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Point Of Impact: Talking Sharps Safety And Needlestick Prevention

April 7, 2014 9:47 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

The numbers don’t lie. The sharps injury rate in surgical settings has increased in the 14 years since the passage of the federal Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act of 2000. While the rate of injury has dropped approximately 31.6 percent in non-surgical settings, it has increased about 6.5 percent in the operating room. Why?

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New York Out-Of-Network Insurance Coverage Mandated

April 4, 2014 10:45 am | by Michael Virtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Starting next year, patients in New York will be protected from the surprise out-of-network medical bills that have pushed some toward personal bankruptcy. The measure signed into law this week is scheduled to take effect April 1, 2015...

Research Respondents Recognize Supply Chain Deficiencies Keeping Hospital ORs In The 'Stone Age'

April 4, 2014 9:57 am | Articles | Comments

Despite the fact the healthcare industry is fueled by scientific advancement, too many hospitals find themselves stalled at a crossroads, struggling to embrace business-focused technologies and best practices that will allow them to flourish in the decades to come. This is the troubling picture painted by results of a new independent survey released by GHX...

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Virtual Reality, Telehealth, And The Future Of Healthcare

April 4, 2014 9:26 am | by Jay H. Sanders, M.D., Chief Wellness Officer, Remain Home Solutions | Blogs | Comments

With Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus VR, the maker of the virtual reality headset Oculus Rift – and its implication for “virtual house calls” – the U.S. healthcare system seems poised to make a powerful shift toward the telehealth model. According to some experts, 50 percent of face-to-face doctor consultations can be easily handled via virtual reality devices...

Researchers Show Impact Of Long-Term Vitamin D Insufficiency On Fracture Risk

April 4, 2014 9:20 am | News | Comments

A study presented today at the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases shows that long-term low levels of vitamin D intake are associated with higher 10-year fracture risk in elderly women.       

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Hair Removal System

April 4, 2014 9:04 am | by CareFusion | Carefusion | Product Releases | Comments

CareFusion announced availability of the ClipVac hair removal system from Surgical Site Solutions, Inc., designed exclusively for a new innovative clipper handle from CareFusion. The ClipVac system connects to CareFusion’s new surgical clippers and is designed to improve the current hair removal practice by using vacuum technology to capture hair clippings as the hair is cut at the source.

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ER Doctors Commonly Miss More Strokes Among Women, Minorities, And Younger Patients

April 4, 2014 8:57 am | News | Comments

Analyzing federal healthcare data, a team of researchers led by a Johns Hopkins specialist concluded that doctors overlook or discount the early signs of potentially disabling strokes in tens of thousands of American each year, a large number of them visitors to emergency rooms complaining of dizziness or headaches...

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Study: More Than Half Of High-Risk Alcohol Users Report Improvement After Surgery

April 4, 2014 8:52 am | News | Comments

Much has been reported about the potential for increased risk of alcohol misuse after weight loss surgery (WLS), with most theories pointing to lower alcohol tolerance and a longer time to return to a sober state after surgery, but a new study from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center suggests that upwards of half of high-risk drinkers are actually less likely to report high-risk drinking behavior after weight loss surgery...

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The NuBOOM S

April 3, 2014 10:51 am | by CompView Medical | Compview Medical | Product Releases | Comments

CompView Medical announces the NuBOOM S. The NuBOOM S provides HD images to surgeons during minimally invasive surgery, while providing an equipment organizational system that removes trip hazards and clutter to improve staff and patient safety. The NuBOOM S is the third in the family of NuBOOM models.

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Symmetry Sharp Kerrison

April 3, 2014 10:37 am | by Symmetry Medical Inc./Symmetry Surgical | Product Releases | Comments

Symmetry Medical Inc. announced that its subsidiary, Symmetry Surgical, is launching the Symmetry Sharp Kerrison. According to the company, the product is a first-of-its-kind, patented surgical instrument designed with discerning surgeons and healthcare professionals in mind, providing a sharp tip every time.

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A Match-Day Lament: 'We Will Rank You Very Highly'

April 3, 2014 10:26 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

A medical student and I were discussing his experience with this year's resident matching process. He told me he had interviewed at 18 programs and ranked 17 of them. He matched to a categorical five-year general surgery position at his sixth choice hospital and was satisfied...

Retirees Help Caregivers Cope With Hospital Stays

April 3, 2014 10:17 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Edwin Pacheco was in and out of the hospital for months. He'd survived one organ transplant and desperately needed another. But he wasn't the only one suffering. Few people asked how his wife was holding up as she kept vigil, cornered hard-to-understand doctors, and held job and family together...

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Transplant Drugs May Help Wipe Out Persistent HIV Infections

April 3, 2014 10:08 am | News | Comments

New research suggests that drugs commonly used to prevent organ rejection after transplantation may also be helpful for combating HIV. The findings suggest a new strategy in the fight against HIV and AIDS...          

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New Method Of Computer-Guided Spine Surgery Beneficial For Spinal Reconstruction

April 3, 2014 10:03 am | News | Comments

In a series of research studies, Cedars-Sinai spinal surgeons show that a new method of computer-guided spine surgery is beneficial for spinal reconstruction and for treating complex tumors and degenerative spine problems, resulting in fewer complications and better outcomes for patients...

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Test Accurately Rules Out Heart Attacks In The ER

April 3, 2014 9:58 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | Articles | Comments

A simple test appears very good at ruling out heart attacks in people who go to emergency rooms with chest pain, a big public health issue and a huge worry for patients. A large study in Sweden found that the blood test plus the usual electrocardiogram of the heartbeat were 99 percent accurate at showing which patients could safely be sent home rather than be admitted for observation and more diagnostics...

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