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Error In Judgment: Why Wrong-Site Surgery Is Still A Problem

March 5, 2014 7:03 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Wrong-site surgery is a devastating problem that affects all parties present in the operating room. To make matters worse, it’s an all-too-common occurrence today. Although efforts have been made to address this issue, it still remains a significant one. Why?...

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The Rise Of Robotics

March 4, 2014 8:13 am | by Anne-Marie Gannon, Clinical & Regulatory Affairs Specialist, neoSurgical | Comments

With the expectation of a sharp rise in the volume of robot-assisted procedures in the future, it is likely that the complexity of cases being performed robotically will increase. The availability of a greater range of instruments, accessories, and medical devices customized for use with robot systems will facilitate this shift in approach...

Pain Killers

March 3, 2014 10:02 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Improving patient outcomes, decreasing hospital length-of-stay, and reducing costs are tasks best classified as perennially unfinished by hospitals. Any chance to make improvements must be considered, including evaluating the use of opioid use for perioperative pain management. Furthermore, recent research and anecdotal evidence point to several potential benefits of reducing the use of opioids in healthcare settings...

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Battling The 'Bad Actor' Known As C. Diff.

February 28, 2014 9:47 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Every hospital facility has a “bad actor,” says Dr. Mitch Rubinstein. For The Valley Hospital that bad actor – a microorganism that causes trouble within a specific hospital facility – is Clostridium difficile...                

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Poll: For Right Price, Consumers Will Accept Limited Choice Of Doctors, Hospitals

February 26, 2014 10:27 am | by Jordan Rau | Comments

People buying health insurance through the health law’s new online marketplaces are more willing than the public at large to accept a limited roster of doctors and hospitals in return for lower premiums, a poll released Wednesday finds. But that enthusiasm nosedives if they are told their regular doctor isn’t included in the plan...

Stents, Surgery Equal For Blocked Carotids

February 20, 2014 11:04 am | by Todd Neale | Comments

For patients with symptomatic or asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis, stenting and endarterectomy appear to be equally effective for preventing ipsilateral stroke over the long term, a small, single-center trial suggested...    

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Outpatient Surgery: Is Infection A Real Risk?

February 19, 2014 7:22 am | by Michael Smith | Comments

The chance of a clinically significant infection after ambulatory surgery is relatively small; nonetheless, outpatient surgery related infections account for roughly one in five healthcare-associated infections...              

Human Lung Made In Lab For First Time

February 18, 2014 9:27 am | by Elizabeth Cohen | Comments

For the first time, scientists have created human lungs in a lab -- an exciting step forward in regenerative medicine, but an advance that likely won't help patients for many years. "It's so darn cool," said Joan Nichols, a researcher at the University of Texas Medical Branch. "It's been science fiction and we're moving into science fact..."

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Few Eligible Patients Can Get Weight Loss Surgery

February 14, 2014 1:08 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | Comments

Like 78 million other Americans, MaryJane Harrison is obese. And like many critically overweight Americans, Harrison cannot afford to have weight loss surgery because her health insurance doesn't cover it. The financial burden makes it nearly impossible for her to follow the advice of three physicians who have prescribed the stomach-shrinking procedure for Harrison, who is four-feet, 10 inches and weighs 265 pounds...

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Apprehensive, Many Doctors Shift To Jobs With Salaries

February 14, 2014 7:13 am | by Elisabeth Rosenthal | Comments

American physicians, worried about changes in the healthcare market, are streaming into salaried jobs with hospitals. Though the shift from private practice has been most pronounced in primary care, specialists are following...      

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NYC Hospitals’ Dialysis Plan Is Under New Scrutiny

February 13, 2014 8:56 am | by Nina Bernstein | Comments

The New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council is set to vote Thursday on a deal to turn over dialysis at four of New York City’s public hospitals to a for-profit franchise called Big Apple Dialysis despite government data showing the company’s centers did not perform as well as the hospitals themselves...

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I Can See Clearly Now: Talking OR Visualization

February 12, 2014 10:58 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

The development of products and devices designed to make it possible for hospital surgeons and staff to receive high-quality visual information in the operating room is always changing. Here are thoughts from three industry experts on the topic of OR visualization...

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New Protocol Is Shown To Move Laparoscopic Surgeons To 'Expert Status' On da Vinci

February 12, 2014 10:11 am | Comments

Surgeons who follow a rigorous training protocol on a simulator have been found to have a significant advantage in performance on the da Vinci robot compared with those who do not use a simulator, says a new study at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey...

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California’s Physician Directories Removed Because Of Errors

February 11, 2014 9:20 am | by Ian Lovett | Comments

The California healthcare exchange has taken down its physician directories, amid continuing complaints from doctors and patients alike that the lists of doctors and hospitals included in each insurance plan were error-riddled and unreliable...

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Smoke Alarm

February 10, 2014 11:31 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

The healthcare industry’s stance on surgical smoke in the operating room has evolved considerably over the course of the past several years. As more information came out about the potential dangers of surgical smoke in the operating room, the healthcare industry responded by actively seeking out and implementing products and solutions to address those possible threats... 

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