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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.

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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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Now You See It

April 3, 2013 2:42 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Advances in consumer technology are changing how we look at visualization in the OR.

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Right Procedure, Right Device

April 3, 2013 9:05 am | by Covidien | Comments

Devices used in advanced surgical approaches such as MIS may result in an upfront increase in surgery/supply costs; however, they are crucial to reduce the post-operative, post-discharge clinical and economic burden.

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Let There Be Light: Interview With Invuity CEO Philip Sawyer

April 2, 2013 9:17 am | Comments

To learn more about surgical lighting in general and one company and product in specific, here is an interview with the CEO of Invuity, a firm founded in 2004 by an orthopedic surgeon and optical engineer, and which specializes in “sophisticated optical technology to provide surgical access and brilliant illumination for deep incisions.”

IG Report Slaps Medicare For Not Recouping More Overpayment For Equipment

April 1, 2013 9:37 am | by Mary Agnes Carey | Comments

Medicare has made nearly $70 million in overpayments to suppliers of consumers’ medical equipment, and more than half of that money is unlikely to be recovered, according to a new report.

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Report: Hospital Deaths Declined Just A Little Over 10 Years

March 29, 2013 9:37 am | by Maggie Fox | Comments

The number of people who died in the hospital has fallen just 8 percent over 10 years, despite a big emphasis on letting people die in hospice or even at home, new federal statistics show.

Senate Backs Symbolic Repeal Of Medical Device Tax

March 27, 2013 9:13 am | by Kim Dixon | Comments

The Senate overwhelmingly passed a largely symbolic resolution calling for repeal of a 2.3 percent tax on medical device companies on Thursday. It applies to a range of medical products - from bedpans to expensive heart devices - many manufactured in the home states of the senators backing the repeal.

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Minimally Invasive Surgery Offers Multiple Savings

March 26, 2013 9:43 am | by Michael Smith | Comments

Switching to the minimally invasive forms of some common surgeries could have saved an estimated $14 billion in healthcare spending in 2009, researchers said. The estimated savings are a combination of lower medical costs and reduced workplace absenteeism.

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Doc Technique Plays Major Part In TKA Failures

March 25, 2013 9:28 am | by Nancy Walsh | Comments

The reasons for failures of implanted knees have changed over the past 15 years, with the majority of failures today relating to surgeon-dependent factors such as component malpositioning, a researcher stated.

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Race A Factor In Decision To Amputate A Leg?

March 22, 2013 9:27 am | by Chris Kaiser | Comments

Amputation for peripheral arterial disease was nearly twice as likely for blacks as for whites, despite access to good hospitals or high patient income.

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Doc Support for Patient Safety Movement Lags

March 20, 2013 9:46 am | by David Pittman | Comments

Despite all the work in the last decade to improve patient safety and raise awareness of preventable medical errors, physicians by and large have been slow to support the movement, a leader in patient safety said.

Cervical Cancer Surgery Decision A Tradeoff

March 19, 2013 9:20 am | by Charles Bankhead | Comments

Two approaches to fertility-preserving surgery yielded results suggesting that younger women with cervical cancer face tradeoffs involving fertility versus disease control, investigators reported.

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