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Better Outcomes And Lower Costs: The Perioperative Surgical Home

June 3, 2014 9:58 am | by Jane C.K. Fitch, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

Whether it’s a knee replacement avoided for years or an urgent life-saving tumor removal, when the decision for surgery occurs, too often the patient begins a journey into a complex system of fragmented medical care. Perioperative care, which generally refers to the three phases of surgery — preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative — can be variable and fragmented...

Doctors Use Immune Therapy Against Cervical Cancer

June 3, 2014 9:33 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | Articles | Comments

Two years ago, Arrica Wallace was riddled with tumors from widely spread cervical cancer that the strongest chemotherapy and radiation could not beat back. Today, the Kansas mother shows no signs of the disease, and it was her own immune system that made it go away...

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Product Q&A: Ansell's Gammex Non-Latex Sensitive Surgical Glove

June 2, 2014 12:05 pm | by Ansell | Articles | Comments

The GAMMEX Non-Latex Sensitive surgical glove is a unique solution that offers a complete protection against latex and chemical allergies, and an advanced level of sensitivity and comfort thanks to the new SENSOPRENE formulation. It provides the superior strength, resistance, and grip consistent with all Ansell surgical gloves...

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Implementing Lean: A Hospital Case Study

June 2, 2014 11:53 am | by Kim Barnas | Blogs | Comments

Lean was a serious initiative from the beginning. It was energetically championed by our CEO at that time, John Toussaint, MD, who began his own lean investigations in 2002. By this time, I was a vice president with operational responsibilities in the hospitals for obstetrics, cancer care, and surgery, in addition to the philanthropic foundations, so I was involved from the beginning of our ambitious lean initiative...

Zimmer A.T.S. 4000 Tourniquet System

June 2, 2014 11:48 am | by Zimmer | Zimmer, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Treating every patient with precise, personalized pressure is the inspiration behind Zimmer’s market-leading Tourniquet System design. Only Zimmer Tourniquet Systems have Personalized Pressure Technology.

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Study: Side Effects Experienced By BRCA Mutation Carriers Following Cancer Risk-Reducing Surgery

June 2, 2014 11:32 am | by Penn Medicine | News | Comments

The majority of women with cancer causing BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations experience sexual dysfunction, menopausal symptoms, cognitive and stress issues, and poor sleep following prophylactic removal of their Fallopian tubes and ovaries - a procedure known as risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy (RRSO) - according to results of a new study from the Abramson Cancer Center and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania...

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MRSA Rates Varied Dramatically Across Geographic Areas

June 2, 2014 11:26 am | by Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (LA BioMed) | News | Comments

The rates of community-onset methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CO-MRSA) varied dramatically among academic medical centers in California, New York, Illinois and North Carolina, suggesting there is not a uniform change in the "national epidemic" of the "superbug" that has generated extensive public health concern over the past decade, according to a new study...

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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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