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After the Boston Marathon bombings, Boston's nurses implemented well-rehearsed disaster plans. In the days that followed, they found their plans helped save victims. But the nurses continue to fine-tune their disaster plans. Read more »
FDA discourages certain procedure to treat uterine fibroids
An FDA communication notice discourages the use of laparoscopic power morcellation for hysterectomy or myomectomy in women. Read more »
RN-guided visualization of a safe place may ease procedural pain
Patients who used visualization during the procedure were in pain less often and asked for fewer pain relievers, according to a study presented at a European conference. Read more »
Study: High geriatric patient volumes reduce mortality risk
The chance of major complications increased for geriatric patients in hospitals with high volumes of younger patients, according to the study. Read more »
Hospital quality linked to racial disparities in CABG surgery
In hospitals that treated the highest proportion of nonwhite patients (greater than 17.7%), the mortality rate was 4.8% for nonwhite patients and 3.8% in white patients. Read more »
Recovery room complications waned substantially from 1990 to 2010
In a previous study completed in the late 1980s, recovery room complications occurred in 23.7% of patients. Today, the complication rate is 9.9%. Read more »
Studies showcase ways to improve punctuality in early-morning OR
Improving efficiency potentially reduces costs, increases patient and staff satisfaction, and increases the number of cases that can be performed daily. Read more »
Research identifies risk factors for postoperative delirium
Elderly surgical patients are more likely to suffer from postoperative delirium if they have diabetes, undergo longer surgery or respond poorly to stress. Read more »
History of falls indicates risk of postoperative complications
A history of one or more falls in the six months before surgery appears to be an indicator of cardiac, respiratory, neurologic and other complications. Read more »
Bariatric surgery may cause opioid use to increase in some
In a group of patients who chronically used opioids for noncancer pain and who underwent bariatric surgery, there was greater chronic use of opioids after surgery. Read more »
Older minorities face higher risk of postop complications
Black and Hispanic patients have a greater chance than white patients of developing a vast majority of postoperative complications, according to a study. Read more »

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