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Study: New Method is Just as Effective

May 1, 2015 | by Rebecca Rudolph, editor | Comments

“We’re following a very well-known path across medicine in terms of innovating. (We are) working with clinicians, working with technicians and trying to find a better way of doing things,” he explained.

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Lung Volume Reduction Surgery For Emphysema Has Durable Benefits

April 30, 2015 9:06 am | by American Association for Thoracic Surgery | Comments

While traditionally emphysema has been treated medically, a surgical option, lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS), was introduced in 1993.

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Real-Time Biopsy Would Save Time, Alleviate Worry

April 27, 2015 10:59 am | by Rebecca Rudolph, editor | Comments

The biopsy device will be able to take samples of cells during surgery and, within a second, let the surgeon know what kind of cells they are. 

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Surgeons See Through the Smoke

April 22, 2015 9:30 am | by Rebecca Rudolph, editor | Comments

More than 41 gasses are found in surgical plume, such as, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and benzene, along with other viruses, bacteria, small viral particulates and carcinogens.

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Fluid Management: Keeping It Safe, Quick and Clean

April 21, 2015 4:57 pm | by Jeff Reinke, executive editor | Comments

Industry leaders weighed in on best practices for managing fluid collection and disposal in helping improve OR efficiency and infection control procedures during a brainstorm facilitated by Surgical Products. 

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Qualifying a Reprocessor

April 15, 2015 10:35 am | by Jeff Reinke, executive editor | Comments

Medline’s Renewal Full Circle Reprocessing cites the following as questions to ask in qualifying potential partners for off-site instrument cleaning, sterilization, maintenance and repair.

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Drug Mistake During Surgery Results in Lawsuit

April 15, 2015 10:29 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The lawsuit claims the staff performed more complex surgery than the center is authorized to do. The patient was undergoing a cervical spine fusion operation in May 2013.

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Study Finds EXPAREL Improves Outomes, Saves Money

April 10, 2015 9:55 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The data found EXPAREL use associated with improved clinical outcomes and a favorable cost savings per patient compared to the standard of care. 

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Drug Re-engineered to Improve Surgery Outcomes

April 8, 2015 10:09 am | by NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY | Comments

Ameer and his team were able to revamp this long-established drug to not only prevent this risky side effect but to use it as a template to deliver nitric oxide, a molecule that plays a vital role in many biological processes and is potentially useful to prevent scarring in vascular grafts and stents.

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Stem Cells May Improve Tendon Healing, Reduce Risk

March 26, 2015 12:20 pm | by AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEONS | Comments

An injection of a patient's bone marrow stem cells during rotator cuff surgery significantly improved healing and tendon durability, according to a study presented today, March 26, at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

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FAQ: Replacing Medicare’s Physician Payment Formula

March 24, 2015 1:46 pm | by Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News | Comments

The House is likely to vote this week on a proposal to scrap Medicare’s troubled physician payment formula, just days before a March 31 deadline when doctors who treat Medicare patients will see a 21 percent payment cut.

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On 5th Anniversary of Health Care Law, No End to Debate

March 23, 2015 2:39 pm | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press | Comments

It's been 5 years since Prsident Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, here's a look at the health care law, then and now.

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New Probe to Fight Old Medical Foe

March 23, 2015 2:32 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

Doctors at a VA hospital in Augusta, Ga., are using a special high-tech probe that combines computer vision with motion detection, thermal profiling, 3-D modeling and vapor detection to fight bed sores, a condition that kills 60,000 Americans every year. 

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Takeaways From AORN

March 19, 2015 12:19 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Comments

I’m excited to share some of what I thought were the most interesting products, concepts and conversations from my attendance of the Association for periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Surgical Conference & Expo, which recently took place in Denver.

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GERD and Bariatric Surgery

March 18, 2015 11:57 am | Comments

For some patients bariatric surgery can resolve GERD symptoms. But for others, GERD continues even after a successful amount of weight is lost following surgery.

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Positive Disruptions – Next Level Visualization

March 17, 2015 12:00 pm | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Comments

When it comes to the rate of improvement and volume of upgrades, perhaps no single technology has seen as much progress as OR visualization technologies. The questions that remain for the surgical community stem from decisions on whether or not to seek the immediate upgrade or wait for the next improvement in six to 12 months.

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