device safety testing concerns

Editor's Note Published December 21, a year-long investigation by KFF Health News into medical device malfunctions found that the FDA allows the sale of most medical devices, including many implants, without requiring tests for safety or effectiveness. Instead, manufacturers need to show only that they have “substantial equivalence” to an…

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By: Brita Belli
January 8, 2024
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Burns prompt recalls of airway scopes, electrosurgical pads

Editor's Note Reports of burn injuries have prompted two medical device recalls: one for Megadyne patient return electrodes and one for Olympus bronchofiberscopes and bronchovideoscopes. According to a December 21 notice from AORN, the former recall is a voluntary correction on the part of Megadyne Medical Products, Inc. Following reports…

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By: Brita Belli
December 21, 2023
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