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Mayo Clinic: Surgical Metrics Do Not Provide Path to Improvement

February 4, 2015 11:28 am | by Mayo Clinic | News | Comments

The authors suggest that a surgical outcomes reporting system does not provide a clear mechanism for quality improvement. The inability of these outcomes monitoring systems to produce measurable improvements may be related to difficulties in identifying mechanisms that translate changes in how surgical care is provided.

A Closer Look at the Impact of Surgical Smoke

February 4, 2015 11:09 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Articles | Comments

Recently, Surgical Products reached out to a number of experts in the field for their input on best practices for managing this element of electrosurgery and tips on how to avoid problems that are often overlooked.                              

10 Guidelines for Googling Patients

February 3, 2015 12:23 pm | by Penn State College of Medicine | News | Comments

With the internet and social media becoming woven into the modern medical practice, Penn State College of Medicine researchers contend that professional medical societies must update or amend their Internet guidelines to address when it is ethical to "Google" a patient.

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Post-Op Complications Producing More Readmissions

February 3, 2015 11:55 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

When examining early (within seven days of discharge) and late (more than seven days after discharge) unplanned readmissions, the top three reasons for readmission were SSI, ileus or obstruction, and bleeding.                  

Stress Balls, DVDs, Conversation Ease Surgical Recovery

February 2, 2015 10:42 am | by University of Surrey | News | Comments

New research has found that simple distraction techniques, such as talking to a nurse, watching a DVD or using stress balls, can help patients to relax during varicose vein surgery and reduce their pain.         

President Obama Tells Parents to Get Kids Vaccinated

February 1, 2015 9:59 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In response to the recent outbreak, the President says measles outbreaks are preventable. He says he understands that some families are concerned about vaccinations, but the science on them is "pretty indisputable."                                    

Report: Neurosurgeons Practicing Defensive Medicine

January 30, 2015 12:12 pm | by Wolters Kluwer Health | News | Comments

More than 80 percent of surgeons said they had ordered imaging tests solely for defensive reasons, while more than three-fourths reported ordering laboratory tests and making extra referrals for defensive purposes. Up to half said they ordered more medications and procedures out of fear of being sued.

Lack of Vaccinations Leading Some To "Fire" The Patient

January 30, 2015 11:57 am | by Alicia Chang, AP | News | Comments

The tough-love approach — which comes amid the nation's second-biggest measles outbreak in at least 15 years, with at least 98 cases reported since last month — raises questions about doctors' ethical responsibilities.                  

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Facelift Surgery After Massive Weight Loss Posses Challenges

January 29, 2015 1:01 pm | by Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery | News | Comments

In the facial area, excess skin causes cosmetic problems like a "droopy" face and "turkey" neck. The researchers note that patients are particularly displeased because they cannot camouflage this area with clothing.                     

Louisiana Hospital Guarantees Hip & Knee Surgeries

January 29, 2015 12:51 pm | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center is aiming to reassure patients that they will not receive any additional bills for costs associated with surgery-related follow-up care that occurs within 30 days of the procedure.

Pre-Op Stop/Go Checklist

January 28, 2015 11:57 am | by Anaesthesia Associates of Massachusetts (AAM) | Product Releases | Comments

Anaesthesia Associates of Massachusetts (AAM), a leading provider of anesthesia services, and Plexus Management Group, Inc., a market-leading anesthesia management company, announced the launch of their latest product, The Preoperative Stop/Go Sign.

Pittsburgh Hospitals Reduce Emergency Visits with Patient Navigators

January 28, 2015 11:34 am | by Accenture | News | Comments

Three hospitals in western Pennsylvania had a 43 percent reduction in excessive emergency department visits by using patient navigators - trained members of the community who connect patients with essential care services – as part of a pilot study.

Benefits of Surgery for Epilepsy Sustained for 15+ Years

January 28, 2015 11:22 am | by Henry Ford Health System | News | Comments

In addition to other findings, the survey indicated that 32 percent were seizure-free and 75 percent had favorable results. Compared to before surgery, patients were more likely to be driving and more likely to be taking antidepressant medication, but less likely to be working full time.

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Mother Charged with Contaminating Son's IV

January 28, 2015 10:57 am | by AP | News | Comments

Prosecutors say 35-year-old Candida Fluty, of Kermit, West Virginia, was indicted on charges of felonious assault and child endangering. The woman could face up to eight years in prison if convicted of all charges.            

Web Search Playing A Larger Role In Selecting Bariatric Surgery Options

January 28, 2015 10:52 am | by Obesity Surgery | News | Comments

While most use it to read up on relevant procedures and experiences, one in every four patients actually chooses a surgeon based solely on what he or she has gleaned from, in particular, websites hosted by public hospitals and former patients.

Negative Patient-Doctor Communication Can Create "Nocebo" Response

January 27, 2015 11:11 am | by University of Exeter; American Journal of Medicine | News | Comments

Doctors who unintentionally communicate to patients that they do not believe or understand them could actually make symptoms worse, a new study suggests. Research indicates that a type of "nocebo" response - where patients perceive a lack of acceptance from their doctor - could create anger and distress.

CT May Be Overused in the ER

January 27, 2015 10:32 am | by American Roentgen Ray Society | News | Comments

The use of head CT as part of a screening examination, rather than as a diagnostic tool, likely stems from increased pressure on emergency physicians to evaluate and differentiate between benign and life-threatening causes of dizziness and syncope.

Morphine Linked With Post-Op Respiratory Issues for Children

January 26, 2015 7:10 am | by PEDIATRICS | News | Comments

Treating post-operative pain with morphine can cause life-threatening respiratory problems in some children who have had their tonsils and/or adenoids removed, new research has found. This surgery is commonly and effectively used to treat childhood sleep apnea. The study also showed ibuprofen is a safe and effective alternative.

Antibiotic Use By Travelers Can Aid the Spread of Superbugs

January 23, 2015 11:38 am | by Infectious Diseases Society of America | News | Comments

"More than 300 million people visit these high-risk regions every year. If approximately 20 percent of them are colonized with the bugs, these are really huge numbers. This is a serious thing. The only positive thing is that the colonization is usually transient, lasting for around half a year."

ACS Offers New Look At Membership Benefits

January 23, 2015 11:30 am | by American College of Surgeon | News | Comments

Since its founding in 1913, ACS has worked on behalf of its members and their patients in a number of ways. In a recently unveiled program, the College is working to educate younger members on many of the educational opportunities available to them.

How Top Healthcare Priorities Will Impact The OR

January 23, 2015 11:09 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Blogs | Comments

A recent report from Accenture identified the top five priorities for states with federally-supported Health Innovation Plans. So let's take a look at how these priorities will not only impact the system as a whole, but more specifically, the surgical community.

Colorectal Cancer Treatment Needs Continue To Grow

January 23, 2015 10:34 am | by GBI Research | News | Comments

While a number of new drug options will be launched in the CRC therapeutics market over the forecast period, none of these drugs will have a dramatic impact on the overall arena.                 

Device Company Manager Sentenced for Fraud

January 23, 2015 10:28 am | News | Comments

A manager at a northern New Jersey medical devices firm is going to prison for nine months for his role in a scheme to defraud hospitals out of more than $800,000. Prosecutors say he and another man used various fraudulent methods to overcharge hospitals and surgery centers.

New Brain Tumor Drug Testing Involves Surgery

January 23, 2015 10:22 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP | News | Comments

With special permission from the FDA, an Arizona hospital is testing medicines very early in development and never tried on brain tumors before. Within a day of getting a single dose of one of these drugs, patients have their tumors removed and checked to see if the medicine had any effect.

Study Examines Post-Op Use of NSAIDs

January 22, 2015 1:16 pm | News | Comments

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) were associated with an increased risk of anastomotic leak at the surgical junction in patients undergoing non-elective colorectal procedures. NSAIDs are a broad class of drugs used to relieve pain and inflammation. Their postoperative use has expanded with the recent development of intravenous formulations and because they avoid the adverse effects of opioid pain relievers.

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