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Why New OR Visualization Tech is Worth the Cost

January 29, 2015 12:26 pm | by Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

Visualization technology in the OR is ever-changing, with new solutions on tap for 2015 and beyond. Knowing that 3D imaging and 4K visualization is cutting edge might not be enough to justify the purchase, so Surgical Products sat down with some key thought leaders to garner their perspective.

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Better LED Lighting In The OR

January 29, 2015 12:06 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The unit can be mobile via battery power or fixed and mounted on floor stands, ceilings or walls. All illumination fields carry 5", 3" or 1" diameters that are dimmable from 3-100 percent.

Enhancements at the Point of Care

January 29, 2015 11:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

With image quality going to the pixel level, courtesy of Pixelformer™ image processing architecture, this updated version of the ACUSON Freestyle system covers a wide range of ultrasound imaging for diagnostic and procedural cases, including vascular, musculoskeletal, and nerve imaging.

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Pre-Op Stop/Go Checklist

January 28, 2015 11:57 am | by Anaesthesia Associates of Massachusetts (AAM) | Product Releases | Comments

Anaesthesia Associates of Massachusetts (AAM), a leading provider of anesthesia services, and Plexus Management Group, Inc., a market-leading anesthesia management company, announced the launch of their latest product, The Preoperative Stop/Go Sign.

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Insurance Marketplace Tops 9.5 Million Enrollees

January 28, 2015 11:50 am | by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services | News | Comments

Nationwide, 9.5 million consumers selected or were automatically re-enrolled in health insurance coverage from the Health Insurance Marketplace, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Of those, more than 7.1 million were in states using the HealthCare.gov platform.

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Pittsburgh Hospitals Reduce Emergency Visits with Patient Navigators

January 28, 2015 11:34 am | by Accenture | News | Comments

Three hospitals in western Pennsylvania had a 43 percent reduction in excessive emergency department visits by using patient navigators - trained members of the community who connect patients with essential care services – as part of a pilot study.

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Benefits of Surgery for Epilepsy Sustained for 15+ Years

January 28, 2015 11:22 am | by Henry Ford Health System | News | Comments

In addition to other findings, the survey indicated that 32 percent were seizure-free and 75 percent had favorable results. Compared to before surgery, patients were more likely to be driving and more likely to be taking antidepressant medication, but less likely to be working full time.

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Mother Charged with Contaminating Son's IV

January 28, 2015 10:57 am | by AP | News | Comments

Prosecutors say 35-year-old Candida Fluty, of Kermit, West Virginia, was indicted on charges of felonious assault and child endangering. The woman could face up to eight years in prison if convicted of all charges.            

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Web Search Playing A Larger Role In Selecting Bariatric Surgery Options

January 28, 2015 10:52 am | by Obesity Surgery | News | Comments

While most use it to read up on relevant procedures and experiences, one in every four patients actually chooses a surgeon based solely on what he or she has gleaned from, in particular, websites hosted by public hospitals and former patients.

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Negative Patient-Doctor Communication Can Create "Nocebo" Response

January 27, 2015 11:11 am | by University of Exeter; American Journal of Medicine | News | Comments

Doctors who unintentionally communicate to patients that they do not believe or understand them could actually make symptoms worse, a new study suggests. Research indicates that a type of "nocebo" response - where patients perceive a lack of acceptance from their doctor - could create anger and distress.

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3D Printing Repairs Tracheal Damage

January 27, 2015 11:00 am | by North Shore-Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Health System; The Society of Thoracic Surgeons | News | Comments

Researchers have been able to combine advancements in tissue engineering and 3D printing to construct new cartilage for airway construction in repairing damaged windpipe and trachea segments. The approach offers greater customization for varying patients, including children. 

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CT May Be Overused in the ER

January 27, 2015 10:32 am | by American Roentgen Ray Society | News | Comments

The use of head CT as part of a screening examination, rather than as a diagnostic tool, likely stems from increased pressure on emergency physicians to evaluate and differentiate between benign and life-threatening causes of dizziness and syncope.

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Medicare Payment Overhaul On Its Way

January 27, 2015 1:24 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP | News | Comments

Medicare will change the way it pays hospitals and doctors to reward quality over volume. It's a shift that officials hope will be a catalyst for the nation's $3 trillion healthcare system.                           

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Search for Less Invasive Brain Surgery Leads to Eyelid

January 27, 2015 1:07 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP | News | Comments

The idea: make a small incision right in the crease and sneak past the eyeball into the hard-to-reach center of the head. "The nice thing about it is, we have to saw off much less of your head."                 

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How Cancer Turns Good Cells to the Dark Side

January 26, 2015 10:55 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

A new computational study shows how cancer cells take advantage of the system by which cells communicate with their neighbors as they pass messages to "be like me" or "be not like me."                                

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