Entries by Courtney Leonis

Ransomware and Other Cybersecurity Threats Top ECRI Institute’s Annual Health Technology Hazards List

ECRI Institute announces the launch of its Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2018 list. The report identifies the potential sources of danger involving medical devices and other health technologies that ECRI believes warrant the greatest attention for the coming year. This year’s No. 1 hazard calls attention to the patient safety component of ransomware and other […]

Successful Survey: Arkansas Outpatient Surgery Center

Arkansas Outpatient Surgery Center passed their Arkansas State Licensure and AAAHC Deemed Status Surveys! Congrats to Arkansas Outpatient Surgery Center on their successful AR State Licensure and Deemed Status AAAHC Surveys! This facility in North Little Rock, AR is a physician owned, single specialty, 2 OR pain management surgery center. It has been open and operating […]

President Trump Nominates Alex Azar for HHS Secretary

On Monday, President Trump announced his nomination of pharmaceutical executive Alex Azar as secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). Azar served as general counsel and deputy HHS secretary under George W. Bush from 2001 to 2007, before leaving to become president of the US division of Eli Lilly and Company. His experience at […]

FDA Approves First Implanted Lens That Can Be Adjusted After Cataract Surgery

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 22 announced the approval of RxSight Inc’s (Pasadena, California) Light Adjustable Lens and Light Delivery Device. This is the first system that allows ophthalmologists to make small adjustments to the implanted lens’ power after cataract surgery to improve visual acuity without glasses. Ophthalmologists can make the adjustments […]

Cloth Caps More Effective Than Disposable Caps at Preventing Contamination in the OR

One of the first studies testing the effectiveness of different operating room (OR) head coverings in preventing airborne contamination has found that surgeon’s caps that expose small amounts of the ears and hair are not inferior to the bouffant-style, disposable scrub hats that cover those features. Results of the study were presented today during a […]

AASA Meeting and Mock Survey in Little Rock

Debra combined two events into one trip this week. As part of Progressive Surgical solutions, we participate in our respective state associations. It’s a great way to ensure voices are heard. Debra is the sitting President of the Arkansas Ambulatory Surgery Association. The annual meeting is a one day event compared to other quarterly meetings […]

Perioperative Nurse Week 2017

Happy Perioperative Nurse Week! Sometimes called a Surgical or an Operating Room Nurse, Perioperative Nurses care for patients before, during and after surgery. They work alongside surgical teams to make sure that patients are receiving the best possible care, and serve as liaisons between the surgical team and the patients’ families. We join AORN to […]