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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.”                                

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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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GOP: Scrap Obama Health Law, Use Tax Credits

February 5, 2015 8:52 am | by Alan Fram, AP | News | Comments

Republican lawmakers eager to repeal President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul are touting tax credits and greater leeway for states and health insurers. Enacted in 2010, the Affordable Care Act is a growing political liability for Republicans as an estimated 19 million Americans will receive coverage as a result of the law, including many in GOP-dominated states.

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Robotic Hands Could Improve Cancer Treatments

February 5, 2015 8:36 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

The development of a flexible, microscopic hand-like gripper could help doctors perform remotely-guided surgical procedures, perform biopsies or create biodegradable, miniaturized surgical tools that could safely dissolve in the body.         

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Education Key to Safer Electrosurgical Procedures

February 5, 2015 7:54 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Articles | Comments

The effects of surgical smoke in the operating room can be hazardous to both medical personnel and patients. Recently, Surgical Products reached out to a number of experts in the field for their input on best practices for managing this element of electrosurgery, and for tips on how to avoid problems that are often overlooked.

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Cryoablation and Intra-tumoral Injection Offer Promise as Cancer Treatment

February 4, 2015 11:43 am | by Image Guided Cancer Specialists | News | Comments

Research shows that cryoablation can be an effective treatment alternative for multiple cancer types. By itself, the technique can destroy tumors from the inside out. When combined with a pair of recently approved drugs, cryoablation can help stimulate the body's own immune response to seek out and destroy remaining cancer cells and prevent tumor regrowth.

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Mayo Clinic: Surgical Metrics Do Not Provide Path to Improvement

February 4, 2015 11:28 am | by Mayo Clinic | News | Comments

The authors suggest that a surgical outcomes reporting system does not provide a clear mechanism for quality improvement. The inability of these outcomes monitoring systems to produce measurable improvements may be related to difficulties in identifying mechanisms that translate changes in how surgical care is provided.

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Obama: Health Law Repeal Makes No Sense

February 4, 2015 11:21 am | by AP | News | Comments

President Obama spoke from the White House Roosevelt Room, surrounded at a conference table by 10 Americans from across the country who wrote him letters about how they benefited from the Affordable Care Act.             

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