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Study: Patient Satisfaction Not Necessarily An Indicator Of Surgical Quality

April 19, 2013 8:32 am | by Jordan Rau | Comments

The researchers found little relationship between a hospital’s patient satisfaction scores and most quality ratings. “At present, little evidence supports its ability to predict the quality of surgical care,” Heather Lyu, Dr. Martin Makary and the other researchers wrote.

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Better Surgical Outcomes Costly For Hospitals

April 17, 2013 9:26 am | by John Gever | Comments

Data from an unidentified 12-hospital system in 2010 indicated that the occurrence of surgical complications boosted the "contribution margin" -- the difference between gross revenues and variable costs associated with patient care -- relative to cases without complications, when they involved the 85% of patients who had Medicare or private insurance.

Scientists Bioengineer Kidneys That Work In Rats

April 16, 2013 9:05 am | by Michael Castillo | Comments

Rats have received working kidneys that were grown in a laboratory, possibly opening the door for scientists to be able to grow genetically-customized organs for human patients. This study reports important milestones toward engineering replacement kidney grafts [and] shows the potential for this strategy.

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Heart-Stopping Surgery Cures Woman Of Rare Lung Disease

April 15, 2013 9:59 am | by Susan Donaldson James | Comments

Surgeons performed an intense operation on Kathleen Anderson, cooling down her body as they stopped her heart, so no brain damage occurs, then delicately stripping the blockages in her pulmonary arteries that were robbing her body of oxygen.

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Bariatric Surgery Changes Metabolism And Genes

April 12, 2013 9:54 am | by John Gever | Comments

Weight loss following gastric bypass surgery was associated with changes in gene methylation that may affect insulin sensitivity, researchers said. Dynamic changes in DNA methylation may be an early event that orchestrates metabolic gene transcription involved in the regulation of insulin sensitivity in human obesity.

Medicare Effort To Cut Readmissions Isn’t Counting Patients Correctly

April 10, 2013 8:28 am | by Jordan Rau | Comments

The study in Annals of Emergency Medicine looked at 11,976 patients discharged from Boston Medical Center, the largest safety net hospital in New England, in the first half of 2010. The total number of impatient discharges during the period studied was 15,519, including patients who were readmitted more than once.

Report: Doctors Tuning Out Beeping Alarms At Hospitals

April 9, 2013 9:23 am | Comments

Constantly beeping alarms from devices that monitor the vital signs of the critically ill have "desensitized" hospital workers who sometimes ignore the noise, leading to at least two dozen deaths a year on average, a hospital accrediting group said Monday.

How Dummies And Drills Aid Medical Training

April 8, 2013 9:54 am | by David Pogue | Comments

Every med school hires standardized patients. But these days, simulated patients have gone high tech -- with mannequins that can simulate heart attacks, make urine, breathe, blink their eyes, even go into coma. Are they robots? Well... sort of.

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Knowing 'System' Paves Way For Transplant

April 5, 2013 10:02 am | by Ed Susman | Comments

Patients in desperate need of a kidney transplant are more likely to get on the organ transplant list if they are better versed in the intricacies of the healthcare system and their disease, researchers suggested.

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The Ever-Evolving, Integrated OR

April 3, 2013 4:30 pm | Comments

Many of the technologies that are now or will be in hybrid or integrated operating rooms make it a new environment for many surgeons.

Optimize Your Reprocessing Program For Better Results

April 3, 2013 3:58 pm | by Brian White, President, Stryker Sustainability Solutions | Comments

Reprocessing has transitioned from an emerging trend to a widely regarded, increasingly standard practice across the country.

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Under Pressure

April 3, 2013 3:49 pm | by Helen Shaw, BSc (Hons), ConvaTec Research and Development Rachel Mathison, Msc, BSc (Hons), ConvaTec Medical Affairs Manager Wound Therapeutics UKI | Comments

It is critical for clinicians to understand and address risk factors associated with the unwanted development of pressure ulcers in surgical settings.

At Your Own Risk

April 3, 2013 3:20 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens from needle stick injuries and other sharp objects remains a serious problem for all the wrong reasons.                                

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2013 Surgical Expansion Report

April 3, 2013 3:06 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, Surgical Products | Comments

Of the 7,500 hospitals in the U.S, as many as 4,500 of them could either be in the midst of expansion or have experienced it in the last two years.

Q&A: Playing It Safe With Sharps

April 3, 2013 2:52 pm | Comments

Available information is being gathered, but when we talk about reporting needle sticks and sharps injuries, many aren't reported. It’s happening on a daily basis in every facility, in a lot of different departments, and the OR is being impacted a lot more because we’re around so many sharp pieces of equipment and patients.

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