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Certifying Central Sterile Supply Technician Review

August 21, 2014 12:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for the Certifying Central Sterile Supply Technician. Our program is a comprehensive, interactive question data base designed from actual examination questions to both test your knowledge and to direct your studies towards critical Central Supply Technician Certification Examination must know information.

French Surgeons Film Hip Replacement Through Oculus Rift

August 15, 2014 12:09 pm | Videos | Comments

Surgeons in France filmed a hip replacement operation and then turned it into a virtual reality...

New Standards Proposed for Reporting Spinal Cord Injury Experiments

August 6, 2014 11:44 am | News | Comments

The difficulty in replicating and directly comparing and confirming the scientific results...

Quality Program Saves 533 Lives, $75 Million

July 29, 2014 11:37 am | News | Comments

Compared with complication rates in 2009, mortality rates dropped by 31.5 percent. The...

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House & Senate Agree On A Deal For VA

July 28, 2014 11:45 am | by Matthew Daly, AP | News | Comments

Their plan is expected to authorize billions in emergency spending to lease 27 new clinics, hire more doctors and nurses, and make it easier for veterans who can't get prompt appointments with VA doctors to obtain outside care.        

ERAS Program Validated For Colorectal Surgery Patients

July 24, 2014 12:08 pm | by Cristina B. Geltzeiler, M.D., of Oregon Health and Science University, and Colleagues | News | Comments

The fundamental aspects of enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) programs are guidelines that focus on education, fluid management, minimal incision length, decreased use of tubes and drains, opioid-sparing analgesia, early mobilization and eating after surgery.

Healthcare Reform Champions Kit

July 16, 2014 11:17 am | by PDI | Pdi-Professional Disposables International | Product Releases | Comments

PDI recently released its new Healthcare Reform Champions Kit. This kit is a digital educational tool designed to explain key components of the recent Healthcare Reform legislation.

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TruInject Injector Training System

July 14, 2014 3:09 pm | by TruInject Medical Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

TruInject Injector Training System is an injector training system for aesthetic toxins and fillers.

3D Printed Anatomy To Mark A New Era For Medical Training

July 14, 2014 9:40 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

The creators of a unique kit containing anatomical body parts produced by 3D printing say it will revolutionize medical education and training, especially in countries where cadaver use is problematical...              

Stabilizing Shoulder Surgery Lowers NFL Players Recovery Time

July 10, 2014 6:35 am | News | Comments

A new study, discussed at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's (AOSSM) Annual Meeting detailed that return rates for NFL players is approximately 90 percent, regardless of which stabilization procedure (open vs. arthroscopic) was used.

Hand Hygiene Improves 3X When Auditors Are Present

July 9, 2014 7:50 am | Articles | Comments

The study examined the Hawthorne effect, also known as observation bias (the tendency of people to change their behavior when they are aware of an observer) using an electronic monitoring hand hygiene system in real-time. Ultrasound "tags" on soap dispensers transmitted a signal to a nearby receiver each time the levers were pushed, and a time-stamped hand hygiene wash was recorded.

AIDS Research Team Loses $1.38 Million After Faking Results

July 9, 2014 7:37 am | by David Pitt, AP | News | Comments

The team, which consists of 10 researchers, has sufficient funding to continue its work, but experts at federal agencies have stated that it can take two to five years to recover from the negative perceptions created by a misconduct incident. The team's lead researcher was not aware of faked lab work.

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Hospital Settles After "Brutal" ER Patient Search

July 8, 2014 11:52 am | News | Comments

The lawsuit, which carried a $1.1 million settlement, said the woman, a U.S. citizen, was "brutally" searched by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in December 2012 after being selected for additional screening at the Cordova Bridge in El Paso when a drug sniffing dog jumped on her.

Partial Knee Replacements Safer, But Require More Follow-Up

July 8, 2014 11:14 am | News | Comments

Because of the higher revision rate of partial knee replacement surgery, which is traditionally regarded as the most important factor to determine the choice of implant, its use in the treatment of end-stage osteoarthritis is controversial, with only about 7,000 being performed annually.

Simulator Focuses On Pre-Op Motor Skills

July 7, 2014 10:54 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Virtual surgery simulators are being used to help surgeons hone the motor skills they will need in an operating room. This new technology is changing the way doctors prepare for surgery...                           

No Practicing On Patients: New Docs Get Boot Camp

July 7, 2014 9:51 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

First-day jitters come with any new job but when the work involves pushing needles into strangers' bellies, stitching up gaping wounds or even delivering babies, that debut can be especially nerve-wracking — for everyone involved...      

VR Training Module For Vaginal Cuff Closure Suturing

July 1, 2014 10:14 am | by Simbionix | Simbionix | Product Releases | Comments

Simbionix, a company committed to advancing clinical performance and optimizing procedural outcomes through education and collaboration, recently released their VR training module for Cuff Closure Suturing using unidirectional and bidirectional barbed sutures.

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Simulated Learning In Medical Education Improves Patient Care And Outcomes

May 20, 2014 11:16 am | by Loyola University Health System | News | Comments

The use of simulation techniques in medical education, such as lifelike mannequins and computer systems, results in improved patient care, better outcomes and other benefits, according to a study led by a Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine researcher...

How Should Residents Spend Their Time?

May 6, 2014 10:38 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

As everyone knows, residents are now restricted to working 80 hours per week. One of the lesser known side effects of this work hours limitation is the drastic loss of educational conference time. Since at least one third of the residents must now go home after morning rounds, afternoon conferences are no longer possible. Most residency programs now devote part of at least one morning per week to dedicated educational time...

Teaching (Or Lack Of It) In The Operating Room

April 24, 2014 10:33 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin Otolaryngologist | Blogs | Comments

I groaned.  "Don't make me operate with him again! I assisted him in surgery just last week!" I was low man on the totem pole and there was no point arguing. All of the residents and fellows kept track of the rotation and I knew it was, indeed, my turn. "What torture!" I whimpered as trudged off to the operating room...

AORN Foundation, Covidien Team To Offer New Tools For Emerging Nurse Leaders

April 16, 2014 4:55 pm | News | Comments

In a move aimed at giving nursing professionals the tools they need to address rapidly changing practices and cost structures, the AORN Foundation is teaming with Covidien on an initiative that will provide nurse leaders with a core set of financial and management tools to complement their clinical expertise...

The Exciting Potential Of Google Glass In Surgical Settings

April 16, 2014 10:04 am | Articles | Comments

An article recently published in the International Journal of Surgery shows the potential applications for Google Glass in the surgical setting, particularly in relation to training. The authors of the study obtained a Glass device through Google's Explorer Program and have tested its applicability in their daily pediatric surgical practice...

What Are The Prospects For Graduates Of Offshore Medical Schools?

April 12, 2014 11:16 pm | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

A year ago in a post about law school applications decreasing, I speculated about whether a similar phenomenon would occur with medical schools. In that post, I commented on the impending problem of too many medical school graduates and not enough residency training positions...

Doctors Should Be More Like...

April 8, 2014 10:15 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

Doctors are unique. None of us is perfect, but despite the occasional bad apple, most of us are doing the best we can for our patients under difficult circumstances...                 

Managing Surgical Plume: A Facility Wide Effort

March 27, 2014 4:53 pm | News | Comments

Buffalo Filter in conjunction with Pfiedler Enterprises will be sponsoring a new continuing nursing education activity, Connecting the Dots, Managing Surgical Plume: A Facility Wide Effort.  It is intended for perioperative registered nurses who are interested in learning more about the risks and remedies for surgical plume and who are attending the 2014 61st AORN Surgical Conference and Expo...

Should Medical School Be Shortened To Three Years?

March 21, 2014 9:44 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

I say, "No." Here's why. There is way too much to learn in three years. Unless medical education is radically changed, it will be impossible for students to memorize all the unnecessary stuff they still have to memorize, complete all their clerkships, and move onto the next phase—residency training...

Obama: More Federal Spending Needed To Train Doctors

February 27, 2014 9:56 am | News | Comments

President Barack Obama will ask Congress to approve spending more than $5 billion on medical training to turn out some 13,000 primary care providers over the next 10 years. Obama will include the proposal in the budget he sends to Congress next week. The new funding is aimed at training more doctors who can work in underserved areas, including rural communities...

We Are Training Physicians With An Eye Towards The Past

February 25, 2014 10:08 am | by Jon Coleman | Blogs | Comments

How do you ask a person to be the last person to go through an education system that is failing them?  Yet we’re doing just that. Every day tens of thousands of medical student wake up to an education, and an education system, that is failing them...

New Protocol Is Shown To Move Laparoscopic Surgeons To 'Expert Status' On da Vinci

February 12, 2014 10:11 am | Articles | Comments

Surgeons who follow a rigorous training protocol on a simulator have been found to have a significant advantage in performance on the da Vinci robot compared with those who do not use a simulator, says a new study at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey...

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