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Primum Non Nocere

February 9, 2015 1:29 pm | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Blogs | Comments

“I want the surgery today!” She started to cry. “I’m ninety-four years old. I’ll accept any risk. Just take this thing out!” She looked back and forth between the anesthesiologist and me. Her golf-ball sized tongue cancer had been growing over the past six months.

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Despite Recommendations, Mastectomy Patients Passing On Post-Op Chemo

February 9, 2015 1:13 pm | by American College of Surgeons | News | Comments

Only 65 percent of women are getting the recommended postmastectomy radiation therapy (PMRT). Since 2000, the National Cancer Institute and the American Society of Clinical Oncology have recommended PMRT, in addition to chemotherapy, for most breast cancer patients who opt for breast removal and have a high risk of tumor recurrence.

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Basing Trauma Center Designations On Population Needs

February 9, 2015 12:54 pm | News | Comments

At their core, trauma systems are developed to achieve care that is optimal for injured patients. The problem is that some areas are now seeing a perceived oversupply of trauma centers because the provision of trauma care can, in some instances, become highly profitable.

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Facilities Facing More Pressure To Prevent Bed Sores

February 9, 2015 12:36 pm | by Kevin Damask | Articles | Comments

On average, the cost of managing one full-thickness pressure ulcer can cost nearly $70,000. In the U.S., the total cost for treating pressure ulcers is estimated at $11 billion annually.                                       

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Next Generation Insulation Tester

February 9, 2015 12:19 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Jac-Cell insulation tester is the original portable battery-operated insulation plus continuity tester. The tester features third-generation microcontroller driven, completely reusable accessories and was tested at 2800 volts DC with continuous tension.

Flexible Inspection Scope

February 9, 2015 12:13 pm | by Healthmark | Product Releases | Comments

The Flexible Inspection Scope includes a distal tip composed of a light source, a camera lens at the end of a 50 cm, flexible shaft, and is designed for instruments 3.2 mm in diameter or larger.

You Get What You Pay For In Emergency Care

February 6, 2015 10:47 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

To those unfamiliar with healthcare policy debates, the finding might seem predictable. But in recent years some frequently cited studies have suggested that higher spending levels do not necessarily produce better levels of care. This study supports the notion of higher costs equating to better care.

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Hospital Report Cards Not Influencing Surgery Outcomes

February 6, 2015 10:34 am | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

Hospitals and doctors see how their overall performance stacks up against others, but this quality reporting, a recent report found, is not enough to accelerate the pace of improvement in surgical safety - nor cost savings. However, that doesn't mean such efforts should stop, or aren't worthwhile, it adds.

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ACS: New Colorectal Approach Cuts Time, Costs

February 6, 2015 8:34 am | by American College of Surgeons | News | Comments

"This study shows just how successful small investments can be at raising the quality of care for patients. I think in five years this will be the standard way that we are managing patients, because the results are so dramatic.”                                

Mixed Results in Five-Year Follow-Ups With Patients of BMIs Over 50

February 6, 2015 8:23 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch resulted in more weight loss and better improvement in blood lipids and glucose when compared with usual gastric bypass surgery, but duodenal switch was also associated with more long-term surgical and nutritional complications, according to a recent report.

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The OR Suite 2.0 … And Counting

February 6, 2015 8:03 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Articles | Comments

Hospital and surgery center IT departments are being tasked with networking challenges related to more data flowing at higher transmission speeds. As the OR embraces new hybrid functionality, increased wireless connectivity and greater access to patient information, IT departments are in a constant battle to keep pace.

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Better LED Lighting In The OR

February 6, 2015 7:44 am | by Enova Illumination | Product Releases | Comments

The light itself is 125,000+ lux of pure white homogenous light for true tissue rendition and deep cavity illumination, and comes with attachable lenses/filters to customize color temperature and polarization.

Hip and Knee Surgical Needs Continue to Rise

February 5, 2015 9:53 am | by iData Research | News | Comments

“Solid market growth here is largely driven by demographics. The majority of knee arthroplasty patients are aged 60 and above, and usually require a total knee replacement. By this stage, it is more likely that the entire knee is suffering from arthritis.”

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Surgery May Reduce Life Expectancy for Super Obese

February 5, 2015 9:36 am | by University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center | News | Comments

"For most patients with diabetes and a BMI greater than 35, bariatric surgery increases life expectancy. However, the benefit of surgery decreases as BMI increases. The patients with a BMI over 62 likely don't gain any life expectancy with surgery."

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DoD-Funded Study to Tackle Chronic Amputee Pain

February 5, 2015 9:10 am | by Northwestern Medicine | News | Comments

Researchers are leading a new multi-center clinical trial to evaluate a unique surgical method, known as targeted muscle reinnervation, to treat chronic pain that can result from limb amputation. Amputees develop chronic pain in the remaining portion of their amputated limb, which can include phantom limb syndrome, and prevents many patients from using prostheses.

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