And disposable jackets cost how much?
A recent study argued that AORN operating room attire guidelines don't reduce surgical site infections (SSI), but they do increase costs per person by 10-20 times—much of that cost resulting from long-sleeve disposable jackets which cost approximately $1.04 per person.
The study (Elmously et al), presented at the Surgical Forum of the American College of Surgeons 104th Annual Clinical Congress in Boston, MA, last October, analyzed the link between the operating room attire guidelines introduced by the Association of Perioperative Registered nurses (AORN) in 2015 (updated in 2017), surgical site infections (SSIs), and the associated costs of these operating room attire guideline changes.
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With a proliferation of guidelines designed to reduce costs based on the risk profiles of patients, and a more general trend towards a preventative care framework, it’s important to stay on top of the latest research into these risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
What constitutes a high-risk patient? What’s new in risk assessment? We've already discussed a new factor identified with a predictive value similar to cholesterol levels. Researchers have also found a gene that indicates high risk for heart disease in women.
Continue reading Cardiovascular Risk Report: New Genetic Risk in Women Identified
With a proliferation of guidelines designed to reduce costs based on the risk profiles of patients, and a more general trend towards a preventative care framework, it's important to stay on top of the latest research into these risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
What constitutes a high-risk patient? What's new in risk assessment? Stay tuned, ACVP blog will bring you more on the latest in cardiovascular disease risk factors.
"Stem Cell Factor" Linked to Cardiovascular Disease Risk
A new study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine identified a risk factor with a similar predictive value to established cardiovascular risk factors such as LDL and HDL cholesterol.
Continue reading Cardiovascular Risk Report: “Stem Cell Factor” as Predictive as Cholesterol Levels
Results are in from the Choosing Wisely initiative - a campaign designed to reduce the use of frequent tests deemed "low value" - like cardiac imaging.
A recently published study from JAMA Internal Medicine examining the frequency and trends of services from 2012 Choosing Wisely recommendations across 25 million Anthem health plan members found statistically significant reductions in cardiac imaging and other "low value" services.
Some context: many uses of cardiac imaging were deemed "low value" by the ACC in 2012.
The American College of Cardiology contributed to some of the earliest Choosing Wisely recommendations from 2012 - the recommendations that this study tracked. One of these recommendations has since been withdrawn due to new science, but the four that remain relate to cardiac imaging.
Continue reading Are you “Choosing Wisely” with Cardiac Imaging?