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Lean Management Could Improve Healthcare

January 30, 2015 12:30 pm | by Monash University | News | Comments

Waiting times in hospital emergency departments could be cut with the introduction of Lean Management and Six Sigma techniques. Lean Management involves never-ending efforts to eliminate or reduce 'waste' while Six Sigma is a disciplined, data-driven method for eliminating defects.

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Positive Surgical Results For Bodybuilders with Gynecomastia

January 30, 2015 12:23 pm | by Wolters Kluwer Health | News | Comments

For several reasons, gynecomastia surgery in bodybuilders calls for a different approach. In contrast to other groups of gynecomastia patients, who tend to be overweight or obese, bodybuilders usually don't need removal of excess fat or skin.

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Report: Neurosurgeons Practicing Defensive Medicine

January 30, 2015 12:12 pm | by Wolters Kluwer Health | News | Comments

More than 80 percent of surgeons said they had ordered imaging tests solely for defensive reasons, while more than three-fourths reported ordering laboratory tests and making extra referrals for defensive purposes. Up to half said they ordered more medications and procedures out of fear of being sued.

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Lack of Vaccinations Leading Some To "Fire" The Patient

January 30, 2015 11:57 am | by Alicia Chang, AP | News | Comments

The tough-love approach — which comes amid the nation's second-biggest measles outbreak in at least 15 years, with at least 98 cases reported since last month — raises questions about doctors' ethical responsibilities.                  

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Occipital-Cervical-Thoracic (OCT) System

January 29, 2015 1:34 pm | by Depuy Spine, Inc. | Depuy Spine, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

DEPUY offers their Screw-Rod Occipital-Cervical-Thoracic System, which was recently cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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New Model For Preserving Donor Tissue Will Aid Joint Repair Procedures

January 29, 2015 1:13 pm | by University of Missouri-Columbi | News | Comments

Currently, doctors have to throw away more than 80 percent of donated tissue used for joint replacements because the tissue does not survive long enough to be transplanted. Following a recent study, researchers have developed a new technology that more than doubles the life of the tissue.

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Facelift Surgery After Massive Weight Loss Posses Challenges

January 29, 2015 1:01 pm | by Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery | News | Comments

In the facial area, excess skin causes cosmetic problems like a "droopy" face and "turkey" neck. The researchers note that patients are particularly displeased because they cannot camouflage this area with clothing.                     

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Louisiana Hospital Guarantees Hip & Knee Surgeries

January 29, 2015 12:51 pm | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center is aiming to reassure patients that they will not receive any additional bills for costs associated with surgery-related follow-up care that occurs within 30 days of the procedure.

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Why New OR Visualization Tech is Worth the Cost

January 29, 2015 12:26 pm | by Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

Visualization technology in the OR is ever-changing, with new solutions on tap for 2015 and beyond. Knowing that 3D imaging and 4K visualization is cutting edge might not be enough to justify the purchase, so Surgical Products sat down with some key thought leaders to garner their perspective.

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Better LED Lighting In The OR

January 29, 2015 12:06 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The unit can be mobile via battery power or fixed and mounted on floor stands, ceilings or walls. All illumination fields carry 5", 3" or 1" diameters that are dimmable from 3-100 percent.

Enhancements at the Point of Care

January 29, 2015 11:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

With image quality going to the pixel level, courtesy of Pixelformer™ image processing architecture, this updated version of the ACUSON Freestyle system covers a wide range of ultrasound imaging for diagnostic and procedural cases, including vascular, musculoskeletal, and nerve imaging.

Pre-Op Stop/Go Checklist

January 28, 2015 11:57 am | by Anaesthesia Associates of Massachusetts (AAM) | Product Releases | Comments

Anaesthesia Associates of Massachusetts (AAM), a leading provider of anesthesia services, and Plexus Management Group, Inc., a market-leading anesthesia management company, announced the launch of their latest product, The Preoperative Stop/Go Sign.

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Insurance Marketplace Tops 9.5 Million Enrollees

January 28, 2015 11:50 am | by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services | News | Comments

Nationwide, 9.5 million consumers selected or were automatically re-enrolled in health insurance coverage from the Health Insurance Marketplace, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Of those, more than 7.1 million were in states using the HealthCare.gov platform.

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Pittsburgh Hospitals Reduce Emergency Visits with Patient Navigators

January 28, 2015 11:34 am | by Accenture | News | Comments

Three hospitals in western Pennsylvania had a 43 percent reduction in excessive emergency department visits by using patient navigators - trained members of the community who connect patients with essential care services – as part of a pilot study.

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Benefits of Surgery for Epilepsy Sustained for 15+ Years

January 28, 2015 11:22 am | by Henry Ford Health System | News | Comments

In addition to other findings, the survey indicated that 32 percent were seizure-free and 75 percent had favorable results. Compared to before surgery, patients were more likely to be driving and more likely to be taking antidepressant medication, but less likely to be working full time.

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