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Q&A: Researcher Says c-FLOW Offers Go-To Solution

April 24, 2015 | by Rebecca Rudolph, editor | News | Comments

"One of the most important challenges we face, as neurocritical care and stroke doctors, is to develop a way to directly and continuously measure cerebral blood flow in patients," he said.

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Hospitals Can Do More to Prevent C. diff Infections, a Study Reports

April 24, 2015 10:00 am | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

While nearly all of the 398 hospitals in the study use a variety of measures to protect their patients from the bug, 48 percent haven't adopted strict limits on the use of antibiotics and other drugs that can allow Clostridium defficile to flourish.

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The Transformation of Healthcare Attire and its Role in Protecting Providers and Patients

April 23, 2015 9:43 am | by ​Amber Mitchell, DrPH, MPH, CPH and Bill Borwegen, MPH | Blogs | Comments

In November 2014 the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) issued updated recommended practices for surgical attire. While the recommendations include the use of surgical masks and cover apparel, perhaps most interesting with respect to new science is the focus on scrub attire. 

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VA Pledges Broad Review of Claims Processing

April 23, 2015 9:26 am | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Department of Veterans Affairs said Wednesday it has launched a top-down review of its handling of disability claims and pledged to punish those who falsify data as pressure mounted on Capitol Hill for personnel changes amid mismanagement investigations in Philadelphia and other VA facilities.

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Stem Cells That Prevent Birth Defect Also Repair Facial Injury

April 23, 2015 9:22 am | by University of Southern California | News | Comments

Researchers have pinpointed a primary cause of a rare skull disorder in infants, and the discovery could help wounded soldiers, car-wreck victims and other patients recover from disfiguring facial injuries. 

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Device Could Potentialy Enhance the Viability of Donor Livers

April 23, 2015 9:16 am | by EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF THE LIVER | News | Comments

Many centers are reluctant to use DCD livers since they might jeopardize graft function post-transplantation.

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Increasing Antibiotic Shortages Raise Concerns

April 23, 2015 9:10 am | by INFECTIOUS DISEASES SOCIETY OF AMERICA | News | Comments

Analyzing data from the University of Utah Drug Information Service database, a national database of drug shortages, the researchers found that 148 antibiotics experienced shortages during the study period, with an upward trend starting in 2007. 

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Triple Negative Breast Cancer in African-American Women has Distinct Difference

April 22, 2015 9:36 am | by GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER | News | Comments

A new study reveals specific genetic alterations that appears to impact their prognosis and ultimately survival rates.

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Surgeons See Through the Smoke

April 22, 2015 9:30 am | by Rebecca Rudolph, editor | Articles | Comments

More than 41 gasses are found in surgical plume, such as, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and benzene, along with other viruses, bacteria, small viral particulates and carcinogens.

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A Recipe for Long-lasting Liver Donations

April 22, 2015 9:17 am | by RIKEN | News | Comments

Lengthening these times is a high-priority goal in transplant research, and the team at RIKEN was able to do so using a 3D organ-perfusion system that supplies oxygen to the donor organ and keeps it at an ideal temperature.

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Fluid Management: Keeping It Safe, Quick and Clean

April 21, 2015 4:57 pm | by Jeff Reinke, executive editor | Articles | Comments

Industry leaders weighed in on best practices for managing fluid collection and disposal in helping improve OR efficiency and infection control procedures during a brainstorm facilitated by Surgical Products. 

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Scientists Examine Wound Healing at Molecular Level

April 21, 2015 10:51 am | by GOETHE UNIVERSITY FRANKFURT | News | Comments

In order to prevent death by bleeding or infection, every wound (skin opening) must close at some point. The events leading to skin closure had been unclear for many years.

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Achieving Healthcare Reform’s Goals of Higher Quality, Cost Effective Care through Reposable Laparoscopic Instrumentation

April 21, 2015 9:26 am | by Mario Nutis, M.D., FACOG, professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and medical director of the Center of Excellence of Minimally Invasive Surgery at Del Sol Hospital Center | Blogs | Comments

In this era of reform, where surgeons must strive for both positive patient and financial outcomes, many are turning to reposable laparoscopic instrumentation.

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AHRQ Report: Quality of Care and Patient Safety Are Improving

April 21, 2015 9:18 am | by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality | News | Comments

This year’s report has been consolidated and tracks performance measures that align with the National Quality Strategy. 

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Physicians Want Dr. Oz Gone From Columbia Medical Faculty

April 21, 2015 9:06 am | by Verena Dobnik, Associated Press | News | Comments

 "Dr. Oz has repeatedly shown disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine," said a letter the 10 physicians sent to a Columbia dean earlier this week.

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Inside Knowledge: Superfast Imaging Machine Takes Young Patients on a Pirate Ship While Doctors Work

April 21, 2015 9:01 am | by GE Reports staff | News | Comments

Last year, however, some physicians started using a superfast CT scanner made by GE that allows them to analyze the bone structure in great detail. Images acquired by the machine can help clinicians improve the surgery planning process.

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