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"I am administering medication—please do not interrupt me": red tabards preventing interruptions as perceived by surgical patients.
Palese A, Ferro M, Pascolo M, Dante A, Vecchiato S. J Patient Saf. 2019;15:30-36.
A variety of interventions have been tested to reduce interruptions during the medication administration process, including the use of vests worn by nurses with messaging designed to deter interruptions. Patients' perceptions of such messaging remains unknown. In this observational study, researchers found that the use of such vests may be perceived negatively by patients and deter them from interrupting nurses, even for urgent care needs.
FDA Safety Communication: caution when using robotically-assisted surgical devices in women's health including mastectomy and other cancer-related surgeries.
MedWatch Safety Alert. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; February 28, 2019.
This announcement seeks to raise awareness of the potential risks associated with the use of robotic-assisted surgical devices in mastectomies or cancer-related care. Recommendations for patients who may seek to have robotically assisted surgery include asking about their surgeon's experience with these procedures and discussing benefits, risks, and alternatives regarding available treatment options with their health care provider. Suggestions for health care providers include completing specialized training on procedures they perform. A WebM&M commentary described the challenges and benefits associated with robotic surgery.