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FDA discourages certain procedure to treat uterine fibroids
In a safety communication notice, the Food and Drug Administration discouraged the use of laparoscopic power morcellation for hysterectomy or myomectomy in women. Based on an analysis of available data, the procedure poses a risk of spreading unsuspected cancerous tissue, notably uterine sarcomas, beyond the uterus, according to the FDA. Laparoscopic power morcellation is one of several available treatments for...READ MORE »
RN-guided visualization of a safe place may ease procedural pain
Visualizing a safe place can help patients cope with pain and anxiety during a procedure, according to new findings. New analysis of a recent study, which involved RNs guiding patients to focus on safe images during ablation of atrial fibrillation, was presented April 5 at EuroHeartCare, the annual meeting of the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions of the European Society of Cardiology. This...READ MORE »
Study: High geriatric patient volumes reduce mortality risk
Older trauma patients were less likely to die or have a major complication at hospitals with high volumes of geriatric trauma patients, and the chance of major complications increased for geriatric patients in hospitals with high volumes of younger patients, according to a one-state study. The association between higher hospital volume and lower mortality rates in complex surgical procedures has been...READ MORE »
Hospital quality linked to racial disparities in CABG surgery
Hospital quality was associated with racial disparities in outcomes after coronary artery bypass graft surgery, according to a study. Racial disparities in mortality rates after CABG surgery are well established, but it is less known how receiving care at high-mortality, low-quality hospitals may contribute to racial disparities in surgical outcomes, according to background information in the study, which was...READ MORE »
Recovery room complications waned substantially from 1990 to 2010
Complications in the recovery room decreased by 58% between 1990 and 2010, according to a study presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. 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%, researchers reported. "Anticipation, timely recognition and early management of medical...READ MORE »
Studies showcase ways to improve punctuality in early-morning OR
Late starts to the first surgical case of the day can be improved, according to two studies presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Improving efficiency potentially reduces costs, increases patient and staff satisfaction, and increases the number of cases that can be performed daily, according to a news release from the society. "In 2011, fewer than half of the first cases of...READ MORE »
Research identifies risk factors for postoperative delirium
Elderly surgical patients are more likely to suffer from debilitating postoperative delirium if they have diabetes, undergo longer surgery or respond poorly to stress, according to a small study. The research, presented Oct. 14 in San Francisco at the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, could help clinicians prevent postoperative delirium, which can lead to longer hospital stays, poor...READ MORE »
Order amidst chaos
When the city of Boston was shut down four days after the marathon bombings because the suspects were on the loose, trauma centers caring for the victims had already updated their response plans based on lessons learned on that horrific day. "By Friday, the day of the shelter-in-place [emergency procedure], we had already instituted some hospital-wide changes," said Joanne L. Ferguson, RN, MSN, director, operational...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 complications, the need to be discharged to a care facility and 30-day readmission after surgery, according to a study. More than a third of all U.S. inpatient operations are performed on patients 65 and older, a proportion that will increase during the next several decades, according to background information in the study,...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 compared with before, according to a study. The findings suggest the need for proactive management of chronic pain in these patients after surgery, researchers reported in the Oct. 2 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Marsha A....READ MORE »
Older minorities face higher risk of postop complications
Older black and Hispanic patients have a greater risk than white patients of developing complications following surgery, according to a study. Research has shown that minority groups tend to develop complications following surgery more often than whites, according to background information in the study, which was published in the September issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Investigators at the...READ MORE »
Indicators help predict back surgery complications, study finds
For older adults undergoing surgery for spinal stenosis, some simple indicators - age, a poor preoperative health score, extensive surgery and use of insulin or steroids - can predict a high risk of major medical complications, according to a study. In combination, these risk factors may help clinicians identify patients at increased risk of myocardial infarction and other serious events after spinal stenosis...READ MORE »
Studies find novel ways to relieve nausea after surgery
Aromatherapy and intravenous administration of a dextrose solution may offer effective new approaches to relieving nausea and vomiting after surgery, according to a pair of studies in the September issue of the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia. Postoperative nausea and vomiting occurs in up to a third of untreated surgical patients. It not only is unpleasant for patients and associated with increased costs for...READ MORE »
Acute pain, anxiety raise chronic pain risk after surgery
After surgery, a combination of acute pain and anxiety and pain magnification increases the risk of development of chronic pain, according to a study. French researchers assessed the predictive value of chronic pain risk factors in 89 patients who had total knee arthroplasty and 100 women who had mastectomy or lumpectomy. They compared the extent to which anxiety and depression predicted the prevalence and intensity...READ MORE »
AORN Seal of Recognition goes to PerfectCLEAN OR program
The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses has awarded the AORN Seal of Recognition to the PerfectCLEAN Operating Room program developed by UMF Corporation, a manufacturer and innovator of infection prevention products. While not an endorsement, the Seal of Recognition is confirmation that the PerfectCLEAN Operating Room program material has met the guidelines of the AORN Perioperative Standards and...READ MORE »