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Published: June 19, 2017

  • Hospira recalling injectables Hospira is recalling more than 50 lots of injectable solutions after it detected microbial growth during a routine simulation of its manufacturing process. Recalled are 42 lots of 8.4% sodium bicarbonate injection in 50 mL vials; 5 lots of Neut (sodium bicarbonate 4% additive solution) in 5 mL vials; 5 lots of Quelicin (succinylcholine chloride injection) in 200 mg/10 mL vials; and 7 lots of potassium phosphates injection in 45 mM vials. The lots were distributed nationwide to both wholesalers and hospitals from January to June 2017. Hospira will notify direct customers via a recall letter. For additional help, call Stericycle at (800) 805-3093
  • OR Excellence early-bird prize winners Julia Ward, RN, BSN, of the White Rock (British Columbia) Orthopaedic Surgery Center, will be doing OR Excellence, Oct. 11-13, in style. Ms. Ward is the grand-prize winner of the ORX Early-Bird Contest: a complimentary 4-night stay in a Presidential Suite at the Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, plus limousine transfers to and from the airport. Four other lucky OR Excellence attendees will have their Vegas experiences upgraded. Sharon Benson, MBA, MSN, RN, vice president of professional services at Southwestern Eye Center in Mesa, Ariz.; Scott Smallwood, BSN, RN, clinical director of the Bend (Ore.) Surgery Center; and Thomas Meagher, MSN, administrator of the Ear Nose and Throat Surgery Center in Las Vegas, Nev., will each receive a complimentary Swedish massage at the Red Rock's spa. Patricia Keene, BSN, OR staff nurse at Kaiser Permanente in Halethorpe, Md., will have her room upgraded to a Signature Suite. If you weren't among our winners, or haven't registered yet, you still have time to win big. Register for ORX by July 31 and we'll automatically enter you to win the same great prizes in our pre-registration contest.
  • Minimal discharge criteria Colorado ambulatory surgery centers would have a hard sending patients home under proposed changes to minimal discharge criteria. Among the changes: Patients would have to have stable vital signs for a minimum of 45 minutes and could not receive IV opioids or sedatives 30 minutes before discharge. The changes would also limit the use of spinal anesthesia by requiring patients to have full use of extremities before discharge. In a letter, the Colorado Ambulatory Surgery Center Association says the guidelines don't account for the diversity of ASCs throughout the state and "try to dictate the practice of medicine and outline many decisions that are currently and should remain under the professional judgment of a Colorado licensed physician."
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