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Simulator Focuses On Pre-Op Motor Skills

July 7, 2014 10:54 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Virtual surgery simulators are being used to help surgeons hone the motor skills they will need in an operating room. This new technology is changing the way doctors prepare for surgery...                           

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New York Allocates $462 Million To Support Key Hospital Services

July 10, 2014 7:34 am | by Michael Virtanen, AP | News | Comments

The funds followed a federal agreement in April for New York to reinvest $8 billion in Medicaid savings to support hospital overhauls and expand primary medical care over five years. The goal is to reduce avoidable hospital use by 25 percent while helping financially struggling institutions shift to more primary and outpatient care.

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2014 ESP Award Submission: Orthopedic OR Beach Chair

July 10, 2014 7:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Quantum Shoulder Positioning System "Beach Chair" features fast no-lift mounting and simplified setup and removal. The chair also offers powered patient elevation and instant, rigid patient fixation for the entire case. Additional features include a 500-pound weight limit and pediatric compatibility. 

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Sunshine Act Unveils Physician Gifts, Etc.

July 10, 2014 7:12 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | Articles | Comments

Nearly 95 percent of U.S. physicians accept gifts, meals, payments, travel and other services from companies that make drugs and medical products. Starting in September the federal government will make available an exhaustive online database of payments to U.S. physicians and hospitals, under a section of the health care overhaul known as the Sunshine Act.

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Minimally Invasive Heart Stents Prove Safer

July 10, 2014 6:51 am | News | Comments

The study documents the benefits within the context of more than a dozen formally tracked patient safety indicators that help monitor and prevent avoidable complications. These PSIs include wound infection, sepsis, hip fracture, accidental puncture or laceration, transfusion reaction and mortality among patients diagnosed as low-risk.

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Delaying ACL Surgery Could Be Detrimental For Younger Athletes

July 10, 2014 6:41 am | News | Comments

"Patients who had surgery 6-12 weeks after ACL injury had 1.45 greater odds of lateral meniscus injury, and those waiting 3+ months increased their risk 2.82 times. The risk for medial meniscal tears was 4.3 times greater when delaying surgery at least 6 weeks."

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Stabilizing Shoulder Surgery Lowers NFL Players Recovery Time

July 10, 2014 6:35 am | News | Comments

A new study, discussed at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's (AOSSM) Annual Meeting detailed that return rates for NFL players is approximately 90 percent, regardless of which stabilization procedure (open vs. arthroscopic) was used.

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VA Apologizes To Whistleblowers Facing Retaliation

July 9, 2014 8:03 am | by Matthew Daly, AP | Blogs | Comments

James Tuchschmidt, the No. 2 official at the Veterans Health Administration, apologized on behalf of the department. "I apologize to everyone whose voice has been stifled. That's not what I stand for. I'm very disillusioned and sickened by all of this."

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Hand Hygiene Improves 3X When Auditors Are Present

July 9, 2014 7:50 am | Articles | Comments

The study examined the Hawthorne effect, also known as observation bias (the tendency of people to change their behavior when they are aware of an observer) using an electronic monitoring hand hygiene system in real-time. Ultrasound "tags" on soap dispensers transmitted a signal to a nearby receiver each time the levers were pushed, and a time-stamped hand hygiene wash was recorded.

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AIDS Research Team Loses $1.38 Million After Faking Results

July 9, 2014 7:37 am | by David Pitt, AP | News | Comments

The team, which consists of 10 researchers, has sufficient funding to continue its work, but experts at federal agencies have stated that it can take two to five years to recover from the negative perceptions created by a misconduct incident. The team's lead researcher was not aware of faked lab work.

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Hospital Pharmacist Charged In Theft Of Pills

July 8, 2014 7:46 pm | by Jennifer Peltz, AP | News | Comments

Prosecutors are still investigating what became of the drugs, but believe the medications ended up on the thriving black market for prescription narcotics where the more than 193,000 missing pills could fetch a total of about $5.6 million.

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Benefit To Removing Gall Bladder For Suspected Common Duct Stone

July 8, 2014 7:38 pm | News | Comments

Among patients with possible common duct stones, removal of the gall bladder, compared with endoscopic assessment of the common duct followed by gall bladder removal, resulted in a shorter length of hospital stay without increased illness and fewer common duct examinations.

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MIS Underused Despite Lower Complication Rates

July 8, 2014 7:32 pm | News | Comments

Minimally invasive surgery has been associated with better outcomes than open surgery, including fewer surgical site infections, less pain and shorter hospital stays. However, analysis shows that some hospitals capable of performing minimally invasive surgery aren't providing it as often as they could.

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Patent-Pending Tomosynthesis for Breast Cancer Radiography

July 8, 2014 1:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Kubtec recently announced its development of TomoSpec, a tomosynthesis technology for digital specimen radiography of excised breast tissue.  The company’s patent-pending technology allows for multi-planar x-ray imaging for thorough margin analysis of excised breast tissue.

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Study Targets Impact Of Health Insurance Expansion on Surgery

July 8, 2014 12:53 pm | News | Comments

Insurance expansion was associated with a 9.3 percent increase in discretionary surgery in Massachusetts and a 4.5 percent decrease in non-discretionary surgery. Authors estimate the ACA could yield an additional 465,934 discretionary surgical procedures by 2017.

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Pace Of Surgical Innovation Concerns Some Surgeons

July 8, 2014 12:44 pm | Articles | Comments

In 2005, patients were twice as likely to experience an adverse event if they were undergoing minimally invasive robotic prostatectomies compared to a traditional open surgical procedure. The following year was considered the tipping point for the adoption of MIRP when it equaled or exceeded 10 percent of all cases.

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