Loren Riskin

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PURPOSE OF REVIEW Gossypibomas are surgical sponges that are unintentionally left inside a patient during a surgical procedure. To improve this patient safety indicator, anesthesiologists will need to work with operating room personnel. This study's goal was to systematically review the literature on retained sponges to identify body location, time to(More)
BACKGROUND Exsanguinating hemorrhage necessitating massive blood product transfusion is associated with high mortality rates. Recent data suggest that altering the fresh frozen plasma to packed red blood cell ratio (FFP:PRBC) results in significant mortality reductions. Our purpose was to evaluate mortality and blood product use in the context of a newly(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW External quality assessment programs in the form of pay for performance, report cards and national rankings are rapidly overtaking more traditional, internal quality assessment efforts and external clinical practice guidelines. Although such initiatives are designed to improve healthcare quality by promoting competition and increasing(More)
Despite substantial investments in health information technology (HIT), the nation's goals of reducing cost and improving outcomes through HIT remain elusive. This period of transition, with new Office of National Coordinator for HIT leadership, upcoming Meaningful Use Stage III definitions, and increasing congressional oversight, is opportune to consider(More)
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