Using regional anesthesia instead of general anesthesia in patients with sleep apnea undergoing total joint replacement decreases major complications by about 17 percent, according to a recent study published online. Currently, up to 25 percent of patients presenting for surgery in the United States have sleep apnea.
University of Michigan study from the “Online First” edition of Anesthesiology found cardiac arrest was associated with improved survival when it occurred in the operating room (O.R.) or post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) compared to other hospital locations. The findings offer evidence that the presence of anesthesia providers in these locations may improve outcomes for certain patients.
The patient, Regina Turner, 53, of St. Ann, was scheduled on April 4 for a “left-sided craniotomy bypass” at St. Clare Health Center in Missouri, according to a complaint filed in the Circuit Court of St. Louis County in Clayton. Instead, she received a “right-sided craniotomy surgical procedure,” the suit alleges.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) – among the most widely prescribed antidepressant medications – are associated with increased risk of bleeding, transfusion, hospital readmission and death when taken around the time of surgery, according to an analysis led by researchers at UC San Francisco and Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass.
The Connecticut Surgical Quality Collaborative (CtSQC), a statewide group of 20 hospitals, meets regularly to share quality outcomes including successes and best practices for the benefit of all patients in the state. The CtSQC announced that six additional hospitals are joining this effort.
The annual Leape Ahead Award honors the dedication of Dr. Lucian Leape toward the advancement of efficient, effective, and caring delivery of medicine in the U.S. It also underscores ACPE's strong commitment to patient safety and quality, as well as the lifelong development and support of physician leaders.
Viscot Medical’s new AllSkin Plus+ is the first prep-resistant ink marker that offers maximum visibility and prep resistance on all skin tones. Its specially-formulated VIXL brilliant blue ink provides enhanced visibility even after prepping with common alcohol-based antiseptics.
Placement of copper objects in intensive care unit (ICU) hospital rooms reduced the number of healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) in patients by more than half, according to a new study. The proportion of patients who developed HAI and/or colonization with MRSA or VRE was significantly lower among patients in rooms with copper surfaces.
Occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens from needle stick injuries and other sharp objects remains a serious problem for all the wrong reasons.
Available information is being gathered, but when we talk about reporting needle sticks and sharps injuries, many aren't reported. It’s happening on a daily basis in every facility, in a lot of different departments, and the OR is being impacted a lot more because we’re around so many sharp pieces of equipment and patients.
Advanced Medical Innovations unveiled the Neutray Sharps Passing Tray for hands-free transfer of sharps during a surgical procedure. It has been specifically designed to handle many of the different styles of sharps used in today’s operating room.
Injuries caused by needles and other sharp instruments are a major occupational hazard for surgeons—with high costs related to the risk of contracting serious infectious diseases, according to a recent article.
Some groups, particularly nursing organizations, are calling for the placement of smoke evacuators in all operating rooms. As you might suspect, these efforts are being vigorously supported by the manufacturers of smoke evacuators. I attempted to find some real evidence about all this, but it is hard to come by.
A rule that keeps young doctors from working around the clock may be backfiring. Here's a look at two new studies that say the changes are leading to more errors.
A new Consumer Reports study rates hospitals with a safety score and most are not making the grade. Dr. John Santa, director of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center, talks to Charlie Rose and Norah O'Donnell about the scores.
HoverTech International introduces a next generation patient handling solution: the HoverSling Combination Transfer & Lift Device for lateral transfers, repositioning, turning, and vertical lifting.
If addressed properly, patient transfer can have major effects on patient experience and help reduce preventable nurse injuries.
The busier the environment at your hospital or medical facility, the more difficult it is to track all the steps of surgical prepping with manual processes.
Ecolab Inc. announced the availability of the Vari-Lens2 line of microscope drapes that help optimize visual accuracy for surgeons while maintaining an effective sterile barrier. The design enhancements of the Vari-Lens2 products include an easier to maneuver objective lens cover and an angled, glass lens that provides durable scratch resistance and improved light transmission to enhance definition while at the same time reducing glare.
I’ve never been more worried about the safety movement than I am today. My fear is that we will look back on the years between 2000 and 2012 as the Golden Era of Patient Safety, which would be okay if we’d fixed all the problems. But we have not.
Cardinal Health offers “blue” double-gloving systems in support of safety initiatives. The system includes a “blue” foundation with a light-colored overglove. Our undergloves - Protexis PI Blue with Neu-Thera and Protexis Latex Blue with Neu-Thera Surgical Gloves - are powder-free, available in synthetic polyisoprene (PI) and natural rubber latex (latex), and are blue in color.
On March 4, 2013, at 6:00 in the morning, more than 1,100 operating room nurses participated in a special Pink Glove Dance in San Diego, CA at Medline's 8th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Breakfast.
A hands-on lookat how the capabilities of the Kinect gaming system could be utilized in the operating room.
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators have identified specific EEG (electroencephalogram) signatures that indicate when patients lose and regain consciousness under the general anesthetic drug propofol.
Women who have had the lymph nodes under their arm surgically removed during breast cancer treatment are warned to avoid certain practices that can cause lymphedema—a condition that causes chronic, painless swelling in the arm. Now, a new study published in the March issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons suggests that the vast majority of women who undergo breast cancer operations worry about developing this complication and that this fear far exceeds their actual risk of getting lymphedema.