Tag: Safety

Study: Ergonomic guidelines needed for trainees assisting in minimally invasive procedures

Editor's Note A prospective cohort study among general surgery residents in Singapore highlighted the need for ergonomic improvements and education for surgical trainees during minimally invasive abdominal surgery.  Published May 31 in Scientific Reports, the study was limited by a small sample size and variability in respondent characteristics and practices.…

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By: Matt Danford
June 13, 2024
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Patient files stolen in Ascension cyberattack

Editor's Note Personal patient data could have been compromised in the May 8 cyberattack on Ascension, according to the latest update from the St. Louis-based healthcare system. Posted June 12, the update reveals that attackers accessed files from seven out of 25,000 file servers used for routine tasks, potentially containing…

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By: Matt Danford
June 13, 2024
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CMS releases 2023 top citations for ASCs

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published 2023 survey data for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), highlighting top citations, ASC Focus June 7 reports. Due to system migrations, public data updates halted since May 2022, but CMS staff provided data to ASCA on May 30, 2024. The…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
June 12, 2024
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Study: Combined preoperative, postoperative chemotherapy improves esophageal cancer outcomes

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Editor's Note In esophageal cancer, combining preoperative and postoperative chemotherapy lead to better outcomes, fewer deaths, and higher likelihood of complete tumor regression than preoperative chemotherapy alone, according to a randomized clinical trial. US News and World Report reported the news June 4. Led by Dr. Jens Hoeppner from the…

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By: Matt Danford
June 12, 2024
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Endotracheal tube component failures prompt FDA Class I recall

Editor's Note The US Food & Drug Administration has designated Medline Industries’ recall of the Sub-G Endotracheal Tube with Subglottic Suction, which is used to keep a patients’ airway open, as a class 1, the most severe category indicating risk of serious injury or death. According to the agency’s June…

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By: Matt Danford
June 12, 2024
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Phased-in nurse staffing ratio law draws complaints in Oregon

Editor's Note The state agency overseeing Oregon’s hospitals has received a “flood of complaints” due to a “first-of-its-kind” law mandating progressively stricter nurse and certified nursing assistant (CNA) staffing ratios, according to a June 7 report in KMTR.   Passed after extensive negotiations among hospital executives, staff, and nurse unions…

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By: Matt Danford
June 11, 2024
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Tech giants announce plans to bolster rural hospital cybersecurity

Editor's Note Microsoft and Google announced they will offer free or discounted cybersecurity services to rural hospitals in the U.S. to help protect against cyberattacks, CNN reported on June 10. According to the article, Microsoft will provide free security updates, assessments, and staff training, while Google will offer free cybersecurity…

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By: Matt Danford
June 11, 2024
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Glowing dye could improve detection, removal of prostate cancer cells

Editor's Note A fluorescent marker dye that attaches to a protein specific to prostate cancer cells could help surgeons identify and remove them in real time, BBC News reported June 9. Developed by researchers from the University of Oxford in the UK, the dye reportedly performed promisingly in a trial…

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By: Matt Danford
June 10, 2024
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Hospital CEOs lend expertise to White House gun violence meeting

Editor's Note A June 6 meeting on gun violence prevention at the White House attracted more than 80 top health care executives to lend expertise on mental health, gunshot wounds, and more, Becker’s Hospital Review reports.   Hosted by the White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention, established in 2023,…

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By: Matt Danford
June 10, 2024
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3D-printed stem cell patches show promise as heart surgery alternative

Editor's Note Using a patient’s stem cells to 3D-print patches to place over damaged areas of the heart could provide an alternative to invasive surgery, according to new research detailed in a June 9 report from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Although the technology has yet to be tested on…

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By: Matt Danford
June 10, 2024
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