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New service lines can create opportunities for ORs

As hospital administrators face shrinking operating margins, OR leaders are being called upon to create innovative approaches for boosting revenue. Adding a new service line is one option, but it carries both risks and rewards. Only by careful analysis and follow-through can OR leaders hope to tip the balance to…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
September 20, 2018
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FDA takes steps to address cybersecurity concerns of medical devices

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken steps to ensure that medical device manufacturers do as much as possible to defend against hacking and other threats to their devices, according to a new report from the Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General. The…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 12, 2018
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Creating standardized process for training new surgeons in robotic surgery

Editor's Note Automated performance metrics can distinguish surgeon expertise during anastomoses and create an objective, standardized way to train new surgeons, this study finds. Researchers used a data recorder plugged into a robotic surgery system to evaluate expert and novice surgeons’ movements for 70 vesicourethral anastomoses (total of 1,745 stitches)…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 11, 2018
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FDA: Pharm D Solutions recalls all sterile compounded drugs

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on September 10 posted the announcement by Pharm D Solutions, LLC, (Houston, Texas) that it had voluntarily issued a recall of all sterile compounded drugs because of a potential lack of sterility. The company says concerns about practices at the pharmacy that…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 11, 2018
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Improving patient flow from ED with electronic nursing handoff process

Editor's Note Use of a standardized, electronic nursing handoff communication process resulted in decreased boarding time in the emergency department (ED) and increased bed flow efficiency, this study finds. Before implementation of the electronic nursing handoff process, the average ready to move-to-occupied time was 83.6 minutes. This decreased to 49…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 29, 2018
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FlexDex signs distribution deal with Olympus

Editor's Note A deal has been signed by Olympus with FlexDex Surgical to distribute its wrist-controlled Needle Driver robotic device, the August 23 Medical Design & Outsourcing reports. The FlexDex Needle Driver, which is used to streamline suturing in areas of the abdomen that are hard to access, will complement…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 28, 2018
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Assistive surgical devices win in biomedical engineering design competition

Editor's Note This year’s three winners of the Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) challenge included assistive surgical devices: First place−$20,000 went to a team from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, for a minimally invasive brain retractor. Second place−$15,000 was awarded to a team from Clemson University, South Carolina, for a…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 27, 2018
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Hip, knee implant market poised for growth

Editor's Note WiseGuyReports predicts the global market for hip and knee surgical implants will reach more than $12 billion by 2021, the August 21 Becker’s Spine Review reports. Three companies dominate the market: Zimmer Biomet, Stryker, and DePuy Synthes.

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By: Judy Mathias
August 23, 2018
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Safety, feasibility, financial implications of postop telemedicine program

Editor's Note A safe and efficient postoperative telemedicine program is feasible using a commonly used electronic health record system (Epic), and it can improve patient satisfaction, optimize throughput, and increase revenue, this pilot study finds. After researchers constructed an eClinic platform in Epic, they enrolled 233 patients having laparoscopic cholecystectomy,…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 22, 2018
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Study: Physicians, patients dissatisfied with EHRs

Editor's Note In this study, researchers at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, found that physicians and patients alike are dissatisfied with the use of electronic health records (EHRs). Researchers surveyed patients, physicians, mid-level providers, and nonclinical staff at two OB-GYN practices and a regional hospital from 2009 to 2013 during implementation…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 21, 2018
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