November 18 is World-Wide Pressure Injury Prevention Day!

Monday, October 25, 2021 2:38:37 PM America/New_York

The annual Worldwide Pressure Injury Prevention Day is just around the corner on November 18, 2021.  Let’s not forget that perioperative pressure Injury prevention strategies decrease overall hospital acquired pressure injuries (HAPIs) in the non-reimbursable CMS “never event” category.  Awareness around perioperative pressure injuries and the focus on patient risk identification, including environmental and extrinsic risk factors, is gaining traction within the surgical and medical device community. As a result, skin injury prevention bundles, hospital policies, and safety strategies are being researched and recommended throughout the healthcare industry.

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Universal Protocol: Guideline for Perioperative Team Communication

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 1:20:16 PM America/New_York

Each year the Joint Commission, with input from practitioners, provider organizations, purchasers, consumer groups, and other stakeholders, determines patient safety issues that are the highest priority and creates National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG). NPSG were established in 2002 to help accredited organizations address specific areas of concern related to patient safety.

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Posted in Surgical Patient Safety By Sally Fulmer

Prevent Fire Risk in the O.R.: Team Communication

Monday, April 26, 2021 11:19:54 AM America/New_York

Prevent Fire Risk in the O.R.: Team Communication

Fire in the O.R. is catastrophic. It usually happens when the team least expects it and the patient being high-risk has usually not been identified.  There is no clear data regarding how many fires occur in the O.R. although the ECRI institute estimates around 90-100 surgical fires occur each year. The anatomical locations where fires occur include the head, neck, or upper chest and elsewhere on the patient. Examples of fires on the patient include a fire on the drapes or the patient’s skin. It is also estimated that 21% of O.R. fires occur in the patient’s airway and 8% occur elsewhere in the body (e.g., within a body cavity). Unfortunately, many surgical fires result in disfiguring, disabling injuries and death for the patient.

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Posted in Surgical Patient Safety By Sally Fulmer

Perioperative Nutritional Optimization to Prevent Pressure Injuries

Friday, March 26, 2021 1:38:44 PM America/New_York

More than 50% of older surgical patients are thought to have malnutrition that is associated with increased postoperative complications, prolonged length of hospitalization and increased health care cost.

The surgical patient is at a nutrition and fluid disadvantage right off the bat due to the “Nothing by Mouth” order.  The patients are getting ready to “run” the big surgical race with a fuel tank on empty! The tank needs to be filled during the preoperative, optimization time by implementing a nutritional plan that is right for the individual patient.

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Pressure Injuries in the Neonatal Population

Thursday, March 18, 2021 1:17:58 PM America/New_York

Typically, when we think of skin injury prevention in the acute care setting, we think of that immobile, post trauma, geriatric or surgical patient.  There is a plethora of literature and research around the subject yet each year, more than 2.5 million people in the United States develop pressure injuries.  That 2.5 million people represent many different populations from geriatric to neonate. Risk identification and the implementation of pressure injury prevention interventions are well known in the adult population but what about the neonate? When it comes to pressure injuries, we rarely think of the neonatal population.

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