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News & Notes

Published: September 18, 2017

  • Handoff communication In a recent report, Sentinel Event Alert focuses on the mishaps of patient care during handoffs between providers. The main issue, they say, is poor communication, and their report outlines 8 effective tips for improving this problem.
  • Virtual reality may reduce need for sedation Researchers in Australia say it's worth exploring whether immersive virtual reality has the potential to reduce the amount of anesthesia needed during surgery. A pilot study with patients having joint replacement surgery under regional anesthesia found that patients who were equipped with a virtual reality device during surgery required less propofol than those who weren't, with no significant difference in post-op satisfaction.
  • Surgery and teen opioid abuse Teenagers and young adults who are prescribed opioids after surgery — particularly gallbladder removal and colon procedures — are more likely to become persistent post-op users of the painkillers, according to research presented this week at annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Study author Calista Harbaugh, MD, a general surgery resident at the University of Michigan Medical School, says the findings highlight the importance of limiting the use of opioids while still effectively treating surgical pain in younger patients.
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