Innovation

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June 2019

Survey: C-suite support needed to fully unleash nursing innovation

Editor's Note A new survey by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and BDO Center for Healthcare Excellence & Innovation finds that clinical and business leaders value the innovation nurses bring to their organizations, just not at the C-suite level. Clinical and business leaders ranked skills, such as “the…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 30, 2019
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How will artificial intelligence impact surgical patient care? Part 2

As part of a special series on artificial intelligence (AI), OR Manager is taking a deep dive into the many facets of this new technology and its impact on patient care. Part 1 of this introduction to the series (OR Manager, May 2019, 1, 7-11) defined several different types of…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
May 17, 2019
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Levels of innovativeness in nurse executives, managers, clinical directors

Editor's Note Understanding the levels and components of innovativeness can help nurse leaders affect change in themselves and their organizations, this study concludes. A total of 137 nurse leaders in executive and management positions were surveyed on their levels of innovativeness using the Scales for Measurement of Innovativeness. Of 137…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 7, 2019
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Automated text messages improve joint replacement outcomes

Editor's Note An automated text messaging system increased patient engagement with home-based exercise and promoted faster recovery after knee and hip replacements, this study finds. In this analysis of 159 patients (83 controls, 76 intervention) having total knee or hip replacement surgery, those receiving timely texts showed improvement in the…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 22, 2019
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Surgeons to monitor hip, knee patients using Apple Watches

Editor's Note Zimmer Biomet and Apple Inc have begun a multiyear study that will allow surgeons to use Apple Watches to monitor activities, including heart rate, steps taken, and standing hours of up to 100,000 patients before and after hip and knee replacement surgery, the October 15 Reuters reports. Providers…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 18, 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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Galien Foundation chooses 10 most innovative medical devices of 2018

Editor's Note Nominees for the Best Medical Technology of 2018 were recently chosen by The Galien Foundation, the August 6 Medical Design & Outsourcing reports. Among the 10 most innovative medical devices are: Boston Scientific’s Axios stent and electrocautery enhanced delivery system Boston Scientific’s SpyGlass direct visualization system for cholangiopancreatoscopy…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 15, 2018
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New 3D-printed device with living cells could help treat spinal cord injuries

Editor's Note Engineers and neurosurgical researchers at the University of Minnesota have created a 3D-printed device with living cells that could help patients with long-term spinal cord injuries regain some function, according to this August 9 report from the University of Minnesota. For the procedure, a 3D-printed guide, made of…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 13, 2018
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Siemens, NuVasive announce partnership to create new spine imaging technology

Editor's Note Siemens Healthineers (Erlangen, Germany) and NuVasive (San Diego, California) have entered into a strategic partnership to create integrated 3D imaging, surgical automation technology, and navigation for minimally invasive spine procedures, the August 9 Becker’s Spine Review reports. The collaboration, called the “Spine Precision Partnership,” will integrate Siemen’s Cios…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 13, 2018
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