Joan Rivers and Katherine O’Donnell underwent medical procedures. They and their loved ones expected these procedures to be routine – and, yet, they tragically died during their medical procedures prompting their families to commence lawsuits.
As reported by CNN, Joan Rivers died during throat surgery: Continue reading “What do Joan Rivers and Katherine O’Donnell Have in Common?”
Lynn Razzano, RN, MSN, ONCC (Clinical Nurse Consultant, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety) wrote about the safety considerations for outpatient surgery that we can learn from the recent death of comedienne Joan Rivers: Continue reading “Joan Rivers’ Death & Safety Considerations for Outpatient Surgery & Pregnant Mothers”
Lynn Razzano, RN, MSN, ONCC, clinical nurse consultant with Physician-Patient Alliance for Health and Safety, recently spoke with Outpatient Surgery about preventing deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism during the perioperative process for same-day surgery patients. Continue reading “Outpatient Surgery Shines Spotlight on DVT Prevention”
by Sean Power
(This article first appeared in Healthcare News.)
Last month, in an Outpatient Surgery e-weekly newsletter, Jim Burger shared research by Tulane University Hospital and Clinic in New Orleans, suggesting that surgical teams are more likely to use the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Surgical Safety Checklist when patients know about the existence of such checklists. All of the informed patients said that knowing about the checklist made them feel more comfortable going into surgery.
In the study, which was presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ conference, students secretly monitored 104 procedures. In 43 cases, patients were told about the checklist; in the other 61 procedures, patients were left in the dark. Continue reading “Why You Should Let Patients Participate in PCA Safety Checklists, Too”
by Dr. Frank Overdyk (Executive Director for Research, North American Partners in Anesthesiology, and Professor of Anesthesiology at Hofstra University School of Medicine)
Summary: The topic of who is a suitable candidate for outpatient surgery is front and center with productivity pressures being intense at ambulatory surgery centers. However, with surgery often comes the necessity of the use of opioids for pain control. Studies have shown that any patient receiving opioids may be at risk of postoperative respiratory depression and if undetected, respiratory arrest (also known as “Code Blue”). The most common antecedents to cardiopulmonary arrest are of respiratory origin. Respiratory decompensation—as evidenced by tachypnea, bradypnea, hypoxia, hypercarbia or changes in mental status—are often the earliest warning signs of physiologic instability. Monitoring respiratory function and level of consciousness are especially important in detecting and preventing adverse events for patients receiving opioids and sedatives. Continue reading “Monitoring the High-Acuity Patient: Does Risk Stratification Increase or Decrease Patient Safety?”