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10 Guidelines for Googling Patients

February 3, 2015 12:23 pm | by Penn State College of Medicine | News | Comments

With the internet and social media becoming woven into the modern medical practice, Penn State College of Medicine researchers contend that professional medical societies must update or amend their Internet guidelines to address when it is ethical to "Google" a patient.

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Study Links Surgical Quality Improvement Program To Outcomes And Costs

February 3, 2015 12:14 pm | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

The study showed slight overall improvements in all hospitals over a three-year period, but there were no significant differences in mortality rates, serious complications, re-operations or readmissions between hospitals that were involved in quality programs and those that were not.

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Post-Op Complications Producing More Readmissions

February 3, 2015 11:55 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

When examining early (within seven days of discharge) and late (more than seven days after discharge) unplanned readmissions, the top three reasons for readmission were SSI, ileus or obstruction, and bleeding.                  

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Stress Balls, DVDs, Conversation Ease Surgical Recovery

February 2, 2015 10:42 am | by University of Surrey | News | Comments

New research has found that simple distraction techniques, such as talking to a nurse, watching a DVD or using stress balls, can help patients to relax during varicose vein surgery and reduce their pain.         

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Gemini Sterilization Wrap

February 2, 2015 10:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Medline is introducing Gemini wrap, the next generation of sterilization wrap shown to have greater material strength than the competition to ensure the integrity of the sterilization process.

Exploring 4K Technology in the OR

February 2, 2015 10:09 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Articles | Comments

The operating room continues to push the limits of procedural innovation and technological capability. Recently, Surgical Products sat down with some industry experts to gauge their input on how many of these new technologies will impact the surgical community, from both an implementation and procurement perspective.

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President Obama Tells Parents to Get Kids Vaccinated

February 1, 2015 9:59 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In response to the recent outbreak, the President says measles outbreaks are preventable. He says he understands that some families are concerned about vaccinations, but the science on them is "pretty indisputable."                                    

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Repealing Medical Device Tax No Easy Task

February 1, 2015 9:50 pm | by Alan Fram, AP | News | Comments

The chances for repealing the 2.3 percent tax on medical devices are better than ever. Yet abolishing the tax won't be easy, even though Republicans rank it a top priority and are backed by Democrats from states that rely on the industry for jobs.

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The Only Full Spectrum Pulsed Xenon UV Disinfection System

January 30, 2015 12:49 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Unlike mercury UV and hydrogen peroxide systems, Xenex robots produce broad spectrum ultraviolet C that penetrates the cell walls of microorganisms, prevents mutation and kills organisms on surfaces without contact or chemicals in under five minutes.

OR Lighting For Hip, Knee, General Surgeries

January 30, 2015 12:40 pm | Product Releases | Comments

American Ultraviolet's OR Package for infection prevention is safe, low maintenance, and features a typical lamp life of two to three years.

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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