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December 2017

Surgical robot market poised for growth

Editor's Note A Meddevicetracker analysis expects the global market for robotically assisted surgical devices to see an 11.7% compound annual growth rate, reaching $5.3 billon by 2021, the November 10 Medtech Insight reports The market is being led by Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci systems, although the analysis predicts more competition…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 15, 2017
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Greater vigilance needed to combat ureteroscope contamination

A new study by Ofstead & Associates (St Paul, Minnesota) is the latest to raise concerns about infections associated with endoscopic procedures. The study, which focused on ureteroscopes, found that the techniques used to clean and sterilize or high-level disinfect flexible ureteroscopes are not sufficient and leave behind contamination including…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
November 15, 2017
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San Antonio to host 2018 OR Business Management Conference

With each passing year, the business of healthcare delivery grows more complex—never more so than in 2017, when a new administration began to grapple with a major overhaul of the Affordable Care Act and changes to provider payment models. Thanks to an unprecedented number of proposals submitted for the 2018…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
November 15, 2017
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FDA: Safety Alert for Cardinal Health’s Infant/Child Reduced Energy Defibrillation Electrodes

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 6 issued a Safety Alert saying that Physio-Control (Redmond, Washington) launched a voluntary field action for specific lots of Infant/Child Reduced Energy Defibrillation Electrodes manufactured by Cardinal Health (Dublin, Ohio). There is an issue with the artwork on the electrodes…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 8, 2017
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ECRI Institute releases Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2018

Editor's Note The ECRI Institute on November 6 released its Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2018. The report identifies potential sources of danger involving medical devices and other healthcare technologies to watch for in the coming year. Topping the list is ransomware and other cybersecurity threats, followed by endoscope…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 6, 2017
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Making the Business Case for New Technology to Improve the Bottom Line

What factors do you consider when making a purchasing decision in your department? There is an abundance of technology vendors in the market, and those that will be better for patient care and reducing readmissions seem like a no-brainer. However, do you know all of the real hard costs? Is…

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Study: No advantages to robotic-assisted nephrectomy

Editor's Note Robotic-assisted nephrectomy is more expensive and takes longer than conventional laparoscopic nephrectomy and confers no additional benefits, this study finds. The proportion of robotic-assisted nephrectomies increased from 1.5% in 2003 to 27% in 2015. Of 23,753 patients analyzed, no significant differences were found in major postoperative complications between…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 31, 2017
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RTI Surgical announces 3D-printed cervical interbody device

Editor's Note RTI Surgical (Alachua, Florida) on October 25 launched its Fortilink-C interbody fusion system with Tetrafuse 3D technology, the October 26 Becker’s Spine Review reports. Tetrafuse 3D technology combines titanium, allograft bone, and PEEK all in one device. The 3D-printed, polymer-based, cervical interbody device incorporates micro, macro, and nano-rough…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 30, 2017
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Manufacturers optimistic about repeal of medical device tax

Editor's Note On October 24, 179 House members (including 43 Democrats) signed a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis) calling for repeal of the medical device tax, the October 25 issue of The Hill reports. The medical device tax, which was included in the Affordable Care Act to help pay…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 27, 2017
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AMA, partners on initiative to develop integrated platform for big data analytics

Editor's Note The American Medical Association (AMA) and its partners, including the American Medical Informatics Association, IBM, and Cerner, are developing an integrated platform for clinical informatics and big data analytics, the October 16 HealthIT Analytics reports. The aim of the physician-led Integrated Health Model Initiative is to help healthcare…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 18, 2017
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FDA clears new surgical robot

  Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on October 13 cleared the Senhance System (TransEnterix Surgical Inc, Morrisville, North Carolina), a new robotically-assisted surgical device. The design of the Senhance System allows surgeons to sit at a console unit that provides a 3-D high-definition view of the surgical…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 18, 2017
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Wearable Technology in the OR

Wearable technology such as Google Glass provides hands-free, voice-activated Internet access, allowing surgeons to “float” medical images in their field of vision without diverting attention from the operative field. Advantages include immediate access to data and images, diagnosis and treatment for patients en route to hospitals, pinpoint accuracy for tumor…

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