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Published: January 8, 2018

  • Compounding pharmacy recalling drugs over sterility concerns PharMedium Services is voluntarily recalling more than 25,000 units of its compounded medications due to a lack of assurance of sterility. The recalled drugs include fentanyl, morphine, midazolam and bupivacaine. You can review the specific lot numbers affected here. To date, PharMedium says it hasn't received any reports of complaints related to the products, but is issuing the recall out of an "abundance of caution."
  • Inpatient spine surgery safer? Inpatient surgery may be safer for spine surgery patients than outpatient surgery, according to a study published in The Spine Journal. The study examined the outcomes of anterior cervical discectomy and fusion in outpatients versus inpatients. Researchers found that 1 year after surgery, 5.5% of outpatients needed another operation while only 4.1% of inpatients required another procedure.
  • Program helps older people avoid surgical complications A program that helps medical professionals identify individual risks in patients over 65 in order to help them make decisions about whether to go ahead with their elective surgeries and how to prepare for their procedures to avoid complications resulted in shorter hospital stays and lower readmission rates, according to a study published in JAMA Surgery. The program, developed at Duke Health, is called the Perioperative Optimization of Senior Health (POSH) program was developed at Duke Health.
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