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Surgeons Report Fewer Postoperative Deep-Vein Blood Clots Using Risk-Based Preventive Measures

June 2, 2014 11:22 am | by American College of Surgeons | News | Comments

Results from a surgical quality improvement study indicate that the odds of this common and potentially life-threatening postoperative complication steadily declined after the implementation of a multicomponent prevention program in a hospital’s department of surgery...

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More Patients With Ovarian Cancer Are Receiving Chemotherapy Before Surgery

June 2, 2014 11:18 am | by Fox Chase Cancer Center | News | Comments

The use of chemotherapy before surgery to remove ovarian cancer has increased dramatically in recent decades, particularly among certain patients, according to a new analysis from Fox Chase Cancer Center that will be presented at the 50th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology...                     

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Doctor Rushed Into Emergency Surgery Finds Out Patient Is His Mentor

June 2, 2014 10:11 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

Dr. George Pierson saves the life of his former teacher who was recently rushed into the emergency room in critical condition.                                                  

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Medicare Ban On Sex Reassignment Surgery Lifted

June 2, 2014 9:19 am | by Lisa Leff, Associated Press | News | Comments

Medicare can no longer automatically deny coverage requests for sex reassignment surgeries, a federal board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision that recognizes the procedures are medically necessary for some people who don't identify with their biological sex...

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Clinical Scholars Review Shines Policy Spotlight On Nurse Anesthetists

May 30, 2014 9:59 am | by Columbia University Medical Center | News | Comments

As a profession, nurse anesthesia is at a tipping point. While recent federal legislation and changes to the U.S. Medicare program have expanded opportunities for certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) to provide care to more patients and receive reimbursement for their services, many states still restrict their scope of practice and limit their pay...

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Health Technology Must Improve Patient Safety

May 30, 2014 9:44 am | by J. Leonard Lichtenfeld, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

This was the dream: We would use technology to create a seamless health care system, one where people, computers and machines would work together to improve patient care in many different ways. Healthcare would be more efficient, it would be safer, it would be less expensive, we would be able to transfer health-related information quickly and accurately...

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Ohio Family Settles Over Kidney Thrown In Trash By Nurse

May 30, 2014 9:39 am | by John Seewer, Associated Press | News | Comments

A family that sued after a nurse tossed a healthy kidney in the trash during a transplant has settled its lawsuit against an Ohio hospital for $650,000. A patient, Sarah Fudacz, who was 24 at the time, was to receive her brother's kidney in 2012 but awoke without having undergone surgery because the nurse had accidentally thrown it out...

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Medtronic Settles Whistleblower Lawsuit for $9.9M

May 30, 2014 9:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Medical device maker Medtronic Inc. will pay the U.S. Department of Justice $9.9 million to settle a lawsuit that accused the company of giving doctors gifts in return for using its defibrillators and pacemakers. The lawsuit unsealed this week accused Medtronic of funneling "millions of dollars in unrestricted grant money to physicians" to get them to encourage the use of Medtronic defibrillators and pacemakers...

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Denver Broncos Safety Rahim Moore Back After Emergency Surgery

May 30, 2014 9:31 am | by Arnie Stapleton, AP Pro Football Writer | Articles | Comments

A year ago at this time, Denver Broncos safety Rahim Moore was dealing with the emotional scars of having allowed Jacoby Jones' game-turning touchdown in the playoffs. He used it as fodder for a spectacular 2013 season, one which ended in November with a rare muscle condition. Now, it's a physical scar that serves as his motivation...

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Improved Identification Of War Wound Infections Promises More Successful Treatment

May 30, 2014 9:21 am | by American Society for Microbiology | News | Comments

War wounds that heal successfully frequently contain different microbial species from those that heal poorly, according to a paper published ahead of print in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology. These and other findings have important implications for improving wound healing...

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2014 ESP Award Submission: Medisafe Niagara SI PCF Washer Disinfector

May 30, 2014 9:08 am | by Medisafe America | Medisafe America | Product Releases | Comments

The Medisafe Niagara SI PCF Washer Disinfector is the first da Vinci-validated WD with an ultrasonic irrigation cleaning chamber and air purge drying. According to the company, it can reprocess 144 instruments in 29 minutes or 20 EndoWrists.

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2014 ESP Award Submission: Megadyne's Mega Soft Universal Patient Return Electrode

May 29, 2014 10:34 am | by Megadyne | Megadyne Medical Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Megadyne's Mega Soft Universal Patient Return Electrode is simply set on the operating room table, virtually eliminating the small disposable sticky pad that can damage the patient’s skin. It is approved for use on patients 350gms and up with no maximum weight, can be used either side up, and weighs only four pounds. Mega Softs have been used in 55 million procedures with zero pad site burns. Mega Soft Universal offers a hold-harmless indemnification against pad site burns.

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Managing Unhappy Patients After Surgery

May 29, 2014 10:18 am | by Sid Schwab, MD | Blogs | Comments

Surgery is simple: You come to me with a problem, I fix it, you go away happy. And when you come back, you’re still happy. What’s so wrong with that? If I wanted to be miserable, I’d have gone into primary care. When a surgeon screws up, his/her role is clear: Admit it, make it better, or as good as possible, and stick with it as long as it takes. But what about when you don’t screw up, and the patient is still unhappy?

Taking Prescribed Anti-Clotting Drug May Help Save Stent Patients' Lives

May 29, 2014 10:11 am | by American Heart Association | News | Comments

If you've just received a coronary artery stent to prop open a blood vessel, your life may depend on filling your prescription and taking an anti-clotting drug within days of leaving the hospital, according to a large study...     

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Researchers Address Major Geographic Disparities In Access To Kidney Transplantation

May 29, 2014 10:06 am | by Wiley | News | Comments

There is substantial geographic variation in access to kidney transplantation among the more than 4000 US dialysis facilities that treat patients with kidney failure, with a disproportionate lack of access to those in the Southeast. Certain factors seem to explain these differences, and they underscore the need for political, financial, and health systems changes to reduce transplant inequities across the country...

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