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Exclusive: Ownership Impacts Surgical Decisions

August 31, 2010 6:49 am | Comments

Orthopedic surgeons who have an ownership interest in a specialty hospital or ambulatory surgery center are more likely to schedule patients for procedures, a study published in the August issue of Archives of Surgery showed. Patients of these doctor-owners were significantly more likely to have carpal tunnel surgery, rotator cuff repair or arthroscopic knee surgery than patients whose physicians didn't have an ownership interest in an outpatient facility, according to Jean M.

Can Concierge Medicine For The Few Benefit The Many?

August 31, 2010 6:42 am | by Pauline W. Chen, M.D. | Comments

Earlier this summer a friend revealed that for the last nine years she has been a patient in a concierge, or boutique, primary care practice. For $350 each month, she is guaranteed around-the-clock access to her doctor, appointments within 24 hours of calling, longer office visits and the kind of personalized attention and care coordination she felt was missing with all her previous doctors.

The System Goes Flat

August 30, 2010 6:31 am | by Dr. Rob | Comments

I got a flat tire this weekend. There were clues that I chose to ignore – the alignment going out suddenly, the steering wheel jiggling when I drove – but the sudden thwacking sound as I sped down I-20 was a clue I couldn't ignore. I pulled off, then unknowingly stood in a fire ant bed while I changed my tire.

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Added Guidance For Combatting Surgical Errors

August 30, 2010 6:20 am | by Todd Neale, Staff Writer, MedPage Today | Comments

Preventing surgical errors is the responsibility of the entire healthcare team and should involve educating the patient – who has the greatest stake in avoiding problems – according to new recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Carefully designing checklists for each step of the operation, eliminating distractions in the operating room (e.

Predicting The Surgeons's Future

August 27, 2010 5:56 am | Comments

"I can predict the future. No, this doesn’t involve a crystal ball, Ouija board, or looking at the entrails of a freshly slaughtered surgical intern. My limited skill gives me a little insight into how general surgeons will be treated - and, more importantly, how they will respond to such treatment.

5 Steps For Proper Instrument Care

August 27, 2010 5:43 am | Comments

Richard Schule, director of clinical education, STERIS Corporation www.steris.com 1. Identify the original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and consult their instructions for use (IFU). According to FDA label requirements, the IFU provides the customer with cleaning and sterilization requirements.

Balancing A Surgeon’s Beliefs With The Needs Of The Practice

August 24, 2010 7:30 am | by Peter J Polack, MD, FACS | Comments

Not long ago, we interviewed a physician for possible partnership in our practice. After showing him around our town, some of us partners had dinner with him to discuss business. He was a quite pleasant fellow, well trained, and seemed to be a good ‘fit’ for our practice. As dessert was being served, he said he needed to get one more thing off his chest: he prays aloud in the operating room before starting each surgical case.

Online Nurse Continuing Education Tool Sees Success

August 24, 2010 7:30 am | Comments

Kathy Carlson discusses how online continuing education programs such as Nursing CE Portal provides perioperative nurses affordable and accessible continuing education. Surgical Products: Can you provide some background on Nursing CE Portal? How did it start and how long has it been available? Carlson: It started out as a friend’s idea.

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Instrument Care

August 23, 2010 6:18 am | by Ralph Basile, Jr., Vice President of Marketing, Healthmark Industries Company, Inc | Healthmark Industries Company, Inc. | Comments

How can surgical professionals ensure they maximize the use of their surgical instruments with proper care? 1. Stringing instruments in decontam for more effective cleaning. By stringing the instruments with a wide stringer, the instrument, including the hinges, is completely open and exposed to water and cleaning solution in the instrument washer.

When Doctors Admit Their Mistakes

August 23, 2010 6:17 am | by Pauline W. Chen, M.D. | Comments

One afternoon, I overheard a nurse asking another physician how she was feeling. The physician, a young woman known throughout the hospital for her cheery disposition and sunny bedside manner, looked ashen. She smiled weakly in response and insisted that nothing was wrong. “She’s lying,” the nurse whispered to me as the doctor walked away.

Pancreas Envy

August 20, 2010 7:21 am | by Zoe Kiren Deol, MD, FACS | Comments

I will never understand some surgeons’ fascination with the pancreas. What happened to them in childhood that made them yearn for the approval of such a shallow organ? One of my colleague’s eyes light up like a Christmas tree at the mere mention of a pancreas.

Caring For Your Instruments

August 20, 2010 7:21 am | by Gary Jordan, President, Medisafe America | Comments

How can surgical professionals ensure they maximize the use of their surgical instruments with proper care? August 20, 2010 As recently indicated in ST79:2006/A2:2009; “The written recommendations of the device manufacturer should always be followed.  The reusable medical device manufacturer is responsible for ensuring that the device can be effectively cleaned and sterilized.

Law Requires Hospitals To Inform Breast Cancer Patients Of Reconstruction Options

August 18, 2010 7:11 am | Comments

While breast reconstruction after a mastectomy is covered by insurers in New York, many poor, minority, and less educated women do not seek out the procedure. Now, NY Gov. David A. Paterson has signed into law a bill that is aimed at reversing this trend. "A disproportionate number of women who are at a socioeconomic disadvantage do not get breast reconstruction surgery after a mastectomy for one of several reasons.

Consider The Family’s Perspective In The Treatment Plan

August 18, 2010 7:10 am | by John Trahanas | Comments

She was not my patient. Actually, she was nobody’s patient, she was just a wife; she was “the family.” She was a rough, stern looking woman, and with good reason as she had weathered many difficult times. Her husband had been severely demented for many years; however, it was only in the past few months that he required such intensive inpatient care.

Maximize The Use Of Your Instruments

August 17, 2010 7:57 am | by Dan Cusack, Superior Surgical, LLC | Comments

Maximizing the use of surgical instruments and ensuring many years of productive and satisfactory performance starts with caring for your instruments. New Instruments - Newly purchased instruments must be cleaned, lubricated and autoclaved immediately before use. Proper Use - Instruments are designed for a specific purpose and should be used only for that purpose Water and Stainless Steel - Tap water contains minerals that can cause staining.

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