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Different Races React Differently to Warfarin

May 29, 2015 10:16 am | by American Society of Hematology | News | Comments

A study found African Americans and European Americans typically need different dose sizes to achieve similar results.   

Recent Releases: Electrosurgery Unit, UV Disinfector and More Reach Market

May 29, 2015 8:50 am | by Rebecca Rudolph, editor | Blogs | Comments

Suppliers have shared their new products with us, including new electrosurgery units, warming...

Organ Testing Device Could Save Money, Time

May 28, 2015 4:40 pm | by University of California - Los Angeles Health Systems | News | Comments

The portable probe successfully measures liver function in potential organ donations and no...

People Don't Always Give to a Loved One

May 28, 2015 9:04 am | by University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine | News | Comments

Research shows the number of eligible organ donors whose loved ones consent to organ donation...

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Perioperative Beta-Blockers Tested for Impact

May 27, 2015 3:17 pm | by Jama Network Journals | News | Comments

Researchers looked to see if pre-surgery beta-blockers were as harmful as they're said to be.

Patient Kept Awake to Provide Feedback

May 27, 2015 9:53 am | by Lifespan | News | Comments

The patient had a spinal tumor removed endoscopically, all while she was awake so she could give the surgeon feedback.

Infographic: 8 Ways Healthcare Changed

May 26, 2015 3:48 pm | by Modular Devices | News | Comments

As part of Heart Disease Awareness Month this past February, Modular Devices made a list of advancements in medical technology since the 1950's.

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Predicting Hep C Complications to Reduce HAIs

May 21, 2015 9:22 am | by University of Michigan Health Systems | News | Comments

Screening for hepatitis C has become a standard, but a new model of tests and evaluations could help find which patients are more likely to have complications.

Study Suggests Need for Renal Protective Care in Pediatric Lung Transplant Patients

May 18, 2015 9:53 am | by American Thoracic Society | News | Comments

The study, believed to be the first to look at CKD in children who have received lung transplants, also found that those children with high levels of tacrolimus circulating in the blood and those who experience at least one episode of acute kidney injury during their recovery also appear to be at greater risk for CKD.

Automated System Would Identify Life-Threatening Bleeding

May 15, 2015 9:47 am | by Massachusetts General Hospital | News | Comments

"While the clinical information that ambulance crews call in to trauma centers was sufficient to determine the presence of a life-threatening hemorrhage in about half the patients we studied, many other patients were in a 'grey area' and may or may not have been at risk of bleeding to death," an expert said. 

Facility Organization Could Correlate to Patient Outcomes

May 15, 2015 9:43 am | by Wolters Kluwer Health | News | Comments

For medical practices, having more unique doctors on staff and having doctors see more patients doesn't necessarily lead to improved patient outcomes--and in fact, may have the opposite effect.

Patient Safety, Infection Control are Stars of YouTube Series

May 14, 2015 9:42 am | by Rebecca Rudolph, editor | Articles | Comments

"CUSP reinforces the importance of teamwork and just culture, where every member of the team is empowered to speak up if something’s not right and everyone is accountable for keeping patients from harm," an expert said. 

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No Difference in Post-Op Complications For Pregnant Women Undergoing General Surgery

May 14, 2015 9:28 am | by The Jama Network Journals | News | Comments

Historical data show that about one in 500 pregnant women require nonobstetric surgery, according to the study background.

Study Investigates Organ Quality From HIV Positive Donors

May 14, 2015 9:18 am | by University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine | News | Comments

The study revealed that there are nearly 400 HIV-positive potential organ donors who could be sources of donated organs annually for HIV-positive patients waiting for organ donations.

Single Low-Magnitude Electric Pulse Fights Inflammation

May 13, 2015 10:19 am | by North Shore-Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Health System | News | Comments

Prior to this study, it was not understood which vagus nerve fiber types were responsible for reducing the body's inflammatory activity.

CSPS Endorses Perioperative Noise Reduction Resource

May 12, 2015 9:20 am | by Council on Surgical and Perioperative Safety | Blogs | Comments

“We're asking everyone to be prudent lest a bad event occur to patients and staff as a result of a distraction,” a CSPS leader said. 

Potential New Painkiller Provides Longer Lasting Effects

May 8, 2015 9:16 am | by University of Missouri-Columbia | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Missouri have discovered a new compound that offers longer lasting painkilling effects, and shows promise as an alternative to current anesthetics.

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HIMSS Celebrates Nurses

May 6, 2015 11:09 am | by HIMSS | News | Comments

HIMSS celebrates the positive influence nurses and informatics nurses have on the quality of patient care during National Nurses Week, held May 6-12.

May 2015

May 4, 2015 4:01 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Surgical Products found the pulse of trends in the OR for this month's edition. It met with experts on topics like minimally-invasive surgery, opioids, OR management, preventing surgical site infections and more. 

Opting Out of Opioids

May 4, 2015 2:53 pm | by Rebecca Rudolph, editor | Articles | Comments

 “Most surgeons throughout the country are now treating postoperative pain with as little amounts of opioids as possible, secondary to their addictive nature as well as a significant of opioids related adverse events that not only prolong stay, but can cause major complications,” a surgeon explained. 

Fresh Whole Blood Reduces Possible Complications in Pediatric Heart Surgery Patients

May 1, 2015 10:13 am | by Elsevier | News | Comments

Patients receiving blood or blood components face allergic and febrile (having symptoms of a fever) reactions, as well as serious complications such as lung injury and infectious disease.

APIC, SHEA Agree with FDA's Rule

April 30, 2015 2:55 pm | by Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) | News | Comments

Since all infection prevention and control guidelines are evidence-based, it is important to stay up-to-date on safety and effectiveness data to protect healthcare personnel and their patients.

Pneumonectomy or Lobectomy?

April 29, 2015 9:43 am | by American Association for Thoracic Surgery | News | Comments

While it is understandable that pathological and physiological factors influence a surgeon's choice of surgery for a particular patient, the results presented in this study suggest that physician discomfort with the operative complexities of a procedure may lead to selection of a technique associated with less favorable outcomes.

Two-thirds of World Has No Access to Safe, Affordable Surgery

April 27, 2015 10:40 am | by The Lancet | News | Comments

The Commission reveals that five billion people worldwide do not have access to safe and affordable surgery and anaesthesia when they need it, and access is worst in low-income and lower-middle income countries, where as many as nine out of ten people cannot access basic surgical care.

Hospitals Can Do More to Prevent C. diff Infections, a Study Reports

April 24, 2015 10:00 am | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

While nearly all of the 398 hospitals in the study use a variety of measures to protect their patients from the bug, 48 percent haven't adopted strict limits on the use of antibiotics and other drugs that can allow Clostridium defficile to flourish.

Q&A: Researcher Says c-FLOW Offers Go-To Solution

April 24, 2015 9:35 am | by Rebecca Rudolph, editor | News | Comments

"One of the most important challenges we face, as neurocritical care and stroke doctors, is to develop a way to directly and continuously measure cerebral blood flow in patients," he said.

The Transformation of Healthcare Attire and its Role in Protecting Providers and Patients

April 23, 2015 9:43 am | by ​Amber Mitchell, DrPH, MPH, CPH and Bill Borwegen, MPH | Blogs | Comments

In November 2014 the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) issued updated recommended practices for surgical attire. While the recommendations include the use of surgical masks and cover apparel, perhaps most interesting with respect to new science is the focus on scrub attire. 

Surgeons See Through the Smoke

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

AHRQ Report: Quality of Care and Patient Safety Are Improving

April 21, 2015 9:18 am | by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality | News | Comments

This year’s report has been consolidated and tracks performance measures that align with the National Quality Strategy. 

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