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Staying Positive During the Pandemic

The good news for patients in need of outpatient surgery is that, across the country, health care providers and policymakers have recognized that elective surgery is not the same thing as optional surgery and are allowing ASCs to remain open to provide this care.

Handling of Explanted Medical Devices Addressed in AORN’s Revised Guideline for Specimen Management

SP professionals must manage explants safely and properly any time a request is made to sterilize an explanted device, such a screw, hip, plate and so on, for return to the patient.

Disinfection Methods – Straightforward or Complicated?

With all the different cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing processes that go on inside of hospitals, I find disinfection to be the most complex and complicated among them.

Steam Sterilization Standard ST79 Receives Community-Driven Update

After three years, a widely used standard in health care and industry has undergone an important update.

Smiths Medical, HCA Capital Go Live With Smart Pump Programming at Nine Sites

Smart pump programming will allow HCA Capital’s Medfusion 4000 pumps to be programmed based on the clinician order, reducing programming errors.

Smiths Medical, a leading global medical device manufacturer, announced that smart pump programming of the Medfusion 4000 wireless syringe infusion pumps is live with HCA’s electronic medical records system (EMR) at nine HCA Capital Hospitals. These sites include: Chippenham, Johnston-Willis, Henrico Doctors – Forest, Montgomery, Portsmouth, Reston, Spotsylvania, StoneSprings, and Terre Haute. Combined they have successfully programmed over 1,500 infusions. HCA continues to optimize integration through people, process and technology.

Smart pump programming allows clinician order parameters to be sent directly to the pump that will help ensure that the correct medication, concentration, rate and dose be delivered to the patient. This will increase patient safety by reducing possible programming errors.

Smart pump programming is supported by Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE), an initiative by health care professionals and industry to improve the way computer systems in health care share information. IHE promotes the coordinated use of established standards such as DICOM and HL7 to address specific clinical needs in support of optimal patient care. Systems developed in accordance with IHE communicate with one another better, are easier to implement, and enable care providers to use information more effectively.

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