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Lean Management Could Improve Healthcare

January 30, 2015 12:30 pm | by Monash University | News | Comments

Waiting times in hospital emergency departments could be cut with the introduction of Lean Management and Six Sigma techniques. Lean Management involves never-ending efforts to eliminate or reduce 'waste' while Six Sigma is a disciplined, data-driven method for eliminating defects.

Why New OR Visualization Tech is Worth the Cost

January 29, 2015 12:26 pm | by Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

Visualization technology in the OR is ever-changing, with new solutions on tap for 2015 and...

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...

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...

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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.

ACS Promotes Residency Programs

January 21, 2015 1:12 pm | Product Releases | 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 residents on many of the educational opportunities available to resident members.

Can Waiting Rooms Make You Sicker?

January 15, 2015 11:10 am | News | Comments

As the flu continues to sweep the nation, hitting earlier and harder compared to last year, more doctors offices are advising their patients to describe their symptoms over the phone or Internet, instead of coming in for an exam. ...     

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Health Outcomes Improve in States Where Nurse Practitioners Provide Independent Care

January 14, 2015 11:33 am | News | Comments

As America's population ages, life spans lengthen and more individuals enroll in insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, the need for health care professionals will increase. ...              

ACS Launches Initiative to Attract Next Generation of Surgeons

January 9, 2015 12:03 pm | News | Comments

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) announced the launch of a new initiative aimed at stimulating more young surgeons (defined as under the age of 45) to become involved in the organization and increase membership.  The campaign, called “Realize the Potential of Your Profession,” will communicate how ACS supports surgeons from residency to retirement and aims to appeal to the next generation in new and engaging ways. ... 

Spinal Stenosis: Similar Outcomes For Surgical or Non-Surgical Treatment

January 9, 2015 11:51 am | News | Comments

For patients with spinal stenosis, long-term outcomes are comparable with surgery or conservative treatment, reports a study in the January 15 issue of Spine. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health. ...     

Checklist Proven to Improve Cardiac Surgery Program Efficiency

January 9, 2015 10:41 am | by Jessica Wen, The Growth Channel | News | Comments

A readiness checklist developed by the Northern New England Cardiovascular Disease Study Group (NNECDSG) has been shown to drastically reduce length of stay (LOS) and intubation times after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.  In this post, we outline how to harness checklists, such as this one, to enhance patient management and increase efficiency. ...     

Glowing Nanotechnology Guides Cancer Surgery, Kills Malignant Cells

January 6, 2015 11:30 am | News | Comments

Researchers at Oregon State University have developed a new way to selectively insert compounds into cancer cells - a system that will help surgeons identify malignant tissues and then, in combination with phototherapy, kill any remaining cancer cells after a tumor is removed. ...   

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Bites to the Hand Worse Than Previously Thought

January 5, 2015 11:55 am | News | Comments

Hand injuries are frequently caused by human and animal bites, prompting as many as 330,000 emergency department visits in the United States each year. ...                 

Hospital Controls Avian Flu With Preparedness Measures

January 5, 2015 11:38 am | News | Comments

A proactive infection prevention plan implemented widely in a Hong Kong healthcare system was a significant factor preventing the spread of influenza strain A H7N9, otherwise known as Avian flu. ...          

For Facial Transplant Patients, Blink Assessment Essential

December 30, 2014 12:32 pm | News | Comments

Face transplantation can dramatically enhance a patient's quality of life after severe facial trauma, but lack of attention to eyelid function and vision can leave patients with impaired vision, corneal exposure, eyelid retraction that occurs when the upper or lower eyelid pulls away from the eyeball, and other eyelid-related complications. ...   

New Test Measures Doctors' Ability to Deliver Patient-Centered Care

December 30, 2014 11:56 am | News | Comments

When health care providers take patients' perspectives into consideration, patients are more likely to be actively engaged in their treatment and more satisfied with their care. ...            

Scientists Help Put Bed Bugs to Bed - Forever

December 29, 2014 12:08 pm | News | Comments

The world owes a debt of gratitude to Simon Fraser University biologist Regine Gries. Her arms have provided a blood meal for more than a thousand bedbugs each week for five years while she and her husband, biology professor Gerhard Gries, searched for a way to conquer the global bedbug epidemic. ...   

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Researchers Map Paths to Cancer Drug Resistance

December 23, 2014 4:07 pm | News | Comments

A team of researchers led by Duke Cancer Institute has identified key events that prompt certain cancer cells to develop resistance to otherwise lethal therapies.                  

Researchers Find Alternate Drug Therapy Lowers Antibodies

December 23, 2014 3:38 pm | News | Comments

Findings of a three-year clinical trial led by University of Cincinnati (UC) transplant researchers suggest that a novel pre-operative drug therapy reduces antibodies in kidney patients with greater success than with traditional methods, with the potential to increase the patients' candidacy for kidney transplantation and decrease the likelihood of organ rejection. ... 

Emerging Health Threats to be Explored at MEDICAL WORLD AMERICAS 2015

December 23, 2014 11:54 am | News | Comments

Even though TIME magazine named “the Ebola fighters” as the 2014 Person of the Year, the Ebola outbreak proved the health care community has work to do. At the MEDICAL WORLD AMERICAS (MWA) 2015 conference and expo, industry leaders will collaboratively discuss this and other pressing health care challenges, lessons learned and breakthrough innovations they can implement immediately. ...   

Chinese Doctors Punished For Surgery Selfies

December 23, 2014 11:11 am | by Naomi Ng, CNN.com | News | Comments

Senior executives and a team of medical staff from a Chinese hospital in the northwestern province of Shaanxi have been punished for taking group photos next to apparently unconscious patients after surgery, state media reported on Monday. ...     

Johns Hopkins Develops Suit to Fight Ebola

December 22, 2014 11:44 am | by GE Reports.com | News | Comments

Here’s an idea for a smarter business suit, if your business is fighting Ebola or some other deadly infectious disease. ...                      

Board Rules Hospitals Can Still Perform Angioplasty Without License

December 19, 2014 12:30 pm | by Susan K. Livio, NJ.com | News | Comments

A New Jersey state health board voted today to continue to allow 11 hospitals to perform the artery-clearing procedure known as angioplasty without holding a license to perform heart surgery. ...             

U.S. Laparoscopic Device Market Will Reach Over $4.3 Billion by 2023

December 19, 2014 10:56 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Decision Resources Group finds that the laparoscopic device market in the United States will increase to a value of over $4.3 billion by 2023. Growth will be primarily driven by expansion in the large direct energy device market. In particular, premium-priced advanced direct energy devices will be increasingly adopted due to the advantages they offer and as new products are launched. ...  

Cells That Enhance Tumor Growth Identified

December 19, 2014 10:06 am | News | Comments

A study led by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists has identified the population of white blood cells that tumors use to enhance growth and suppress the disease-fighting immune system. ...               

Tailor-Made Cancer Treatments? New Technique Paves the Way

December 18, 2014 11:43 am | News | Comments

In a development that could lead to a deeper understanding of cancer and better early-stage treatment of the disease, University of Michigan researchers have devised a reliable way to grow a certain type of cancer cells from patients outside the body for study. ...         

Lottenberg Talks About Successful RSS Prevention

December 18, 2014 11:10 am | by Surgical Products Staff | News | Comments

Surgical Products recently talked to Dr. Lawrence Lottenberg, MD FACS, University of Florida College of Medicine, about two systems, the RF Assure Detection System and the RF Assure Delivery System, being used across the country to reduce RSS events in the OR. With this breakthough in technology, Lottenberg said the future in RSS prevention "looks bright."...   

Study: Growing Shortage of Stroke Specialists

December 17, 2014 12:19 pm | News | Comments

Although stroke is the No. 4 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States, there's an increasing shortage of neurologists who specialize in stroke care. ...             

Woman Gets New Life With Mind-Controlled Robot Arm

December 17, 2014 11:13 am | News | Comments

In another demonstration that brain-computer interface technology has the potential to improve the function and quality of life of those unable to use their own arms, a woman with quadriplegia shaped the almost human hand of a robot arm with just her thoughts to pick up big and small boxes, a ball, an oddly shaped rock, and fat and skinny tubes. ...   

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