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5 Things You Missed in Infection Control

June 30, 2015 10:01 am | by Rebecca Rudolph, editor | Blogs | Comments

The hot topic of infection control was the theme of conversation this weekend. 

Debate: Do Surgeons with Smaller Case Loads Put Patients at Risk?

June 29, 2015 4:21 pm | by Steve Sternberg, U.S. News and World Report | News | Comments

Smaller hospitals with less cases might have trouble meeting the proposed standards. 

U.S. Lags on Surgical Plume Laws

June 29, 2015 9:25 am | by Robert Scroggins, BSN, RN, CMLSO, Clinical Programs Manager for Buffalo Filter | Blogs | Comments

The only way to eliminate surgical smoke as an occupational hazard is to ensure that your...

System Needs to Support Surgical Teams

June 24, 2015 9:56 am | by Mark Chassin, president of The Joint Commission, and Linda Groah, executive director of AORN | Blogs | Comments

Industry leaders remind staff they're not infallible, and the healthcare system needs to support...

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June 2015

June 22, 2015 3:19 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

For the June issue of Surgical Products, we worked with all the industry suppliers to put together a comprehensive 2016 Buyers' Guide which can be used as an easy reference tool throughout the next year.

Recent Releases: Equipment Carts, Retrieval Bags and More Now Available

June 19, 2015 9:16 am | by Rebecca Rudolph, editor | Blogs | Comments

This week, we were informed of some exciting products that have just been released to the market.

Common Procedure has 'Serious' Side Effects

June 16, 2015 10:13 am | by European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology | News | Comments

New data shows the common, 15-minute procedure isn't as safe as previously thought. 

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Dosing Errors Exposed, Outcomes at Risk

June 16, 2015 9:54 am | by Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group | News | Comments

A study found almost a quarter of patients received the wrong dosage of a pressure-blocking medication before and during surgery, putting them at risk for complications. 

TV Show Impacts Patient Compliance

June 15, 2015 9:57 am | by University of Sydney | News | Comments

Patients who watched a medically-based television show were less likely to take preventative medications. 

Keep a Look Out for MERS, CDC says

June 12, 2015 9:04 am | by Rebecca Rudolph, editor | News | Comments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend healthcare facilities keep a look out for MERS, although no cases have been reported in the United States since the May outbreak began. 

Post-Op Complications Plague Obese Patients

June 11, 2015 9:11 am | by University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry | News | Comments

Researchers found several weight-related factors that contributed to post-op complications for obese patients, including death.

Helpful Medical Devices Harmful to Privacy

June 10, 2015 10:47 am | by Rebecca Rudolph, editor | Articles | Comments

The useful tools that help patients may also put a target on their backs for hackers. 

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Less Infection, Better Outcomes with Intentional Practices

June 10, 2015 10:06 am | by John Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

A study found when teams are accountable to each other, follow evidence-based practices and engage patients, outcomes are consistently better.

ACS: Save Money, Increase Outcomes with New Program

June 9, 2015 9:08 am | by American College of Surgeons | News | Comments

A study evaluated the quality improvement (QI) program and found it increased patient experience, while also reducing infection rates and decreasing length of stay. 

Superbugs in Crosshairs at National Meeting

June 4, 2015 9:25 am | by Rebecca Rudolph, editor | Articles | Comments

On Tuesday, 150 stakeholders weighed in on antibiotic-resistant bacteria during the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. 

Common Practice Doubles Overall Risk for Patient

June 3, 2015 10:05 am | by John Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

The practice of "ballooning" the vessel after the wire mesh is inserted can double the risk of death and stroke during or shortly after the procedure, a study found.

More Than 600 Factors Contribute to Never Events

June 1, 2015 2:01 pm | by Mayo Clinic | News | Comments

Mayo Clinic decided to figure out why surgical mistakes are made and unearthed 628 human factors that cause them.

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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 cabinets, protection trays, disinfectant and UV decontamination systems.

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 longer requires visual inspection. 

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 vary across the country. 

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.

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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