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Rhode Island's surgical nurses will soon be smoke-free in their ORs.

Former Chief Nursing Officer Alleges Firing Retaliation for Reporting Safety Concerns; Barbara McQuillan, BSN, RN, claims she was fired by Sparrow Carson Hospital for reporting "substandard medical care and treatment."

IV Drip Containing Formaldehyde Instead of Saline Kills Russian Woman, 28; Staff reportedly tell investigators they "did not read the name on the vial."

Study Finds Psychosis Drug Amisulpride Reduces Nausea and Vomiting. Small doses of amisulpride, a drug used to manage psychosis, may prevent PONV when given with standard anti-nausea treatment, say researchers.

Disgruntled Central Sterile Employee Shoots and Kills Longtime Nursing Supervisor at Alabama Hospital. Nancy Swift, RN, a 63-year-old nursing manager, was gunned down Wednesday night in her office just outside the the OR at University of Alabama at Birmin

Design Flaw Could Keep Bair Hugger Warming Blankets From Fully Inflating. 3M has voluntarily recalled more than 33,000 cases of underbody warming blankets.

Pentax Voluntarily Recalls ED-3490TK Video Duodenoscopes for Design and Labeling Changes. Pentax will replace the forceps elevator mechanism, O-rings and the distal end covering.

Joint Commission Has Zero Tolerance for Poor Hand Hygiene. Surveyors will cite facilities if they observe a single caregiver failing to wash her hands appropriately during direct patient contact.

Kentucky Plastic Surgeon Arrested for Allegedly Arriving at Hospital Intoxicated. The doctor has been barred from practicing at the hospital and was charged with public intoxication.

Single-OR Facilities Must Adhere to the Same Quality Standards as Lice

Lawsuit: VA Hospital Left Scalpel Inside Army Vet's Abdomen. Man, 61, sues hospital for allegedly leaving a scalpel in his abdomen following a 2013 prostatectomy.

Lawsuit: scrub nurse photographed coworker nude in OR. Nurse allegedly showed explicit photos to hospital co-workers and to patient when she returned from medical leave.

Study examines the egonomics of surgery and its adverse effects on physicians.

Nurse sues prominent ophthalmologist for assault over violent incident caught on security camera. A renowned refractive surgeon allegedly became infuriated when the ASC's charge nurse asked if he was nearly done his case because his block time was nearly

Beverly Hills anesthesiologist injected himself with drugs during surgery and later gave patient a lethal dose of Demerol. Prosecutors: Orthopedic surgeon, 71, dies at the hands of anesthesiologist who was under the influence of drugs during surgery.

Lawsuit: patient suffered emotional distress listening to surgeon talk while he operated on her. The doctor allegedly spooked the patient when he spoke about night sweats and blurred vision in Spanish as part of a language proficiency exam.

MedPAC will recommend no payment update for ASCs in 2019. The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission unveiled its draft recommendation on the ASC payment system yesterday.

Researchers say a lack of education leads patients to overestimate their post-op pain. "Patients likely overestimate pain due to a lack of understanding of the surgical procedure, fear and anxiety," say researchers.

Why was this N.J. pain management doc barred from practice? Investigators say she displayed erratic and delusional behavior and smelled of alcohol while practicing.

A new kind of gender bias for female surgeons. Study says the backlash women receive following surgical errors far exceeds what male surgeons experience.

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